Superb reading: Friends of MacDonald blog

Friends of MacDonald: Celebrating the Life of Japan’s First English Teacher” is an absolutely superb blog in Japanese and English devoted to Ranald MacDonald’s legacy.

Friends of Macdonald

It’s beautifully designed and really well written.

A sample of what’s there that makes the blog a singular tool for understanding the story of this Chinook Indian métis:

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Incidentally, I see that in 1998, members of FOM were treated to a reenactment of Ranald MacDonald’s intentional stranding in Japan courtesy of the crew of the Lady Washington in Grays Harbor, WA.  That must’ve been fun!  This vessel is a re-creation of quite an important ship in Northwest history that was captained by Columbia River ‘discoverer’ Robert Gray and later by John Kendrick.  (See also a present-day explorer of Kendrick’s routes.)  The Lady Washington, our official state ship, is still going strong; I saw a help-wanted notice on a bulletin board in a coastal community last week seeking crew members.

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