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Sara W. TuckerSara 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. 

Email: sara.tucker@washburn.edu
Webpage: http://www.washburn.edu/cas/history/stucker/SWThome.html

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