Photos from the Exhibit

Purpose of the Exhibit

This exhibit seeks to integrate disparate parts of the Lucullus Virgil McWhorter Collections held in the Museum of Anthropology and Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at Washington State University. The unifying theme of the exhibit is Lucullus Virgil McWhorter’s role as a cultural mediator between Anglo Americans and the native peoples of the Columbia Plateau. The exhibit does not attempt to draw conclusions about McWhorter’s interactions with Indian people, but the curators present evidence and artifacts that illuminate the complex relationships that he had with individuals including Yellow Wolf, Many Wounds, Peo Peo Tholekt, Louis Mann, Mourning Dove, and many others.

The exhibit has been curated by the students enrolled in History 529, Interpreting History through Material Culture. In cooperation with Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections and the Museum of Anthropology, students researched, selected, and prepared for display various artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, and other documents pertaining to the exhibit’s theme.

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Curators: Amy Canfield, Marc Entze, Michael Evans, Katy Fry, Cindy Kaag, Cara Kaser, George Means, Lee O’Connor, Susan Schultz, Amanda Van Lanen

Supervising Curators: Dr. Robert McCoy; Cheryl Gunselman, Manuscripts Librarian

Assistance Provided by: Dr. Mary Collins, Associate Director, WSU Museum of Anthropology; Dr. Ron Pond, Interim Director of the Plateau Center for Native American Studies; Dr. Steve Evans, author of Voice of Old Wolf: Lucullus Virgil McWhorter and the Nez Perce Indians; Kermit Edmonds, Independent Scholar; Kevin Peters, Nez Perce National Historical Park, Spalding, ID; WSU Museum of Art

The Exhibit was made possible by: Washington State University Department of History, Pettyjohn Fund; Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Graphic Design: Michael Walpole, Graphic Designer, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

For further information: Resources in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Researchers looking for historical information about Plateau peoples will find many useful resources in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) at Washington State University. Collections in MASC consist of records and documents including manuscripts, photographs, audio and video tapes, films, and printed and published materials (books, maps, broadsides, etc.). These collections are open to the public for use in the MASC reading room; please contact us or see our website for information about access, or visit MASC during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.