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Looking Back:
A History of the Washington Park Arboretum

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Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Washington Park Arboretum by taking a stroll down memory lane. Learn about turn of the twentieth century movers and shakers at UW who created the living museum we love today.

Each of the 13 images below link to pages with photographs and text revealing the story of the Arboretum.

New in October 2011, Audio Clips from an Oral History of the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture.

 

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A System of Botanical Sequences
Taxonomy in the Arboretum

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Prophet, Agitator, Statesman
Edmond S. Meany

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False Starts
Early Development of an Arboretum

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Humble Roots
The Arboretum's Shaky Beginnings

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Why Not the Arboretum?
The Works Progress Administration

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Your Gain Would Be Our Loss
Brian O. Mulligan

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A Legacy of Learning
The Elisabeth C. Miller Library

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The Ditch and the Cut
History of Washington Park

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Horses, Cars, & Guns
Sport in the Arboretum

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City, State, & Community
The Arboretum Agreement

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The Arboretum a Century Hence
Herbert Gowen's Vision

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Ordered Urban Wilderness
The Olmsted Brothers

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New Directions
Recent Developments

Researched, designed and written by Taylor Felt, MA Museology candidate
Images from the UW Special Collections, Museum of History and Industry and City of Seattle Municipal Archives

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