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Marysville Historical Society hosts Women's Legacy Project exhibit

Ethel Cage shows off the exhibit from the Women
Ethel Cage shows off the exhibit from the Women's Legacy Project of Snohomish County that's being hosted by the Marysville Historical Society through the end of September.
— image credit: Kirk Boxleitner

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Historical Society is helping to highlight the "herstory" side of history by hosting an exhibit from the Women's Legacy Project of Snohomish County.

The Women's Legacy Project display board, which stretches nearly to the ceiling of the Marysville Historical Society's current museum at 1508-B Third St. in Marysville, offers introductory summaries of a number of historically significant women in Snohomish County, whom people can then read about in more detail, either at the Marysville Historical Society in a book also supplied by the Women's Legacy Project — which provides comprehensive entries on each woman who appears on the display board, plus many more — or on the Women's Legacy Project website at http://snohomishwomenslegacy.org.

Marysville Historical Society President Ken Cage explained that he received the Women's Legacy Project display board and accompanying book from the Granite Falls Historical Museum near the start of August, and will be keeping them through the end of September, at which point the Women's Legacy Project will find another temporary home for them in Snohomish County.

"It's been very interesting," Cage said. "I still haven't been able to read all these women's stories yet, but whenever I have a free moment, I'll see a snippet on the display that intrigues me, and I'll look in the notebook to find out more. This is all new to me."

Of the 75 women whose life stories are presented by the Women's Legacy Project, Cage reported that two in particular who have piqued the curiosity of many visitors to the Marysville Historical Society have been Nora Burglon, a prolific Swedish-American writer of children's literature who lived in Everett from the 1930s until her death in 1976, and "Pilchuck Julia," the famous wife of fellow Snohomish-area Native American "Pilchuck Jack," whose biographical details were the subject of some debate even before her death in 1923.

"I think they're all very nice stories," Cage said. "It's just amazing to me how hard all these pioneer women had to work, just to keep their families going in the so-called 'good old days.'"

The Marysville Historical Society is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, and by appointment on other days and times by calling 360-659-3090 or emailing info@marysvillehistory.org, for those who are interested in checking out the Women's Legacy Project exhibit between now and the end of September.

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