Abby Williams Hill collection
Abby Williams Hill lived in Tacoma in the early 1900’s. She is best known for her beautiful landscape oil paintings. Those paintings were commissioned by railroad companies and displayed at Worlds Fairs and expositions as a way to encourage people to visit our magnificent National Parks.
The Hill family donated her work (and massive collection of letters, journals, and other archives) to the University of Puget Sound (UPS), in Tacoma.
On a very wet and windy day, the Rebels by Bus group braved the weather and spent a delightful afternoon with Laura Edgar, the curator of the collection at UPS. Laura told us the history of Ms. Hill… definitely a women ahead of her time! She was the co-founder of the Washington chapter of the Mothers of Congress (predecessor of the Parent/Teacher Association). Her efforts in social justice were amazing… she was a strong advocate of Native American rights, as well as education for African-American children. Included in her archives are letters from Booker T. Washington.
We felt very fortunate to browse through Ms. Hill’s sketchbooks, journals, letters and photos. Such an inspirational women!