About Us: Fellows Biography
Sara W. Tucker joined
the Washburn faculty in 1975 and is currently a Professor of History.
Although a by training a non-American historian, since coming to
Kansas she has gotten involved in various Kansas history projects.
She has collected oral histories from both women serving in the
Kansas legislature and those doing housework in the era before
plumbing and electricity, producing from them an assortment of
conference papers and articles. She is a very active member of
the Kansas Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, giving speeches
to public groups across Kansas on various 19th and 20th century
Kansas women's topics, including her most popular offering "Grandma
May Have Been a Lady, But She Worked Like a Dog," as well as one
on sod houses.
As a result of this activity, she received the KHC 1997 Horizon
Award, for achievement in connecting the worlds of scholarship
and Kansas public humanities, as well as the 1998 Washburn Faculty
Service Award, again in good part reflecting her Kansas Studies
outreach activities. Together with Tom Averill and Karen Ray, other
Center members, she has several times co-taught Kansas Characters,
a course in which students develop either a 20 minute public performance
or a website profiling one significant Kansan. She currently serves
as Center webmaster.
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