Say We Are Here: Selections from the Verdell A. Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection

Verdell, Otto, and Family

Verdell Burdine's high school diploma

Yakima High School diploma, Verdell Anna F. Burdine, 1931.

The typing and stenography skills that Verdell learned in high school made a crucial difference in her ability to earn wages and engage in activism throughout her life.

The Rutherford family home, c. 1922

Personal photograph, Rutherford family home, c. 1922.

Verdell carefully annotated this picture for posterity.  The house became an historic landmark in 1999, nominated by the Bosco-Milligan Foundation.

Wedding corsage

Wedding corsage, 1936, preserved by Verdell Rutherford.

"Four Generations," 1975

Personal photograph, “1975 Four Generations.”

Left to right: Verdell, Maggie, Charlotte, and Yasha.

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