"The study of the past is a transformative experience, one that fosters personal growth and professional development."

Dr. Melinda Marie Jetté

Associate Professor of History
Public History Program Coordinator

Ph.D. History, University of British Columbia
M.A. History, Université Laval
B.A. History and French, Catholic University of America

Courses Taught
Oral History
American West
U.S. History Survey 
Native American History
European History Survey
Latin America & the Caribbean
American Environmental History
Archival Methods
Introduction to Public History
History and the World Wide Web
Heritage and Historic Preservation
Salem to Gettysburg: Exploring Local and National History

Research Interests & Areas of Expertise
French North Americans in  American West, Nineteenth-Century America, Pacific Slope, Native American History, Public History, and Community-Based Projects.

Honors & Awards
2015   Fellow - Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, Association for Documentary Editing/National Historical Publications & Records Commission
2011   Joel Palmer Award, Oregon Historical Quarterly
2008   Joel Palmer Award, Honorable Mention, Oregon Historical Quarterly

Editing/National Historical Publications & Records Commission"

Publications and Presentations

At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century, 1812-1859. Oregon State University Press, 2015.  Jette Cover

"Dislodging Oregon's History from Its Mythical Mooring: Reflections on Death and the Settling and Unsettling of Oregon." Oregon Historical Quarterly 115:3 (Fall 2014).

Fisher, Andrew  and Melinda Marie Jetté, “‘Now Your See Them Now you Don’t’: Tribal Affairs and the Struggle for Federation Recognition.” In Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia. Edited by Kenneth Ames, Robert Boyd, and Tony Johnson. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013, 288-306.

“Betwixt and Between the Official Story: Tracing the History and Memory of a Family of French-Indian Ancestry in the Pacific Northwest.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 111:2 (Summer 2010): 142-183.

“Ilot oublié de la diaspora canadienne-française: la vallé de la Willamette en Orégon.” In Retour sur la Franco-Amérique. Edited by Dean Louder and Erica Wadell. Quebec City: Les Éditions due Septentrion, 2008, 281-292.

“‘We Have Here Almost Every Religion But Our Own’: French-Indian Community Initiatives and Social Relations in French Prairie, Oregon, 1834-1837.” Oregon Historical Quarterly 108:2 (Summer 2007): 64-87.

‘Beaver are Numerous, but the Natives . . . Will Not Hunt Them’: Native-Fur Trader Relations in the Willamette Valley, 1812-1814.” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 98:1 (Winter 2006/2007): 3-17.

Professional Memberships

  • American Historical Association
  • National Council on Public History
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Western History Association

Conferences Attended 
Western History Association Annual Meeting
National Council on Public History Annual Meeting
American Historical Association Annual Meeting

Grants Received 
2011-2016 Faculty Development Research Grants, Franklin Pierce University


  • International Studies Committee
  • Monadnock Institute Executive Committee
  • Women in Leadership Steering Committee
  • Rindge Faculty Senate

Personal Interest 
Travel, French language study and conversation

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