SOUTH BEND, Wash. - Three local authors will sign and discuss their books on topics ranging from oral history to butterflies to public health from 1 to 3 p.m. at Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Pacific County Museum in South Bend, Wash.

Ruth Busse Allingham, Robert Michael Pyle and Nancy Bell Anderson will be featured in the Pacific County Historical Society's annual Fall Authors' Signing.

"The Way It Was," is the latest volume in the series of books about the people and places of Southeast Pacific and Western Wahkiakum counties by Allingham.

"Ellis Island," by Anderson, is the story of Knappton Cove on the Columbia River. The small community along U.S. Highway 101 served as a salmon cannery and later as a U.S. Marine Hospital Service Station for sailors and immigrants.

"The Butterflies of Cascadia," by Pyle, is his latest published work on natural history. Covering all species in Washington and Oregon, Pyle's book is recognized as an excellent color illustrated field identification guide for these insects.

The Pacific County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1966 and supported primarily by member dues, donations and book sales. The society publishes The Sou'wester, a quarterly magazine of Pacific County history, and holds educational programs at locations around the county. Society membership is open to all. Annual membership dues are $25/year for individuals. The Society maintains a museum and research collection in South Bend, Wash. For more information, call (360) 875-5224 or visit the Society's Web site at


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