Hanford’s history is more than local – it has statewide, national, and international ramifications. The Hanford History Project offers a variety of resources to students who wish to learn more about Hanford, or about the “applied fields” of public history.
We maintain a robust schedule of oral history interviews, averaging about two per week. To view any of the more than 200 interviews in our archive visit our Collections page.
If you have a family member or friend we should interview, or if you yourself would like to volunteer to be interviewed please contact us.
The Hanford History Project staff gladly supervise students who are earning internship credits. Students can pick up a variety of skills, from digital editing of photos and video, helping the archivist and curator care for items and conducting historical research or helping with community outreach. Internships can help students build new skills and be competitive when they enter the job market. Contact an advisor for details on how to enroll in internship credit.
During the summer break we provide several paid internships in the project archives and collections. In addition to learning valuable applied history skills, summer interns can take advantage of specialized site tours and trainings when available. Priority for summer internships is given to students who have interned or volunteered with the project over the fall or spring semester preceding the summer break. Find out more here.
Interested in Hanford or need primary source research for a class? The Hanford History Project archives and collections are open to any students for research purposes, and any reproduction fees are waived to current WSU students. In addition, project staff are happy to help students with other historical research topics and how to use school research and journal databases. Make an appointment to learn more.