About the name, and the crow
Sibley House is named in honor of two women: Evelyn Sibley Lampman (1907–1980), a Northwest author, historian, and single mother who raised and educated two daughters by writing over fifty meticulously researched novels for young people; and her mother, Harriett Bronson Sibley (1873–1940), a rural autodidact and genealogist who taught herself to read Latin and Greek by mail order.
Driven by curiosity – of place, of other cultures, of history – these women did uncommon things in a time when women were expected, and in some cases required, not to. They did not ask permission.
Our device is the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos), a noisy bird characterized by curiosity, intelligence, and long memory. Crows scavenge; they hoard; they make their own tools.
Crows are also common as rainwater here; but ours was drawn by our friend Paul Mort, whose roots in the Northwest run deep and in fact intertwine with our own. Binfords and Mort, the venerable publisher of books about the Northwest, was founded by his grandfather, run by his father, and during that time published the books of Herbert and Ben-hur Lampman, Evelyn Sibley Lampman's husband and father-in-law, respectively.