My research explores the relationships between myth and history in the American West. In my dissertation, I trace the historical legacy of Marcus Whitman, a nineteenth-century Protestant missionary to the Cayuse Indians in Oregon Territory. After his death in 1847, Whitman was lauded by American Protestants as a missionary martyr, and legends about his bravery and patriotism circulated...
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About Howard R. Lamar
     The Center honors Howard Roberts Lamar, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History and Former President of the University. Lamar, well-known for his pivotal contributions to the field of western history, continues to work as a scholar and adviser.
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