A Discovery and an Invitation
Join us on a journey of remarkable courage, heartbreaking loss, and longing for healing of the moral condition.
For over 100 years an unknown collection of artifacts, once kept in the home of a South Whidbey pioneer family, has been revealed. The Miller-Brown collection (see video) presents a remarkable outline of an unknown chapter of Washington State history reaching far beyond the Pacific Northwest.
The artifacts tell the story of a wayward Portuguese whaler who married a “royal” member of the Coast Salish Snohomish Tribe. Their story traces how a major tribal village on south Whidbey Island at Sandy Point, became an epicenter of maritime trade in the Puget Sound, a destination of Euro-American settlers, and a home to notable families.
The collection reveals in astonishing detail, the underbelly of political corruption and prostitution in Seattle and Puget Sound, and the regional and national investigations of “white slavery” trafficking of women as sex slaves.
The collection also documents the story of a partnership between a federal agent and a local civilian “Indian policeman” who conducted undercover investigations to suppress the illegal sale of liquor and opium in saloons and on reservations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
How you can help
Your donation will support Phase I (2020/21) project activities to access local, state, and federal archival and grant resources. Representatives from academia, historic and government agencies will guide the research. Field surveys will be conducted to document and map the cultural landscape of Snohomish and Euro-American sites on South Whidbey.
Phase II (2021/22) will result in tangible outcomes based on Phase I research including: establishing a new database of Pacific Northwest history records, educational publications, interpretive displays, interactive tableau mapping, records retention, and archival storage.
About the Project Manager
Kyle Walker, representing the South Whidbey Historical Society, will lead the initiative.
Equipped with degrees in History and Historic Preservation from Western Washington University, Kyle has pieced together a remarkable outline of cross-cultural events and previously unknown history of the Pacific Northwest dating back to the mid-1800s.
For more information on the project and if you have artifacts that would benefit the research, contact Kyle at: firstname.lastname@example.org.