From UWT’s Oral History Collection: Interviews with Influential Women of the Puget Sound

Today, Friday March 8th, in recognition International Women’s Day the UW Tacoma Library would like to share some of the inspiring women from our region included in our oral history collection, the Tacoma Community History Project. You can read their full stories (including transcribed interviews) by following the links below.   Ren Wilson, Ruth Nordstrom, Anne Read More…

From UWT’s Oral History Collection: Dr. Maxine Mimms and Building a Learning Community

Interview and Project By Robin Eisenbacher; blog post written by Erika Wigren. Educator, administrator, social worker, inspiration; throughout her lifetime, Dr. Maxine Williams has had many titles. In her interview with UW alumni Robin Eisenbacher she discusses over 60 years of work and achievements in the education field. Dr. Maxine Mimms was born in racially Read More…

Discourses on Civil Rights: A New Exhibit in SNO

In honor of Black History Month (also called African American History Month), the UW Tacoma Library has a new exhibit up in the Snoqualmie Building. We wanted  to highlight literature written by contemporary African American authors (such as Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming), as well as scholarship about the Civil Rights movement.  To enhance the relevance Read More…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy: Interviews with Local Civil Rights Activists

Today, Monday Jan. 21st, we honor Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was a nonviolent, civil rights activist committed to equality and social justice. His work and legacy have inspired communities and individuals to campaign for equal rights, demand economic justice, and to enact social and political change. In recognition of Dr. King’s Read More…

From UW Tacoma Library’s Oral History Collection: Father Bill Bichsel and the Disarm Now Plowshares

Interview and Project By Lucas Dambergs; blog post written by Erika Wigren Born and raised in Tacoma, Father Bill Bichsel, best known by his nickname “Father Bix,” was a Jesuit priest and non-violent activist who committed his life to community service and anti-war efforts. With friends, Father Bichsel co-founded the Tacoma Catholic Worker, a community Read More…