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Challenging History

Crossing Boundaries: Trans History, Then and Now - in partnership with KNKX Public Radio
  • Dates:
    Oct 14, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Ages:
    All ages
  • Where:
  • Tickets:

    FREE – registration required, see below.

  • Accessibility:

    Accessible online

Presented by Washington State Historical Society and KNKX Public Radio
Challenging History
Crossing Boundaries: Trans History, Then and Now
October 14, 7:00-8:00 PM
Virtual program
FREE, registration required

Spend an hour with KNKX’s host Ed Ronco and producer Vivian McCall in conversation with curators Peter Boag and Gwen Whiting, talking about the original exhibition Crossing Boundaries: Portraits of a Transgender West. They’ll come to your screen live from the History Museum’s gallery to explore the challenging experiences of transgender individuals who lived in the Pacific Northwest during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and to consider how westward migration provided opportunities for self-expression and fulfillment.

Tune into this program via Zoom and learn more about the history of gender, identity, and changing cultural perceptions. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions during Q & A, too.

Register ahead of time to get the program Zoom link:
Register here

About the Curators

PETER BOAG (he/him) is a professor of history and Columbia Chair in the History of the American West at Washington State University, Vancouver. He has written extensively on the cultural, social, and environmental history of the Pacific Northwest. Boag grew up in Portland, Oregon, earned a BA degree at the University of Portland, and attended graduate school at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Oregon where he received a Ph.D. in 1988. Boag’s publications include Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past (University of California Press, 2011), Same-Sex Affairs: Constructing and Controlling Homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest (University of California Press, 2003), and Environment and Experience: Settlement Culture in Nineteenth-Century Oregon (University of California Press, 1992). His next book will publish in early 2022, Pioneering Death: The Violence of Boyhood in Turn-of-the-Century Oregon (Seattle: University of Washington Press).

GWEN WHITING (she/her) is the Lead Curator at the Washington State Historical Society. She holds a Master of Arts in Military History from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Exhibitions that Gwen has curated for the Historical Society include the recent Remembrance: The Legacy of Executive Order 9066 and Crossing Boundaries: Portraits of a Transgender West (in collaboration with historian Peter Boag). Whiting has received numerous honors for her work in exhibits and education, including the American Association of State and Local History’s Award of Merit and the American Association of Museums’ MUSE (Silver) Award for Community.