Talk on Scottish naturalist David Douglas to be at Fort Walla Walla Museum Nov. 5


WALLA WALLA — Author, teacher and curator Jack Nisbet will give a slide presentation and talk about Scottish naturalist David Douglas, at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Between 1826 and 1833, Douglas made six visits to the Fort Walla Walla fur trade post. Agents of the Hudson’s Bay Company there outfitted him for collecting trips into the Blue Mountains that resulted in outstanding specimens, wild stories and a complexity of personal relationships for Douglas.

The slide presentation will explore the context of what Douglas saw, and how it relates to our current world.

Spokane-based naturalist Jack Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Intermountain West, including “Purple Flat Top,” “Visible Bones,” and “Singing Grass Burning Sage.”

He has also produced two works on fur agent David Thompson’s travels and cartography: “Sources of the River” and “The Mapmaker’s Eye.” More recently, Nisbet published “The Collector,” which the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Association named as one of their 2010 Books of the Year.

Nisbet and his wife Claire are the curators of a museum exhibit titled “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work” that is currently running at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane. The companion book to this exhibit is an illustrated collection of essays that aim to connect Douglas’s vision of the Northwest landscape to what we see today.

The lecture will be held in the Grand Hall of the entrance building at Fort Walla Walla Museum. There is no charge to attend this program.

For more information call 509-525-7703 or email


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