Amanda L. Van Lanen

Assistant Professor of History
Department of History and Government
364 Mercy Hall
Misericordia University
Dallas, PA 18612



Ph.D.  U.S. and Public History; Middle East History minor, May 2009.
Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Dissertation “’We have grown fine fruit whether we would or no’: The History of the Washington State Apple Industry, 1880-1930.” Directed by Dr. Orlan Svingen.

M.A. U.S. and Public History, 2004. Washington State University, Pullman.
Thesis: “‘It Was a Time When the Promoter Promoted’: Irrigation Projects in Wenatchee, Washington, 1890-1908.”

B.A. (cum laude) History, 2001. Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN.

A.A. (summa cum laude) Liberal Arts, 1997. Northern Marianas College, Saipan, CNMI.



  • “Fort Necessity National Battlefield.” National Parks and Historic Sites: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (forthcoming, 2012).
  • “Whitman Mission.” National Parks and Historic Sites: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (forthcoming, 2012).
  • National Parks Conservation Association. “Fort Necessity National Battlefield, A Resource Assessment.” Amanda Van Lanen, primary researcher. Fort Collins, CO: National Parks Conservation Association, June 2004.

Scholarly Presentations

  • “Reluctant Producers and Uniformed Consumers: The ‘Skookum Indian’ Character and the Creation of Brand Recognition in Washington Apples, 1910-1930.” Southwest Texas American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association Conference, April 21, 2011.
  • “Creating Brand Recognition for Washington Apples in Eastern Markets, 1910-1930.” Agricultural History Society Conference, June 10-12, 2010 (in absentia).
  • “The Desert Blooms: Central Washington’s Irrigated Landscape, 1890-1920.” American Society for Environmental History Conference, Portland, Oregon, March 11, 2010.
  • “‘Wouldn’t you rather grow one extra fancy apple than a dozen culls?’: The Debate over the Industrialization of Washington State Orchards, 1890-1920.” Agricultural History Society Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, June 18, 2009.
  • “Cultural Resource Assessments in the Public History Seminar.” Pacific Northwest Historians Conference, Tacoma, Washington, April 19-21, 2007.
  • “’It was time when the promoter promoted’: Real Estate Speculation and the
  • Development of Wenatchee, Washington, 1888-1900.” Pacific Northwest Historians Conference, Tacoma, Washington, April 19-21, 2007.
  • “Public History and the NPCA: Partnering to Assess National Parks.” Washington State University, Department of History Colloquium, Spring 2007.
  • “The College Hill Historic District National Register of Historic Places Nomination.” Poster Session, Washington State University Academic Showcase, Spring 2007.
  • “State of the Parks.” Poster Session, Washington State University Academic Showcase, Spring 2005.
  • “State of the Parks.” Poster Session, Washington State University, Wiley Research Exposition of Graduate and Professional Studies. Fourth place finish in the Humanities, Social and Political Science category, Spring 2005.

Public History

  • Research Assistant: Directed by Dr. David Stratton. Researched corporate history of Tree Top, Inc. for a book to commemorate the company’s fiftieth anniversary in 2010. Established in 1960, Tree Top is one of the nation’s leading producers of juice and dried apple products. David Stratton, History of Tree Top, Inc. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 2010.
  • Archivist, Tree Top Inc: Archived Tree Top corporate materials and prepared finding aid for collection. Summer 2008.
  • Consulting Historian, Washington State Parks Commission: Worked under the supervision of Historic Preservation Officer Lex Palmer to perform research on the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State. Prepared preliminary report and outline for Section E of the National Register for Historic Places nomination form. Fall, 2006.
  • Research Assistant: Center for Inland Northwest History. Performed research on the Mullan Wagon Road, constructed by the federal government 1860-1862, between Walla Walla, WA and Fort Benton, MT. Researched and summarized government reports and contemporary newspapers, compiled an index of newspaper articles, created historic timelines, and compiled a glossary of historic terms for the project website: Directed by Dr. J. William T. Youngs, Department of History, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. Summer 2006.
  • National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Researcher for Pullman’s College Hill District nomination. The district was added to the National Register as a result. Pullman, Washington. Spring 2006.
  • “Learning Each Other’s Language: L.V. McWhorter and the Columbia Basin Plateau Tribes,” Assistant Curator: An exhibit created for the Manuscript, Archives, and Special Collections division of Washington State University Libraries in partial fulfillment of History 529, Interpreting History Through Material Culture, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, Fall 2005.
  • “Amtrak’s Empire Builder and Montana’s Hi-Line Communities,” Production Assistant: Interviewed subjects, performed background research, worked with producer to write and edit script, and operated sound grip. This documentary explores the important local connection between the Empire Builder passenger train and the many small, isolated communities that are dependent upon rail travel. Filming is for Montana Public Broadcasting, Missoula, MT. Marcam Productions, Tigard, OR, Camron Settlemier, Producer. Summer 2005.
  • Consulting Historian, National Parks Conservation Association: Completed a Cultural Resource Assessment of Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Conducted research and personal interviews with National Park Service employees to rate the health of historic structures, museum collections, archeological sites, cultural landscapes, ethnography, and historic interpretation at Fort Necessity. Spring 2004.
  • “Jasper A. Reynolds,” curator: An exhibit created for Fort Walla Walla Museum, Walla Walla, Washington, Summer 2003.
  • Historic Survey of College Hill/Title Search: “An Architectural and Historic Survey of Pullman, Washington.” Performed title/ownership research, conducted biographical research, and recorded two structures onto Historic Property Inventory Forms provided by the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Fall 2002.
  • “Family Treasures that Crossed the Plains,” curator: An exhibit created for Fort Walla Walla Museum, Walla Walla, Washington, Spring 2002.


  • Assistant Professor, Misericordia University, 2010
  • Instructor, Washington State University, 2008-2010
  • Teaching Assistant, Washington State University, 2002-2008

Courses Taught

  • Courses taught, Misericordia University

HIS 103: History of the United States to 1865
HIS 104: History of the United States since 1865
HIS 320: Special Topics, History of the Modern Middle East
HIS 320: Special Topics, Introduction to Public History (service learning)
HIS 320: Special Topics, Introduction to Museum Studies (service learning)
HIS 328: American Women’s History

  • Courses taught, Washington State University, Fall 2005-Spring 2010

World Civilizations Through 1500
World Civilizations 1500 to Present
United States History to 1877
                  United States History from 1877
                  Writing about History
                  U.S. Popular Culture Since 1930
                  Women in the West
                  Era of the American Revolution
                  Rise of Modern America, 1870-1914
                  Pacific Northwest History
                  Middle East since World War I


  • Misericordia University Summer Research Grant, 2011
  • Pettyjohn Summer Research Fellowship. History Department, Washington State University. 2007.
  • Graduate Research Travel Grant, Graduate School, Washington State University. 2007.
  • Pettyjohn Travel Grant, History Department, Washington State University. 2007.
  • Pettyjohn Travel Grant, History Department, Washington State University. 2003.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • National Council on Public History
  • Agricultural History Society
  • American Culture Association


  • Advisor, Misericordia University History Club, 2010-present
  • Member, Misericordia University Faculty Development Committee, 2011-present
  • Reader, Advanced Placement U.S. History exam. 2007-2011