About Arlene

Arlene Spencer
Arlene Spencer

Arlene Spencer tells lost or forgotten true stories. She returns them to us from her relentless investigation and analysis of primary and secondary historical sources. She uses her creativity, curiosity, vibrant imagination, and her attention to detail to understand and to share her findings. Arlene’s gift is that she places readers into the experiences of her subjects’ histories.

Besides conducting research full time, Arlene is also 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; in partnership with Dr. Samuel McLean, graduate of the Department of War Studies, King’s College of London, and professional mariner who is also a Councillor in the Canadian Nautical Research Society.

Until it closed, 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 ensure that Grand Coulee history continues to be investigated and accessible. Them Dam Writers last posted in April 2021.

Her work is published in resources that arm-chair historians, genealogists, locals, scholars, and resource management professionals read. Her already published contributions reach readers who are likely to purchase her books. Additionally, Arlene’s long-established social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram provides an immediate marketing platform from which to advertise and increase book sales.

Arlene has researched her subjects full time since 2010. In addition to her own achievements the extent to which she has located data and records would not be possible if not for the generosity of Historians, History professors, professional Archival Researchers, and the assistance of Archivists of historical repositories – all over the world.

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

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 to creatively her whole life until she wrote professionally as both 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 National Novel Writing Month (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 (a purely made up story that is not about any of her historical research or writings).

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

Today, Arlene is ‘hashtag AltAc’, not credentialed with an advanced degree. Rather, she works as an independent researcher.