Established in 2008, The Washington State Legacy Project publishes oral histories
and biographies of instrumental people who've shaped our history.
- Governors, statewide elected officials, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress,
and other infl uential people recount defining moments in a collection of memoirs
that depicts the story of Washington.
- Historymakers, a biographical dictionary, provides vital statistics and links to
other relevant resources pertaining to Washington State elected officials.
The Legacy Project is a partner in the Washington State Heritage
Center. It is also a member of the Northwest Oral History Association (NOHA) and the international
Oral History Association (OHA).
Trova K. Heffernan is Director of The Legacy Project and Creative
Director of the Washington State Heritage Center. From 2001 -2008, Trova served
as Communications Director for Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed. She oversaw
public affairs during the 2004 Gubernatorial Election, one of the closest governor’s
races in U.S. history, and the battle over the State Primary that climbed to the
U.S. Supreme Court. Trova has a journalism background in television news. She earned
a B.A. in Communication from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington
John C. Hughes, an award-winning reporter, editor and publisher,
became chief historian for The Legacy Project in 2008. He is a trustee of the Washington
State Historical Society and has contributed to several Northwest history books,
including “On The Harbor: From Black Friday to Nirvana.”
Lori A. Larson, coordinator of The Legacy Project, has a degree
in history from The Evergreen State College. Before joining The Project in 2008,
she worked for the Legislative Oral History Program. She has been with the Office
of the Secretary of State since 2001. Besides her work as a researcher and planner,
she oversees The Legacy Project web site.
* In 2008, the Washington State Legislature moved the state's oral history program
to the legislature. This program will focus exclusively on selected legislators.
For more information, please visit the Washington State Legislature’s Oral History Program.