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Although its doors are shut, Penrose Library carries on

Photo by Carson Jones.

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

September 24, 2020

While Penrose Library’s doors remain shut to the public, its employees continue to digitize records and expand digital collections to help faculty and students with their online semester. Currently the library still offers a host of services: curbside pickup to borrow books, mail delivery to those outside of ...

Tracking the demise of the Whitman yearbook

Illustration by Megan Waldau

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

February 4, 2020

After years of budget cuts and vacillating student interest, Whitman’s yearbook, previously known as Waiilatpu, went quietly out of publication in 2017. Its discontinuation has repercussions for both the Alumni Association, which utilizes the yearbook in their reunion efforts, and the Penrose Librar...

Ankeny Excavation Reveals Lives of Nineteenth Century Students

Clara Wheeler, staff writer

February 25, 2016

A recent excavation done by the Whitman archival team at a dig site in an undisclosed and inaccessible corner of Ankeny revealed pages from the ancient college newspaper Unnamed, founded by the community organizer Marcus Whitman himself. These documents were surrounded by curses and booby traps to diss...

Absence of houses for women’s fraternities has historic roots

Georgia Lyon

February 25, 2016

The sexism of the past reaches into the present through the housing options available to Greek Life at Whitman College.

Take a Trip Back in Time

Karah Kemmerly

November 7, 2013

This week, The Pioneer took a look at Walla Walla history. First we chatted with the president of the Kirkman House Museum Board of Directors about the museum's upcoming Festival of Converging Histories, a celebration of Victorian history and steampunk aesthetics. Then we talked with a research team abo...

Archive work––Erika Horwege profile

Kaili Masamoto

October 25, 2012

While working inside Penrose Library may not sound like most people's ideal way to spend summer vacation, senior Erika Horwege jumped at the opportunity. When Barbara Maxwell sent out an email asking for someone to help in the archives, Horwege readily applied since working in the archives incorporated...

Artifacts fly under campus radar

Hannah Bartman

October 25, 2012

Many of the exhibits on campus fly under the radar of many students, ranking as features of the college that people have heard of but not actually taken the time to see. Between the Penrose Library archives, the Maxey Museum holdings and many others, Whitman has much to offer in exhibits. That they go...

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