Affiliate Assistant Professor and Volunteer Curator, Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC)
Phinney Hall 217
Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC)
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1111
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1111
Priscilla Wegars' areas of interest include historical Archaeology of Asian-Americans in the West, specifically Chinese-American and Japanese-American sites, artifacts and history; Chinese women, specifically Polly Bemis; 19th and 20th Century American material culture.
Priscilla Wegars is a historian, historical archaeologist, artifact analyst, editor and proofreader. She founded the University of Idaho's Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC), a unique resource of artifacts, images and documentary materials essential for understanding Asian American archaeological sites, economic contributions and cultural history, https://webpages.uidaho.edu/aacc/. She wrote "Polly Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer" (2003; Honorable Mention for Idaho Book of the Year); "Imprisoned in Paradise: Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp" (2010); and "As Rugged as the Terrain: CCC “Boys,” Federal Convicts and World War II Alien Internees Wrestle with a Mountain Wilderness" (2013; Co-Winner for Idaho Book of the Year). She edited "Hidden Heritage: Historical Archaeology of the Overseas Chinese" (1993) and co-edited "Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors" (2005). Her current project is a full-length biography of Polly Bemis. As a member of the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, Wegars gives PowerPoint presentations on these and other topics.