October 20, 2016,  Richard Sola will give a talk about  Desert of Wheat – Zane Grey in the Inland Empire, that takes us back to 1917, just after the U.S. entered the First World War.  

The famous Western author Zane Grey wrote about the impacts of the war in Eastern Washington after visiting Spokane area in April, 1917.

This presentation separates fact from fiction and explores how The Great War affected the region and the role that the Inland Empire played in the war.

Richard Sola is a frequent guest lecturer at local universities and community organizations.  

Richard’s research focusing on the social history of early urban Spokane the influence of Spokane and the Inland Empire on the nation and the world in the first part of the 20th century.

He is the author of Eric A. Johnston – Transforming the American Film Industry, 1945 – 1963, published in The Pacific Northwesterner (October, 2015).   

Sharing PACIFIC Northwest HISTORY

Westerners Spokane CORRAL 

Upper images are courtesy of  the Northwest Room . The lower image is courtesy of Richard Sola. 

The purpose of the Westerners Spokane Corral is to bring together in warm fellowship men and women who have a common interest in Pacific Northwest history. The Westerners meets the third Thursday of every month, except July and August. Westerners encourage historical research,  popularize western lore , history through publication, awards and preservation of archival records, documents and other evidence of the Pacific Northwest.

​ Call Sheriff  Dick Jensen (509) 747-1335. Send mail to:  The Westerners Spokane, P.O. Box 1717, Spokane, WA 99210 for more information.  We meet the third Thursday of every month, except July and August.  Meeting time is 5:30PM for dinner and 7:00PM for the speaker at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 South Windsor Drive, Spokane.

The Topic for October

Desert of Wheat- Zane Grey in the Inland Empire .

Est. 1955

​His article “The Two Mrs. Fassetts – Controversy, Scandal and Social Change in Early Urban Spokane” will be in the October, 2016 issue of the Pacific Northwesterner.  

Richard graduated with a B.A. with honors in history from the University of California, San Diego (U.C.S.D.) with secondary areas of concentration in visual arts (primarily film) and political science.   

Richard also graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law and was a practicing attorney for 20 years.  

From 1998 until retiring in 2014, Richard Sola was employed in a variety of management positions with Eastern Washington University’s Early Head Start Program.

Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224. Contact Pat Holien by October 10th, for reservations.  Pat's email is patholien@comcast.net  and phone number is 509-951-2090