WHITMAN COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY is hosting a free Spring Mini-Seminar 

Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9 AM – 12 Noon 
Bishop Place Independent Living Social Room, 811 SE Klemgard, Pullman, WA 

To register for this event, send your name to whitmancgs@gmail.com The event is free,
but we need to plan for set-up, refreshments & the number of handouts needed. Walk-in
registration is possible, but pre-registration is preferred. Last minute attendance may not be
able to receive handout material. Questions? Call Sue Kreikemeier at 509-595-3307.

Whitman Heritage Digital Collections program manager for Whitman County Library
Alex Otero is the Archivist for Whitman County Historical Society

Presenting Whitman Heritage Digital Collection “Okay, I Have My DNA Results: Now What?” 

Above: Franklin School students, Pullman, 1912 from the Staley Museum Collection 

Seminar Schedule 

9:00 am: – The doors open. Gather, grab a beverage, pick up handouts. 

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Presenting Whitman Heritage Digital Collection, Kathy Buchholtz & Alex Otero 10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break and Refreshments 

10:45 am – 11:45 am: “Okay, I Have My DNA Results: Now What?”, Jill Nock 

Kathy Buchholtz is the Whitman Heritage Digital Collections program manager for Whitman County Library. Alex Otero is the Archivist for Whitman County Historical Society. They will share information about Whitman County Library’s online digital collection; how it came about, how it is funded*, and how to use it. The collection consists of over 5,000 historical images from all over Whitman County. There will be a slide presentation with photographs from Whitman County and a demonstration on how to access and navigate the collection, followed by a time for questions.  

*The collection is supported by a grant with funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library Services Technology Act, through the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. 

Jill Nock, a WCGS member since 2016, has attained the Accredited Genealogist (AG) credential in the U.S. Upper South region through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. Her business is Mountain State Genealogy (http://mtnstgen.com). Focus of Jill’s presentation: Are you stumped with what to do with your DNA test results?  DNA has become the genealogy “go-to”. Some brick walls crumble in the face of DNA evidence, but just as often, DNA brings new discoveries to secrets that were long hidden. Jill walks through the steps and gives information for the tools to help you on your DNA journey, followed by a time for questions. 

Directions to Seminar: Turn off Bishop Boulevard onto Klemgard St., follow Klemgard St. up the hill and turn left at the top. Do not go into the front entrance, but turn right, continuing up the hill and turn left at the white carports.  After parking, enter the building through the main doors near the carports and go straight ahead to the Social Room.


April 15th, 2024 | Posted by Debbie McNeil in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We are currently meeting monthly at the Whitman County Genealogy Library and via Zoom.   Please join us for our next meeting on May 15 at 1:00 p.m.  If you are interested in attending, please join us or contact us for the meeting ID and password.

Library Holdings

August 20th, 2023 | Posted by Teresa Smick in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We are currently reducing our library holdings.  We hope to post a new listing when this is completed.  In the meantime, please forgive us if we no longer have what you request.

“Making AHA! Happen”
A seminar with community historian and author
Historical research can lead to many dead ends if one’s thinking is closed to alternatives. This
seminar will explore several proven techniques to increase what is termed “lateral thinking.”
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023, 10 A.M.
Bishop Place Independent Living Social Room
811 SE Klemgard St., Pullman, WA
Registration ahead of time is appreciated by responding to Whitmancgs@gmail.com. Event is
FREE but registrations and donations will be accepted at the door.
Gather at 10 AM. The one hour presentation begins at 10:15 AM with a brief time for questions
afterwards. Refreshments will be available. Come greet your genealogy friends after a long absence
of getting together. Masks are not required, but certainly appropriate, if you wish. Watch for further
details in the next newsletter.

Steven Branting’s biography includes the following:
Since 2000, many of this country’s leading history, geography and
preservation organizations — including the American Association for State
and Local History, The History Channel and the Society for American
Archaeology — have honored Steven Branting for the depth, scope and
variety of his research and field work.
In 2009, he was nominated for the American Historical Association’s
prestigious William and Edwyna Gilbert Award, which recognizes
outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication
of journal articles. Branting has written ten (10) books on the history of
Lewiston. Branting’s articles have appeared in, among others, the Western
Historical Quarterly, The History Teacher, Idaho Magazine, Nostalgia and Idaho Yesterdays.
The Idaho State Historical Society conferred upon him the 2011 Esto Perpetua Award, its
highest honor, citing his leadership in “some of the most significant preservation and interpretation
projects undertaken in Idaho.” Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter awarded him that year’s Outstanding
Cultural Tourism Award for showcasing Idaho’s heritage.
In 2013, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Branting its
coveted Historical Preservation Medal. In 2015, Lewis-Clark State College selected him for the
Marion Shinn Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2016 he was awarded the President’s Medallion
for his efforts to safeguard the heritage that the college and community have shared since the 1890s.
During 2018, the Lewiston Tribune published 104 of his columns highlighting events and people
who featured greatly in the history of Lewis-Clark State College, which was celebrating its 125th
anniversary and for whom Branting holds the office of “Institutional Historian,” the first since Henry
Leonidas Talkington in the 1940s.
Branting’s tenth Lewiston book — Interiors: Old Lewiston Behind Doors — was released in
September 2022.


