The third volume of Island oral histories set to paper will be published as “The Past Remembered III,” and a book release party will take place at 2 p.m. this Sunday, April 13, at the Vashon Maury Island Heritage Museum.
The first volume of “The Past Remembered” was published in 1978. Sunday’s event will feature readings from the book as well as tributes to past editors Blanche Caffiere and Garland Norin, both of whom had begun gathering material for the latest volume but died before it was completed.
“The Past Remembered III,” co-edited by Barbara Steen and Mary Jo Barrentine, features new stories and recollections of Island families, along with background on Island locations including Paradise Cove, Camp Sealth, Spring Beach, Burton, Vashon College and the post offices.
Caffiere, a close friend of writer Betty MacDonald’s and an author of her own memoir, “Much Laughter, Few Tears,” was a teacher and librarian for over 50 years and counted among her former students Bill Gates, who sent her personal greetings on her 100th birthday in 2006. Norin taught English and drama in the Vashon schools for 31 years, and served as a co-editor with Marj Watkins on the 1978 project.
In 1991 Norin and Caffiere secured King County funds for a followup to the first book, and served as co-editors for “The Past Remembered II.” The first books were well-received by locals and, though out of print now, continue to be sought after by collectors of Island lore.
The new book, produced in a limited run of 500 copies, costs $20 and can be reserved in advance by contacting Barbara Steen (463-9355) or the Heritage Museum. Copies can also be purchased at the museum gift shop.