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Elwha: A River Reborn

Elwha: A River Reborn

Nov. 23, 2013 – Mar. 9, 2014

Elwha: A River Reborn, a new exhibit from the Burke Museum, takes you to the Northwest’s legendary Elwha River Valley to discover the people, places, and history behind a remarkable local story—and the largest dam removal project ever undertaken. Through first-person accounts, stunning photographs, and Burke collections, follow the Elwha’s journey from abundant wilderness to economic engine—to an unprecedented experiment in restoration and renewal that has captured global attention.

How did the Elwha dams go from being celebrated for bringing “peace, power and civilization” to the Valley, to being slated for demolition by an Act of Congress? How did the Pacific Northwest, a region synonymous with hydropower, become a dam-busting pioneer? Discover all of this and more at Elwha: A River Reborn.

Elwha: A River Reborn is based on a book by Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman. The exhibit was developed by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in collaboration with The Seattle Times, Mountaineers Books, and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.

Photos by Steve Ringman/Seattle Times

Exhibit Developers

National Touring Sponsor

Exhibit Sponsors

Rebecca S. and Robert M. Benton Endowed Fund
Quest for Truth Foundation

Exhibit Supporters

Legacy Fund
Phillip and
Noreen Frink
Henry M. Jackson
Island Tribe

Donors to the Burke
Museum Annual Fund

Media Sponsor


Special thanks to the D.V. & Ida McEachern Charitable Trust, the Norman Archibald Foundation, and Cabela’s for equipment gifts