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PPAC #70: Have Some Hot Chai Laté and Enjoy the Spokane House History Murals

If we were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that next week and in the weeks hereafter, you will read and respond to PPAC in Weekend Coffee Share on Natalie the Explorer’s blog.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m watching the snowflakes silently slip down through the pine trees outside my office window – even though they don’t show up in my picture. A few of them gently hit the fence and form white beads of chilled moisture. I’m sitting warm inside with my photos from the Spokane House. I hope you enjoy them, too.


With all the other challenges, even public and street art, I thank all the bloggers who participate in the Photographing Public Art Challenge. Please honor these bloggers with your visits this week.

This week will be my last PPAC as your hostess. Although I need to step back, I love this challenge and all of you who post beautiful art from around the world. You have become true friends over nearly a year and a half – the life of this challenge. Natalie the Explorer has generously offered to continue as the host for PPAC as a part of her popular regular link party – Weekend Coffee Share beginning next week, November 11th. You are invited to post your photographs of public art from Friday morning until Sunday at midnight Eastern Time.


  • There is no weekly theme even though my post has a theme with murals, statues, fountains, scrap art, graffiti, store windows, seasonal displays, car or art shows, artistic construction, or even artistic neighborhood decor. Photograph the public art that is available to you.
  • Art should be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway or inside a publicly accessed building like a library. If you pay, it’s not public.
  • Photographers should have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
  • The challenge starts every Friday at 9:00 a.m. Phoenix Time and it ends on Thursday at noon.
  • Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to my weekly post not my page preferably in a comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed. See how to create pingbacks here
  • Take time to visit other PPAC participants throughout the week. I recommend visiting at least two or three other participants in the community and leaving them a comment.
  • Have fun! Art is to be enjoyed!

For More Ideas about PPAC…

These early-bird participants (posted by Wednesday at noon) might give you some great ideas about something you’ve never thought about as public art or how to photograph it.


My Choices for PPAC #70 Spokane History Murals

Visiting Terri Webster Schrandt was the first time I had been to Spokane. It was great visiting Terri in her new home and seeing how well she has integrated herself into the community.

Terri had just been hired by the local newspaper to do some feature articles on a regular basis. One of her first articles, written about a local artist who restored the murals on the Spokane House, inspired one of our day’s activities.

A band of Spokane Indians lived where the Spokane and Little Spokane Rivers came together. They traded and socialized in their village with other Columbia Plateau tribes. By the early 1700s before the Europeans had reached that far west, the Spokane tribe had acquired horses.

In 1807 David Thompson, a geographer and fur trader for the Northwest Fur Trading Company of Canada explored the area. Friendly tribesmen met him and presented him with horses and pelts. Three years later he sent a clerk from the Canadian company to build the Spokane House in the village of the native tribe.

If you can read the fine print, the Spokane House operated from 1810 to 1826 by which time the fur trading operations merged with their competitor, the Hudson Bay Company, and moved their main headquarters. Jaco Finley, who had built the Spokane House continued to live there with his family.

According to Terri’s article, the Spokane House Interpretive Center was established in 1966. The original murals were painted in 2005 by a team of painters in consultation with tribe members. After much consultation with a park ranger and members of the Spokane tribe, the artist Terri interviewed, Shaun Deller restored the murals in 2019.

As you can see from the colorful backpacks lined up around the building, The Spokane House is a popular location for local field trips. We chose not to interrupt them in order to tour the inside of the small building. Another day.

Ongoing on Always Write

See you next Friday for PPAC on Natalie the Explorer’s site.

  • Upcoming and ongoing topics for WQW
    • November 9: Holiday: Veteran’s Day
    • November 16: Travel: Memorable Trips
    • November 23: Holiday: Thanksgiving, Gratitude
    • November 30: Abandoned or Artistic Buildings/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review

Now it’s your turn.

I hope you are inspired to find your own unique art as you travel around with your camera this week, or rummage through your archives. Feel free to double dip and support your own favorite challenges along with PPAC. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. The murals are so pretty, Marsha. It’s always great to get art and nature in the same location, plus history. And as I finally caught up (again), I want to say thank you so much for running PPAC. I’ve enjoyed discovering all the artworks and stories behind them so much, along with your other posts, and I’m really glad to have participated while you were hosting. I hope to continue participating in the challenge as soon as I can write another entry.

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  2. Marsha, Thank you for your weekend coffee share with pictures of Terri and the amazing Spokane History Murals. The Canadian connections are very interesting. The Hudson’s Bay Company has their flagship department store in downtown Toronto. Thank you also for the PPAC handover message in your post. I look forward to hosting next weekend.

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  3. First off. Awesome to hear Terri is going to write for their local paper. They are lucky to have her.

    Natalie will do a great job stepping into your shoes. It is a fun challenge and one we can always find fun participating in. You have done a stellar job at bringing it to light.

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  4. Oh my goodness, thank you for sharing a bit of the Spokane House history, Marsha, and my role as a new reporter! Your pics are wonderful and show the murals so well! Deller actually began the restoration in 2021 and finished last August. He met with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and Park Rangers in 2019. Took a while before he was able to start.

    I see you made the difficult decision to let go of one of the weekly blog features. Nice to know Natalie can work it into hers. That makes perfect sense as she is a huge proponent of public art in Canada. I’m glad you are keeping WQW!! We got snow last night!! I sent you a text!

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    • I saw your text. Our snow fizzled out and it was beautiful today. Vince painted the dining room today and will do the living room tomorrow. Then we should be ready to put it on the market. We told our upstairs neighbors and they understand, although they said they were going to stomp really hard if they saw someone come to look at it. 🙂 Once Natalie said she would love to host PPAQ, it was like a feeling of delight! I love posting on her Coffee Share, so not much will change for me except the necessity of doing the post on time. I have started to help out with the Warm for Winter coat distribution in addition to our Better Together study. So my spare hands are full. I heard back from the Bible College almost immediately and they do not have opeings but the provost said he would give my name to HR. There might be something I can do. I’m excited about that as well. I think keeping WQ – as I’m going to call it next year will be fun. I’ve already done my page.

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  5. Hi Marsha, All very commendable! Our eldest son is a natural artist and excellent photographer, and our youngest makes videos….I also took many photographs years ago, but now we are in our 90s…we don ‘t participate as much as we used to, while we are still as interested; and you know I am always writing…I love ALL the .arts. Cheers! xx

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        • My 97-year-old cousin – (my mother’s first cousin) says he feels about 30. I can’t say that I feel that young at 71, but I don’t think I feel 71!!! What does that feel like anyway? One of the 90+ women in our church takes off this week in her RV headed from Prescott, AZ to all places CA. I think that is young. She just got back from Colorado Springs in her motor home. I’m definitely not that brave and wasn’t in my early 40s when I lost my first husband. 🙂





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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