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Tim McKay Postcard Collection Display

Ever wondered what amazing images are popularized to help depict the California Pacific Northwest?

Postcards are a tremendous way of communicating landmarks, natural landscape, cityscapes, artwork, and tourist attractions to a larger populace through correspondence with friends, family, and penpals. The Tim McKay Postcard Collection currently on display outside HSU Library Special Collections serves as a way to follow “Tim McKay’s lifelong interests in the natural world and in the ways that people and communities use their surroundings for livelihood and solace.” (Tim McKay Postcard Collection Finding Aid)

As an environmental advocate, writer, scholar and historian, Tim McKay dedicated a majority of his life to the natural world that beautifies Humboldt County and the complexities of reducing human impact in the region. Through his persistence in environmental conservation and drive for knowledge, Tim McKay served as executive director for the Northcoast Environmental Center for three decades until his passing in 2006. The legacy that McKay leaves behind embodies advocacy in many prominent local issues related to environment and community including PG&E’s Humboldt Bay nuclear facility, expansion of Redwood National Park, California’s first Wilderness bill, the Siskiyou Mountains and its infamous G-O Road, and National Forest management. (Biography by Susie Van Kirk, 2009)

Themes and imagery that range from the Prairie Creek Roosevelt Elk to the forest clear cutting beside lumber mills provide a pictorial narrative that help relate Tim McKay’s career in local environmental advocacy to the postcards on display. Come up to the third floor and check out these postcards on display for yourself!

This display was curated and made possible by Drew Ahlberg.