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.
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.