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PLACES OF BC: Follow-up on Botanical Beach – Minnesota Seaside Station

June 13, 2016


“Each summer from 1901 to 1907, groups of students and instructors ventured here from Minnesota, Ohio, Nebraska, and other midwestern states. They traveled by train, cooking meals on a small stove in their rail carriage, marveling at the vast landscapes and high mountains. Many had never seen the sea before arriving in Seattle…”
– Margaret Horsfield

To follow-up up on the BC Studies blog post a few weeks ago about the Hakai Magazine article and BC Studies photo essay on the early 1900s Minnesota Seaside Station at Botanical Beach, Vancouver Island, here is a link to a related article that Hakai magazine has just released today:


It contains yet more stunning historical photos of the botany-based field station that some 200 students attended, with a significant proportion being women, including the Seaside Station’s founder, Josephine Tilden (who was also the first female scientist ever hired by the University of Minnesota).

By Alex Lausanne