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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Book launch event featured display of NCCC historical items

Braided River invited us to display some of the more significant items from our archives at Friday evening's book launch party for The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby (see previous post).

Here's our display, before the crowds arrived:

Maps, panels, books and photos dating back to the all NCCC's major conservation campaigns, from Glacier Peak Wilderness and the Miners Ridge Open Pit copper mine, through the designation of North Cascades National Park and High Ross Dam controversy. The vast majority of this material came from the collection of the late NCCC co-founder Patrick Goldsworthy, courtesy of Patrick's widow, Christine White, to whom we wish to express our gratitude.

A rare 1953 revised edition of Fred Becky's original climbing guide from 1949, The Cascades and Olympics is in the collection, and our board member Tom Hammond took great pleasure in showing it to Fred himself!

Lead author Bill Dietrich read from his essay in the new book, Christian Martin described some of the interviews he did, Paul Bannick enlivened the evening with his owl photos, and Craig Romano took us on some of his favorite virtual hikes, all to a packed house in the Goodman rooms at the Mountaineers.

We'll soon be making a limited number of NCCC Logo Editions of the new book available on our website, and will announce that soon!

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