New Land, North of the Columbia: Historic Documents That Tell the Story of Washington State from Territory to Today (Hardcover)

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MOHAI Public Historian Lorraine McConaghy's fascinating look at Washington history draws from marriage records, posters, tickets, letters, pictures and much more. A sky River poster, Twin Teepees menu, a letter from a wartime assembly center. IWW songbook, CCC history...take a look.



This colorful and fascinating collection documents the story of Washington Territory--when it was the "new land north of the Columbia River--all the way to today's NASA landsat map of the State of Washington.

New Land North of the Columbia features an 1860 letter protesting the escape of an Olympia slave to Victoria on the Puget Sound Underground Railroad. There's also territorial Governor Pickering's telegram to Abraham Lincoln sent on the brand-new telegraph--and Lincoln's hand-signed response. Other ephemera include posters and letters that support and condemn women's right to vote, prohibition of the sale of alcohol, and aid to the unemployed during the Great Depression. Here are documents about the massive, secret Hanford Engineering Works that was Washington's Manhattan Project. The book includes an ad for the first Lame Fest concert featuring Mudhoney and Nirvana, the original box that contained Windows 95, and a poster calling all protesters to the 1999 WTO conference. Historian Lorraine McConaghy has traversed the state and sifted through the files of three dozen archives to cull the 400 fascinating documents that bring to life Washington's last 150 years.

Praise For…

McConaghy is a treasure of Northwest historians, and her book is a treasure trove, a must-read for anyone who wants an eclectic, entertaining survey of Washington state history. Not everyone does, but this book proves those who don't care are missing a lot.

New Land, North of the Columbia
is [a] welcome book for those well-versed in Washington history, or for those new to the state. The images are wonderful, the text is a pleasure to read, and the combination of the two makes this a must-have for anyone interested in the growth and development of the Pacific Northwest.

New Land, North of the Columbia is a tantalizing anthology that invites us to become acquainted with the wealth of information stored in archives locally and throughout the state. This book makes a powerful argument for the undiminished importance of preserving documents and ephemera in order to understand how our manifold actions have an impact on the landscape, our government, and our society.
Kitsap Sun

A unique and entertaining way to explore our state’s history, Lorraine McConaghy—historian at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle—assembles a wide-ranging selection of documents from public archives to tell the century-and-a-half story of Washington State.
Cascadia Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781570616938
ISBN-10: 1570616930
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication Date: October 25th, 2011
Pages: 160
Language: English