Pioneer Queens of Upper Kittitas County, Washington
Since 1969, residents of upper Kittitas County, Washington have named an annual Pioneer Queen—a woman whose life, service, and pioneering spirit embody the history of this community.
This collection tells the story of the settling of Roslyn and the surrounding area from these women's point of view. In each case, the stories are vibrant and unique, while containing the common themes of family, food, work and play, and good times as well as hard ones. You can learn their stories in the descriptions attached to each image and by viewing the video clips.
This digital collection was created by the Roslyn Public Library beginning in 2013. Click on the images at left to view oral history videos of former pioneer queens, as well as photos from their private family collections.
The Library hopes to add to this collection on an ongoing basis. If you or your family member was crowned Pioneer Queen, and you would like to include historic photos from your family, please contact the Library at (509)649-3420.
Complete list of Pioneer Queens:
Digitization project team, Pioneer Queens Collection
- Erin Krake: Project and grant management.
- Sue Litchfield: Historical research, interviewing, metdata creation.
- Scott Templin: Digitization and videography.