Walter C. Schnackenberg Endowment

Dr. Walter C. Schnackenberg (1917-1973) graduated from Pacific Lutheran College in 1937 and received his B.A. from St. Olaf College in 1939. He received his M.A. from Gonzaga University in 1947 and his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1950. He taught at PLU from 1942 until 1944, and at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, from 1950 until 1952. He returned to Pacific Lutheran University in 1952 as Associate Professor of History and Political Science, and became Professor of History in 1958. He was chairman of the Department of History from 1963 until 1973, and served as faculty representative to the Board of Regents during the 1972-73 academic year. He was author of The Lamp and the Cross: Sagas of Pacific Lutheran University from 1890 to 1965 (1965) and Now or Never: Reflections of the Fullness of Time (1957), and contributed numerous articles to historical and religious journals.

One of Dr. Schnackenbergs most frequently expressed wishes was that Pacific Lutheran University might establish a lectureship which would, on a regular basis, bring to the campus distinguished members of the world academic community to discuss significant topics of historical interest. Accordingly, the Department of History and the Schnackenberg family announced on February 8, 1974, the creation of the Walter C. Schnackenberg Memorial Lecture, to be inaugurated during the 1974-1975 academic year.

The Forty-second Annual Walter C. Schnackenberg Memorial Lecture

Will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Philip A. Nordquist Lecture Hall (201) in Xavier Hall.  The lecturer will be Elizabeth Fenn, the Walter and Lucienne Driskill Professor of Western American History at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  Her book, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in History. The title of the talk is “Sakagawea’s Capture and the History of the West.”  Professor Fenn’s lecture will address the “prehistory” of Sakagawea’s journey with Lewis and Clark, explaining what her capture can teach us about the history of the early West. Amply illustrated with maps, photographs, and other illustrations, Fenn’s lecture will be accessible to wide ranging audiences, including undergraduates and the general public.  There will be a reception following the lecture.

The lecture and reception is free and open to the public.

Previous Schnackenberg lecturers have been:

Margaret Jacobs (2015)
Joel Harrington (2014)
Neil Foley (2013)
Michael Adas (2012)
Raymond Mentzer (2011)
Martha Sandweiss (2010)
Joshua Fogel (2009)
Omer Bartov (2008)
Robin C. Stacey (2007)
Elliott J. Gorn (2006)
Philip Short (2005)
Michael Grossberg (2004)
Steven Mintz (2003)

Gerhard Hirschfeld (2002)
Orville Schell (2001)
Vicki L. Ruiz (2000)
Peter N. Stearns (1999)
Christopher R. Browning (1998)
LeRoy Ashby (1997)
Charles Royster (1996)
Richard White (1995)
Michael R. Marrus (1994)
Walter Nugent (1993)
Carl N. Degler (1992)
Immanuel C.Y. Hsu (1991)
Robert Nozick (1990)
Glenda Riley (1989)

Robert Collins (1988)
Stanley Kutler (1987)
Lloyd Eastman (1986)
Donald Miller (1985)
George Mosse (1984)
Gerald Strauss (1983)
Warren Cohen (1982)
Margot Liberty (1981)
Raul Hilberg (1980)
Roderick Nash (1979)
Paul T.K. Lin (1978)
Lewis W. Spitz (1977)
Page Smith (1976)
David B. Truman (1975)

Contributions to the Walter C. Schnackenberg Memorial Lecture are most welcome, and may be made through the Development Office of Pacific Lutheran University.