New Land, North of the Columbia
Historic Documents That Tell the Story of Washington State from Territory to Today
Sunday, May 6th, 2:30 PM in the City Council Chambers
Co-Sponsored by the Clallam County Historical Society
Historian Lorraine McConaghy has sifted through the holdings of countless archives and libraries across the state to cull the materials for this document history of Washington, from territory to today. The result is a colorful and wholly engaging display of maps, public documents, correspondence, obituaries, photographs, drawings, and even menus that trace the story of how life has been lived in this northwest corner of the country over the past 150 years.
New Land, North of the Columbia features a telegram to Washington Territory’s governor signed by Abraham Lincoln, a photograph of the Seattle Fire, pages from a well-used Chinook-English phrasebook, the rough draft of Theodore Roethke’s “The Rose,” a NASA map of Washington shot by Landsat satellite Cameras, and much more. It offers the armchair adventurer an exciting tour of Washington’s hidden history, held in libraries and archives from Newport to Kelso and Bellingham to Richland. Washington State’s paper trail is abundant with fascinating episodes—all of which combine to tell its compelling story.
Lorraine McConaghy is the public historian at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), and she teaches in the Museum Studies graduate program at the University of Washington. McConaghy is the recipient of the Robert Gray Medal for her distinguished contributions to Pacific Northwest history.
New Land, North of the Columbia is published by Sasquatch Books