spokane history

StoryCorps Recordings Become Spokane-Centric Programs

Jun 20, 2016

When StoryCorps brought their portable recording booth to Spokane in 2015, the organizers asked specifically for two categories of interviews: tales of being in the Military, and stories related to gender identity.  SPR volunteer producer Emmet Stackelberg has taken those SFCC recordings and turned them into two separate half-hour programs that aired June 21, 2016.

The 'Davenport Grand' in Photos

Jun 17, 2015
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The Davenport staff and owners opened the new Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane today. The convention-style hotel holds 716 guests rooms, 3 restaurants/bars, and 63,177 sq feet of meeting space. 

Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

It’s that time of year in Spokane when lilacs are in bloom, nights are above freezing, and the community is gearing up for an annual parade. The Lilac Festival and Armed Forces Torchlight Parade happen this Saturday.

If you have been a listener to Morning Edition for any length of time, you are likely familiar with StoryCorps. Now Spokane area residents will have a chance to record their memories for the project. The segment that runs on Fridays is an edited version of an oral history project that tapes about 1000 conversation per year.

They are often very poignant and moving pieces, such as this one that featured Word War 2 veteran Joseph Robertson, and his recollection of shooting a German soldier during the Battle of the Bulge:

'Residents' of the Campbell House visit Verne in the studio to discuss the Campbell House Holidays exhibit at The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. Direct from 1910, the lady of the house -- Mrs. Campbell -- welcomes visitors to her decorated home, and the cook -- Hulda Johnson Olson -- asks for assistance in the kitchen making sugar cookies.