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).
Upper images are courtesy of the Northwest Room . The lower image is courtesy of Richard Sola.
The Topic for October
Desert of Wheat- Zane Grey in the Inland Empire .
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 email@example.com and phone number is 509-951-2090