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Marcus Whitman statue creates TikTok account, is immediately banned

Lee Thomas, author of critically acclaimed novel series Goosebumps October 21, 2021

With rapper Saweetie's voice saying "Let's go" in the background, the Marcus Whitman statue records his frozen, expressionless face with text reading: "Me omw to Oregon Country spreading the White Man's...

Narcissa Whitman monument outside Prentiss quietly removed

Narcissa Whitman monument outside Prentiss quietly removed

Jessie Brandt, Staff Reporter February 18, 2021

In December, the stone monument to Narcissa Whitman next to Prentiss Hall was digitally archived, removed sans public announcement and met with little notice.  Before removal, a digital archive entry...

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Don’t idolize Narcissa Whitman

Nidhi Jaltare, Columnist November 14, 2019

"I am a stranger here myself," by Debra Gwartney, is a book about a young mother who fled Idaho because of its gender expectations. She makes peace with her roots by finding inspiration from Narcissa...

A Proper Monument a joint faculty and student curated exhibit in Maxey Museum, adds to the discourse surrounding the defacement of the Whitmans monuments. It featured the restored Narcissa Whitman portrait, here hung upside down with an accompanying definition of vandalism.

A Proper Monument? Narcissa Whitman Exhibit

Zoe Brown, Staff Reporter April 19, 2018

Avisual exploration of the discourse surrounding the Whitman family makes its home in Maxey Museum’s newest exhibit, “A Proper Monument?”, which opened on April 11 and will remain up until May 5. The...

Photo by Tywen Kelly

Continuing the Conversation: Politics of Material Memory

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter February 1, 2018

On October 9, 2017, recognized nationally as Columbus Day and unofficially as Indigenous People’s day, the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Hall of Prentiss was defaced and the hands...

Mid restoration. The painting was sent immediately to Portland, for the longer the spray paint set the harder it would be to remove. Contributed by The Cultured Pearl

Narcissa Whitman Revisited

Rachel Needham, News Reporter November 9, 2017

This is a continuation of our 'Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced' article. In recent months, the United States has seen an uptick in vandalism of statues portraying figures from throughout its history,...

Whitties still possess missionary spirit

Cara Lowry October 27, 2011

Four years ago, I was a senior in high school about to make what at that point was the most important decision of my life: where to attend college. As your typical over-analytical 17-year-old girl, I naturally...

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