America’s Guidebooks: The Way We Were

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Eighty years ago this fall, the state Historical Society published “Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State.”  At 700 pages and some 250,000 words,...

50 Years of Sawdust and Varnish

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Port Townsend's Marine Trades By Ernie Baird with an introduction by Ross Anderson. Photos by Joel Rogers. When Ernie Baird first found his way to Port...

Tamanowas Rock

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 “It’s the most sacred place… It’s the home of our ancestors. Our spirits are there.”– Gene Jones, Sr. of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Just...

Bobby Kennedy, Gun Control & Change

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Editor's note: This piece came in after the June 6th 50th anniversary of the murder of Robert Kennedy. We struggled with finding a photo...

Fort Núñez Gaona

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In 1792, Spanish colonists, led by Lt. Sálvador Fidalgo, constructed Fort Núñez Gaona on the shore of Neah Bay. Named after Admiral Manuel Núñez...

May 1792: Archibald Menzies Arrives at Discovery Bay

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Two hundred years before the first Earth Day Scottish naturalist Archibald Menzies, who accompanied the Vancouver voyage in the 1790s, was the first scientist...

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The lost commencement address by Tom Robbins

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Photo of Tom Robbins by Dan Wallen. Used with permission of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections MPH1272 When I was the editor of the...

On the Hard: Catalyst

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Catalyst and the Beautiful Wild Country             Catalyst departed Port Townsend on May 5th to begin her mid-May...

River Otters

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Was that a sea otter or a river otter you just saw swimming offshore? People often think they see sea otters foraging on our...

So Long, Pygmy Kayaks

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More than three decades ago, when guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were building technology companies that would change the world, another Ivy...

Diana Talley – Shavings in my brassiere

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I met the unsinkable Diana Talley many years ago. It was at a party of wooden boat people. Diana has been a foundational person...