From the Log House Museum:
“Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges” Presented by Local Authors Jeff and Sonja Anderson July 7th at Barnes & Noble
In time for the 100th Anniversary of Mt. Rainier’s Paradise Inn, “Words, Writers & West Seattle” hosts Jeff and Sonja Anderson in Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges (Arcadia Publishing, May 2017), their detailed sharing of the oldest public buildings on the mountain.Visitors today might be surprised to know that many inns, rental cabins, bathhouses, and other buildings have come and gone, leaving some areas more pristine now than for much of the park’s history. The Inn sits against the panoramic backdrop of Mount Rainier, with views of the nearby Nisqually Glacier.
Sonja Anderson (the Sophie Topfeather books) teamed with her husband Jeff to produce this illustrated history of the accommodations on Mt. Rainier, from tent “hotels” to more elaborate inns for visitors to the national park. Many of those buildings are long gone, but they live again in this historical accounting. Early visitors rode pack horses or hiked miles to tent “hotels” at Theosophy Ridge, Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground, and Ohanapecosh.
This free book-talk will be the 44th installment of Words, Writers & West Seattle, the ‘First Friday’ series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. It will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, July 7th, 2017, at Barnes & Noble/ Westwood Village.
Jeff and Sonja Anderson discovered the interesting historical images of the park while on a family trip to Paradise Inn and wanted to know more. They culled the extensive collection of images at Mount Rainier National Park Archives to present their story of change and preservation. Jeff and Sonja live in Shorewood, where she teaches and they have two daughters.
“Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” next First Friday book-talk is scheduled for August 4th and will feature Jenny D. Williams and her novel The Atlas of Forgotten Places (St. Martin’s Press, May 2017), is part political thriller, part love story about two women from different worlds, Africa and Germany.
For videos on these and other authors’ presentations, visit: www.loghousemuseum. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, Words, Writers & West Seattle by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.