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"Another Way of Saying God's Country"

image US Army mule drawn wagon, Vancouver Barracks, Washington

(Chapter 2: "Another Way of Saying God's Country") Washington residents never fully accepted the name of their territory and new state. The earliest pioneers criticized Congress for setting aside their local favorite, Columbia, in the 1853 legislation establishing a separate territorial administration for the northern regions of Oregon. During the ...

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A Stroll Through Arlington National Cemetery

 Arlington National Cemetery. Hallowed ground where many of the nation's veterans have been laid to rest. Heroes and statesmen, enlisted and officers, women and men who have served in naval and military departments in wars and peacetime since the Civil War. Thousands lie there evoking past events and memories untold. Some are renowned through ...

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Nanny Wood

Army wife, mother, and pioneer In 1879, Nanny Moale Wood and with her new husband Lieutenant C.E.S. Wood honeymooned across the country by transcontinental rail and caught steamboats headed north and up the river to their home at Vancouver Barracks. They lived for a short time with General and Mrs. O.O. Howard until their new house was finished on ...

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Mother Joseph

The Five Founders of Providence Academy

"Architect, Teacher & Roman Catholic Nun" This story highlights Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence who was born Esther Pariseau in Laval Canada in 1823. At age 20, she entered the order of Sisters of Charity of Providence and took the name "Joseph" in honor of her father. He was a carpenter and his daughter sooner became an accomplished...

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Jack Nisbet: Ancient Places

Jack Nisbet's book Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest, focuses on the discovery of the Willamette Meteorite by a Welsh farmer within the context of Ice Age floods that have shaped our current landscape, mining, tribal rights and land use issues. Books will be available for purchase at the Friends Shop in the Visitor Cent...

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