June 20th, 2022 | Posted by Teresa Smick in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
Congratulations to Selma Ragle, the winner of the Dorothy Sevier Matson Scholarship.
A big thank you to Skyla Hu, Zach Hogg and Mayson Anderson for applying.
As always, it’s hard to pick a winner every year as we get very strong applicants. We also wish you much luck in your futures. We are sure all four of you will do great things.

Saturday, April 2 EWGS April Seminar

This meeting can be attended in person or via Zoom
Shadle Public Library is located at 2111 W. Wellesley Avenue, Spokane, Washington
Richard Sola will present:
1) Creating a Region – The Populating of Spokane & The Inland Empire, 1870-1920
2) Living Their Lives in the Inland Empire – 1870-1920
Susan Dechant will present:
3) A Monumental Story, a Grand Coulee Mystery
Price is $25.00 for EWGS members and $35.00 for non members with a Taco Bar offered for an additional $8.50 for those attending in person.  Go to www.EWGSI.org for more information and to find out how to register.  Just click Upcoming Events on the left side of the home page and scroll down to the Spring Seminar..

Roots Tech will be March 3 – 5th, 2022.  It is again free and online!  If you would like to sign up, click this link or visit rootstech.org.


Antiques Roadshow

February 19th, 2022 | Posted by Teresa Smick in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
Do you watch Antiques Roadshow on PBS?  Did you know that Antiques Roadshow is coming to Boise, ID on May 31st?  Do you have an item to share or would like to attend the show? This is your chance!  Here’s a link to enter their drawing for free tickets. The deadline for entering is March 21st. Here’s the link:
Good Luck!

Dorothy Sevier Matson Bio

August 7th, 2021 | Posted by Teresa Smick in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Dorothy was a lifetime resident of Pullman, being born 27 January 1920 to Henry Sevier and
Almira Lakin Sevier, the youngest of 6 siblings and 4 half-siblings. She graduated from Pullman
High School and attended beautician school in Spokane. She then returned to Pullman to work until
she joined the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). While in the Navy,
she was stationed in Washington, DC during World War II where she worked with decoding.
Following the war, she returned to Pullman and worked at Washington State College (now
University) in the mailing department until she retired. She married George Matson 7 January 1955
and he passed away 23 February 1982.
Dorothy had a thirst for knowledge about the past and the people of this area, particularly
things relating to Whitman County genealogy and history, with an emphasis on Pullman. She was
a cornerstone member of Whitman County Genealogical Society, a lifetime member, and the
researcher, who for years single-handedly responded to all of the people who wrote to WCGS asking
for help in finding out more information about their Whitman County families. She collected
information on people of the area and clipped thousands of newspaper articles, mostly obituaries,
but also anniversary celebrations, marriages, reunions and more. She pasted these articles on index
cards and several members of WCGS entered every name from these cards into a computer database.
WCGS then published three volumes of indexes to these cards entitled “Whitman County
Washington Families, An Every Name Index to the Newspaper and Resource Collections of Dorothy
Sevier Matson, Vols. I, II and III.” These three indexes (volumes) total over 650 pages of just
names! The original cards are stored at the WCGS library and are regularly used by WCGS
researchers and others visiting the library. In 2000, Dorothy donated her entire library and all of her
research files to WCGS.
Prior to her death on 18 August 2002, Dorothy made a substantial gift to Whitman County
Genealogical Society in memory of her brother, Dale Sevier. Dorothy’s dream had always been to
write a history of Pullman. Although she was not able to realize that dream in her lifetime, she knew
that Whitman County Genealogical Society would carry on her legacy of helping others who were
researching their Whitman County roots. She also knew that WCGS would help keep alive the
history and records of the Palouse and share it with others, through publications, research, etc.
WCGS felt the best way to remember Dorothy was to create an endowed fund to honor her.
WCGS selected Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF), now Innovia Foundation, to
handle this fund. The fund was established in September 2009. The WCGS Endowment Fund and
Dorothy were featured in the 2010 INWCF Calendar and Annual Report on the month of July.
With the annual distributable income from the endowment fund, WCGS created a scholarship
in memory of Dorothy. The Dorothy Sevier Matson Scholarship was awarded for the first time in
June 2010.
WCGS is very pleased to be able to honor Dorothy in this way and feels this scholarship is
a perfect tribute to her love of the region’s history and genealogy and her support of education. One
of Dorothy’s favorite phrases was: “…for my own amazement.” We think Dorothy would be very
amazed, pleased and humbled to have this wonderful tribute to her.

Dorothy Sevier Matson during World War II



July 30th, 2021 | Posted by Teresa Smick in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We would like to announce the winners of the Dorothy Sevier Matson Scholarship. Justin Thompson and Safaa Turner-Rahmen will each receive $500 towards their college education. Thank you for applying and good luck with your future endeavors!