SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by James Gregory
Specific practices by private lenders and public authorities have created and perpetuated disparities in homeownership and wealth through real estate. Guided by researchers, Washington State is attempting to compensate for that harm.
SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
by Michael Honey
A police killing in Tacoma prompts a historian to reflect on the radical traditions of nonviolent resistance led by Martin Luther King, and the need for hopefulness in struggle.
SOURCE: Seattle Times
A diver and some amateur historians believe they found a lost anchor from Capt. George Vancouver’s 1792 voyage into Puget Sound. But have they?
SOURCE: The Atlantic
At some moment a few years after Jesus Christ died but before the second century began, someone made a brick on the island that would become the cornerstone of Great Britain. The area was controlled by Rome then, and known as Britannia and as the brick lay green, awaiting the kiln, a cat walked across the wet clay and left its footprints before wandering off to do something else. The clay was fired, the prints fixed, and the brick itself presumably became a piece of a building or road.Two thousand years later, a Sonoma State master's student named Kristin Converse was poking around the holdings of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state. She was writing her thesis on the business and technology of brickmaking in Portlandia (known more formally as the Willamette Valley). A brick caught her eye. It was part of an odd group that was not of local origin. In one corner, there were the footprints of a cat. Where had this cat lived?