About Arlene

Arlene Spencer
Arlene Spencer

Arlene Spencer is a Staff Writer for Global Maritime History a professional academic publication founded in 2013 by Oxford University Bodleian Library Manager, Naval Historian, and Art Historian, Dr Justin Reay; and Dr Samuel McLean, graduate of the Department of War Studies, King’s College of London, and professional mariner who is also a Canadian Nautical Research Society Councillor.

Recently, Arlene was also a regular contributor to the Grand Coulee (Washington State) history publication, Them Dam Writers. Them Dam Writers was launched in 1985 to make Grand Coulee history more accessible, but closed shop in April 2021.

Her work is published where arm-chair historians, genealogists, locals, scholars, and resource management professionals interested in the very experiences and historical periods in the places which her research subjects lived. Her contributions reaches readers likely to purchase her books.

Since 2010, Arlene has researched primary and secondary sources relating to her three subjects, full time. She has carried out her work assisted by the generosity of university professors, through collaboration with professional archival researchers, and with the assistance of archivists of historical repositories all over the world.

Findings about Richard Williams alias Cornish adds to what is currently understood about his significant life, early 17th century commercial sailing and English merchants and their role in the early British settlement of North America, but, too, the first known use of capital punishment for the then “crime” of sodomy, state-enforced morality, on the North American continent.

Arlene has also finished researching two other people, each 19th century Americans: one, James Dillman a sheep man, blacksmith, and trapper, who was an Oregon pioneer and a survivor of the violent Range Wars; and the other, Catherine Northrup who survived a particularly lethal sortie against newly settled homesteaders during the Nez Perce War but was murdered ten years later. Neither patricians nor powerful people, James’ and Catherine’s histories are important because they further what we understand about the Civil War; lives of Western settlers at the close of the Homestead Act; Nez Perce Wars survivors; and familial, regional and American histories of the ‘every person’.

No books have been published about any of her subjects. Hers’ will be the first.

During her graduate studies Arlene learned scholarly research methodologies and Socratic circumspection. She has written all of her life. She began writing creatively very young and continued writing professionally as a staff and consulting grant writer and fundraiser. Her writing, educational and practical experience, and Arlene’s creativity, analytical nature, attention to detail, but especially her love of a well-told story come through in her writing. In 2011 she participated in NaNoWriMo and completed the competition’s 50,000 words written in 30 days goal, having written 57,989 words during November 2011, in a fictional creative writing novel, Life Attended.

In 1992 Arlene earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology at Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, Washington. After, in 1998, she returned to CWU, and completed two years of study in the Resource Management Masters of Science program focused on the program’s Cultural Resource Management (Archaeology) track.

Today, Arlene is hashtag PostAc, not credentialed but rather an independent researcher.