Recorded Webinar: History Relevance Coffee Break with Washington State Historical Society

Recorded On: 11/29/2018

Take a coffee break with Gwen Whiting of Washington State Historical Society and Elisabeth Marsh of the Organization of American Historians and the History Relevance initiative. During this thirty-minute interview, Gwen and Elisabeth discuss the challenges faced and lessons learned in the development of Washington State Historical Society's new permanent exhibit, "Washington, My Home."

This webinar is part of the History Relevance Coffee Break webinar series. Each webinar in this short-form series showcases projects by history organizations that are making history relevant to their communities in meaningful, measurable, and replicable ways. Webinar participants will glean practical tips for how organizations can connect issues of the past to issues of the present and meet their relevance goals.


RECORDING DATE: Thursday, November 29, 2018

COST: $Free Members / $5 Non-members

Description and Outcomes:

Interview Questions:

  • Tell us about how you connected issues of the past with issues of the present?
  • What were some of the challenges you faced in implementing this project?
  • What did you learn from the evaluation of your project?
  • Based on your experience making history relevant through this project, what are the three most important suggestions you have for others working to make history relevant at their institutions?

Participant Outcomes:

  • Learn how Washington State Historical Society makes history relevant in measurable and replicable ways
  • Feel inspired by the featured organization to endorse the Value of History Statement and employ formal survey and evaluation techniques when evaluating the success of their projects
  • Feel motivated to think creatively about how they can make history relevant through projects at their own institution
  • Learn practical tips for how organizations can connect issues of the past to issues of the presents


  • Elisabeth Marsh, Director of Membership and Program Development, Organization of American Historians; Steering Committee Member, History Relevance Initiative
  • Gwen Whiting, Lead Curator, Washington State Historical Society


HR Coffee Break with WSHS - Recorded Webinar
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Open to view video.
HR Coffee Break with WSHS - Handout - "Washington, My Home" Presentation Slides
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Open to download resource. Slides from Gwen Whiting's presentation about "Washington, My Home," the exhibit discussed during this webinar. The presentation slides include notes (in the notes field) and contact information for Gwen.
Value of History Statement
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Open to download resource.