In the fall of 2017, I took two graduate level classes for the first time since fall 2016. One class was the usual type of research and writing class one might expect. The other was an archives class with two professors and it was significantly more work than I anticipated.
In addition to writing a new article for Spokane Historical, I learned a lot about traditional and digital archives. I still don’t want to be an archivist but I think the class helped me better understand how to use archives for my own research.
Other exciting news, I’ve been working to have a local cemetery placed on the National Register of Historic Places. That is the goal, however, it might be too lofty of a goal considering how small the community is. Part of the process required sending the nomination to a state level office. The people at the Washington office are very friendly and helpful. I’ve been told the National Register is a truly tough sell, especially for a cemetery. But, here comes a silver lining, it might make it onto the state register. I’ve been waiting for the nomination package to undergo an informal review since September. I received an e-mail just before Christmas and am now waiting for my Formal Review Board date. Look out Washington Heritage Register (WHR), you might be gaining one more sight this Spring!
By getting the package polished for the WHR, my hope is that the nomination will be stronger at the national level. But, for now, I’m just focusing on the state level.