Digging Deeper is Historic Seattle’s multi-session program designed to provide attendees with behind-the-scenes insight to primary research materials in the many archives and libraries in Seattle and King County. Each month we visit a selected archive or library and receive expert advice as to what is available and how staff can assist with research projects. This program helps you to explore buildings, architecture, and history. By the time you are through, you will want to attend one or more of the events during National Archives Month in Seattle in October 2016.
On Saturday, February 6, we will visit the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive (PNRA), which preserves the heritage of the classic railroads that have shaped our region since the 1880s, then makes that information available to everyone over the internet. It was formed by a consortium of non-profit Railroad Heritage Organizations (RHOs) to own and operate an archive facility in Burien. The RHOs use affordable space and services to preserve the histories of their railroads. The facility is not a museum, but an archive that provides internet access to the collections from the following RHOs:
- Boeing Employee Model Railroad Club – bemrrc.com
- Cascade Rail Foundation, representing the Milwaukee Road in Washington state milwelectric.org
- Great Northern Railway Historical Society – gnrhs.org
- Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association – nprha.org
- Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway Historical Society – spshs.org
The Archive is located one block south of the Burien Library.
Photo credit: James Turner Photo, PNRA-Ainsworth Collection
Series of eight sessions: $65 general public / $50 members
Individual sessions: $10 general public / $8 members