Monday, October 22, 2012

Local History: Fun & Important

Did you realize that the Douglas Fir, that we all admire, was named for an early explorer who tromped around the Pacific Northwest from 1825-1833? Our MAC museum (Museum of Arts & Culture) currently has an exhibit all about Douglas and his time in the area. If you're at all interested in the history of the area, this would be a delightful visit. The MAC is open Wed-Sat, 10-5, and is located at 2316 W. First in Browne's Addition. My parents came to the area in 1954 but I know many whose ancestors came barely 20-30 years after David Douglas had been here. I recommend this as a Thing To Do.

Douglas-fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii
Lambert, The Genus Pinus, Volume 2, 1830
The tree named for David Douglas was greatly admired by the collector for its great size, its variable habitats, and its potential as a timber resource.

Taxidermist Igor Carogodin

The condor, a “beautiful buzzard of the Columbia”, fascinated David Douglas. Unique specimens of a recently preserved California condor and an albatross with a 9-foot wingspan will be included in this exhibit.

David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work

Through August 24, 2013

Naturalist David Douglas traveled the Columbia River and interior Northwest (1825-1833), identifying and collecting over two hundred species of plants, animals, and birds previously unknown to science. Learn of his interactions with native tribes and fur traders of the Columbia country. Explore a unique scientific legacy, including his namesake, the Douglas fir. Enjoy a multi-disciplinary experience that links geography, science, art, and cultural history.
Lead sponsors: The Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation and the Joel E. Ferris Foundation

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