Links To The Past - Museum and Archives
The Marblemount Curation Facility is a multi-park repository for the museum collections from North Cascades National Park Service Complex, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve and San Juan Island National Historical Park. The combined collections total over two million objects and are rapidly growing in direct proportion with inventory, monitoring and research activities. Resources for the three parks can be viewed at the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center in Newhalem, the American Camp Visitor Center on San Juan Island and the Burke Museum on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. To increase access to museum resources, images and information will be added to the NPS websites that showcase national park collections.
The museum collections are divided into three main areas: natural history, cultural resources, and archival collections. The natural history collections comprise biological and geological specimens. The herbarium includes vascular plants collected from alpine habitats to San Juan Island prairies. The nonvascular specimens inventory mosses, liverworts, lichens and hornworts of the upper Skagit River. Reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and mammals are the backbone of the vertebrate collection. The facilities also include macro invertebrates collected in the inventory of riparian areas.