Everett Public Library: 125th Anniversary

Amid mud and exploding stumps…a library! Everett Woman’s Book Club brought culture to a brutal new industrial city in 1894. The podcast tells the story of the hard work of how the Everett Woman’s Book Club parlayed political muscle and donated books to build an enduring civic institution during hard economic times. The podcast is part of the Everett Public Library’s effort to commemorate its 125th anniversary in 2019.

Everett Woman's Book Club sitting on steps of Monte Cristo Hotel

Podcast Credits

Voice actors: Abigail Cooley, Van Ramsey, Mindy Van Wingen, Ron Averill, Lisa Labovitch, Andrea Wallis, Carol Ellison, Eileen Schnarr, Alan Jacobson, Joyce Peter, Laura McCarty, Cameron Johnson.

Script: Cameron Johnson

Audio editing: Cameron Johnson


1Clark, Norman H. "Mill Town." Seattle: University of Washington Press, c1970.

2Everett News, July 5, 1894

3 Croly, Mrs. J.C. "The History of the Woman’s Club Movement in America," New York: Henry G. Allen & Co., c1898

Dilgard, David. “Origins of the Everett Public Library” [unpublished]

5Book Club Member Frances King Sears, 1921 letter [unpublished]

“Woman’s Book Club,” composed by WBC Historian Nellie R. Hake. Published in A History of Woman’s Book Club, November 12, 1962. Foremothers’ Luncheon, Elks Home—Everett, WA [Unpublished]

7From: “The Magic City,” date unknown, author unknown. [Unpublished]

8Spriesterbach, Cora. "History of Everett Woman’s Book Club: 1894-1940" [Unpublished]

9"Everett Public Library Historical Sketch, 1894-1954" [Unpublished]

10Herald editorial November 1, 1894

11 Spriesterbach, Cora. "History of Everett Woman’s Book Club: 1894-1940" [Unpublished]

12"Origins of the Everett Public Library"—date unknown [Unpublished]

13 "Everett—Thumbnail History." HistoryLink.org

14"Origins of the Everett Public Library" [Unpublished]

15Herald April 27, 1901

16 “The Origins of Everett Public Library.” [Unpublished]

17Everett News, July 5, 1925

18 Everett Herald January 20, 1903

19Spriesterbach, Cora. "History of Everett Woman’s Book Club: 1894-1940" [Unpublished]

20Application for National Register status [Unpublished]

21 Everett Herald April 7, 1906

22Dilgard, David. "EPL Evergreen Branch" [Unpublished]



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