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February 2020 Book Club Selection

The Last Wilderness: A History of the Olympic Peninsula by Murray Morgan

Originally published in 1955, this new version includes an introduction by author Tim McNulty, whose book Olympic National Park: A Natural History, is a primary text for the Natural History Society.  The Last Wilderness is regarded as a “classic history of the Olympic Peninsula,” told in Morgan’s trademark prose, composed from meticulous research and in depth personal experiences on the land. An excerpt from the back of the book:  “Morgan recounts vivid adventures of the area’s settlers, including loggers, hunters, prospectors, homesteaders, utopianists, murderers, conservationists, Wobblies, and bureaucrats, alongside stories of coastal first peoples and striking descriptions of the peninsula’s wildlife and land.”

We’ll meet again at the Pink House next to Port Townsend Public Library on Monday, February 24th, 3:30-5:00 p.m. to talk about The Last Wilderness, and reflect on how the landscape and culture of the Olympic Peninsula has changed in the past 65 years since this book was first published.