Tahoma’s Biggest Stories

Jeff Antonelis-Lapp

Emeritus Faculty at The Evergreen State College

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(Archived video of this presentation).

Did you know that Native Americans have traveled to Mount Rainier (Mount Tahoma) for over 9,000 years to gather resources unavailable near their lowland villages?

Did you know that the effects of climate change extend far beyond the mountain’s retreating glaciers?

Join Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, Emeritus Faculty at The Evergreen State College, for Tahoma’s Biggest Stories, an image-rich book talk from Tahoma and Its People, his natural history of Mount Rainier National Park, published in 2020 by Washington State University Press. Tahoma and Its People was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition; learn more at https://jeffantonelis-lapp.com/.

Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, Speaker

After graduating from Huxley College (B.S. Environmental Education, 1978), Jeff Antonelis-Lapp worked two summers at Mount Rainier National Park, igniting a connection to the mountain that endures today. He has summited the mountain, hiked all of its mapped trails, and completed the 93-mile Wonderland Trail five times.

Jeff began writing, Tahoma and Its People, after being unable to find a current natural history for a course he planned to teach at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. He conducted over 250 days of fieldwork for the book, many of them in the company of park archeologists, biologists, and geologists.

While at Evergreen, he taught Native American Studies, natural history, environmental education, and served as the Library Dean before retiring in 2015.

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The Huxley Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public.

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Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30pm On-campus and ONLINE.


Due to the pandemic, the in-person presentations are not open to the public. However, the talks will be live-streamed ONLINE for the off-campus audience.


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