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Rodeo: The greatest show on dirt

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Rodeo: The greatest show on dirt

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Brooks Student Commons, 2nd Floor

Cost: Free!


Join us for an afternoon with Mike Allen.

Michael Allen, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Washington, Tacoma, was born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, and graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1968. After service as a Marine Corps artilleryman in Vietnam  (1969-70), he earned his BA, MA, and PhD in History from, respectively, Central Washington State College, University of Montana, and University of Washington, Seattle. He has taught at Tennessee Technological University, Deep Springs College, Eastern Montana College, and UW Tacoma. His seven books include the award-winning Western Rivermen, 1763-1861: Ohio and Mississippi Boatmen and the Myth of the Alligator Horse (Baton Rouge, LSU, 1990), Rodeo Cowboys in the North American Imagination (Reno. U Nevada, 1998), and the co-authored (with Larry Schweikart) #1 New York Times Bestseller, A Patriot's History of the United States (Penguin/Sentinel 2004, 2014, 2019). He has three adult children--Jim, Davy, and Caroline--and lives in Ellensburg. In 1997, he helped to found the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association and currently helps create museum displays at the Western Culture and Arts Center, 416 N. Pearl.


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