Will the 2020s Roar Like the 1920s?


May 21, 2022    
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
115 SE Lake St., Ilwaco, WA, 98640, Pacific County

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Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and Humanities Washington partner to present history professor William Woodward.
The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco invites the community to a free in-person conversation with William Woodward, a member of the 2021-2023 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program, on Saturday May 21st, at 1PM. Special thanks to Humanities Washington for financial support of this program.
A pandemic, protests, and economic jolts ushered in the so-called “Roaring Twenties.” Americans adjusted in ways both innovative and counterproductive. What lessons from the 1920s can we apply to our own looming 20s?
Historian William Woodward charts the eerily familiar developments of a century ago: shattered idealism, social clashes, domestic terrorism, culture wars, disorienting technologies, and fearsome disease. How might stories from a particular moment in the past—one with remarkable parallels to the present—shed light on ways for us to move forward? As the 2020s unfold, what conversations should we have?
William Woodward (he/him) is an award-winning professor of American and Pacific Northwest history at Seattle Pacific University.  His teaching, research, and writing focus on iconic elements of regional and national culture, including the military and baseball.  His co-authored pictorial history of the Washington National Guard was released in 2019.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, as well as a master’s degree and PhD from Georgetown University.