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Welcome to the History Department at Seattle Pacific University!

The faculty and students of the History Department are,
first and foremost, people who remember:  We study the past to:

►Remember the people who have lived before us;

History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
- Thomas Carlyle

►Understand the present - how we got here...

If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development. 
- Aristotle

►...and what it means;

History, it turns out, is fueled not by matter but by spirit.
- Gertrude Himmelfarb

►Envision alternatives for the future;

It is the soothing thing about history that it does not repeat itself.
 - Gertrude Stein

►Communicate what we learn;

It has been said that though God cannot alter the past, historians can; it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence. 
Samuel Butler

►Grasp both the bleakness of human struggle and the brightness of Christian hope;

Justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme.
- Seamus Heaney

►. . . just as we catch glimpses of God's grace in the past;

'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
- John Newton

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