July Question of the Month – an irregular series

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I am trying to pinpoint the exact dates of hearings that were held in Lake Crescent (near Port Angeles) by the House Committee on Public Lands. These hearings lasted for two days in September 1947 and were around the subject of bills in congress to reduce the area of the Olympic National Park.

I would like to know the exact dates of the hearings, where they were held, and any other information about them that you may be able to furnish me.

We checked various hearings publications by the House Committee on Public Lands.  According to the catalog record for “Public Lands Committee Hearings, Lake Crescent, Wash.”, the hearings were held on Sept. 16, 17, 1947.

We have the microfiche of this publication in the Magazines and Newspapers department on the 6th floor of the Central (downtown) Library.

Looking at the actual fiche, it indicates that the hearing started on Sept. 16 and only indicates “Lake Crescent” Washington as the location. On the last page of the record is the statement that the hearings closed 12 M, Sept. 17, 1947. I don’t know what the “M” stood for. If it is 12 noon is it just “M” as it transitions from AM to PM?

I hope this is useful.

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