Guest Speaker Irene Martin
This very special Columbia River Maritime Museum event is FREE to everyone on a first come, first served basis. Join us on May 18th at 7:00pm. This event is co-sponsored by American Association of University Women, the Astoria Bicentennial Committee and the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
A resident of Skamokowa and winner of the Washington Governor’s Heritage Award, Irene Martin has long been active in the documentation of the region’s history. A free-lance writer since 1974 specializing in fisheries, Irene Martin has also been a librarian, commercial fisher,
and is an Episcopal priest. Her latest work, a history of Bumble Bee Seafoods, is soon to be published.
What Women Left Behind is an exploration of 19th and 20th century women involved in the fishing and canning industries on the Columbia River. Using diaries, stories, artifacts and photographs, Irene Martin will talk about how immigrant women left behind their countries of
origin and how they adapted to life in the isolated fishing towns and villages. Martin will also share the role these women played in early fishing and canning on the Columbia River.