Oyster Bay in the Late 19th Century
"In this paper, I explore "community" on Oyster Bay in the Kamilche area of Southern Puget Sound, circa 1869-1900. I look at ways in which sharing a "maritime commons" created, even demanded, a public realm that endangered helpfulness, cooperation, and "civility toward diversity," particularly among and between post- treaty Indian people who chose non- reservation life and the Euro-Americans and Europeans who had left families and familiar social institutions to settle in the area. I assert that "community" for these late 19th century Oyster Bay people was represented by ways in which their interests and economic and social pursuits intersected rather than by formal organizations or institutions." ~ Author, LLyn De Danaan, Ph.D.