Spruce, Foxglove, & Motorships:
Grays Harbor and the Great War
On May 26, 2018, the Polson opened a new exhibit on Grays Harbor's historic role in World War I, Spruce, Foxglove, & Motorships. It features artifacts and photos from our museum collection plus still more drawn from the Washington State Historical Society.
A century ago Grays Harbor was abuzz with local activities supporting the Great War. The display covers mobilization of our "Home Guard," Red Cross efforts to send clothing and bandages to our soldiers in France, and local harvesting of foxglove for use in wound and burn medicine.
Showcased even more extensively are local efforts at Harbor shipyards to produce wooden "Liberty Ships," as well as efforts of our famed Spruce Division "Soldier-Loggers" to harvest needed aircraft-grade Sitka spruce. These were the men first to drive logging trucks on Grays Harbor roads.
Plan on a memorable experience. Appreciate anew, over their centennial here, local efforts to "Make Our World Safe for Democracy." The Polson exhibit will run through 2019.