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EWU prof turns students into diehard local historians

On a cold gray Tuesday afternoon in Cheney, Larry Cebula tells his students to grab their jackets. The Eastern Washington University history professor pulls a long, wool overcoat over his suit, throws a scarf around his neck and looks out at his class: “Let’s take a walk.” They walk across campus – in twos and threes, across lawns of crunching brown leaves – to see what has become of the place where, 130 years ago, a mob broke into the rickety wooden jail, looped a rope around the neck of an “unnamed Indian,” lobbed it over a sturdy branch and yanked it until the man was dead. These students have read yellowing articles about the incident, but history looks different when you’re standing there.

MAC, SPA revieve Old House Workshop

After a 10-year absence, the Old House Workshop is being revived by the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the Spokane Preservation Advocates. The three-night series starts March 11 and continues March 18 and 25 at the MAC auditorium, 2316 W. First Ave. Workshops will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

Megan Duvall is new historic preservation officer for Spokane

The city of Spokane and Spokane County have hired Megan Duvall as the new historic preservation officer. Duvall comes to Spokane from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation where she was the certified local government coordinator and also ran the statewide survey and inventory program.

1889: The Great Fire and Revival in Spokane

The Great Fire of Spokane, which happened 125 years ago this week, gave Spokane Falls what many feared was its "death blow." It destroyed most of downtown, reducing it to a tent city. The property damage was estimated at around $5 million or $6 million, but about half was covered by insurance. The post-fire land was actually worth more than it was before, since many destroyed buildings were old and rickety and had already "outlived their usefulness." At the end of 1889, the city's board of trade estimated that 500 buildings were under construction within the fire limits, mostly "in solid brick or stone, from three to seven stories high."As 1889 drew to a close, it became clear that Spokane Falls had dodged its "death blow." The rickety wood-framed town of 1888 had become the sturdy brick-built city of 1890. Spokane Falls had come of age.

German choir sings 100 years of Inland Northwest history

The Concordia Choir, the “heart” of Spokane’s German-American Society, will celebrate 100 years of existence tonight with German food, beer, dancing and singing – lots of singing. The event – which begins at 6 p.m. at the Deutsches Haus, commonly known as the German Hall on Third Avenue near downtown Spokane – is sold out.