Applegates latest work, "Living Among Headstones: Life in a Country Cemetery," was released in Spring 2005 and named one of the top ten Northwest books in 2005 in the Oregonian. She is well known for her book "Skookum: An Oregon Pioneer Familys History and Lore," a best-selling book throughout the Pacific Northwest and Oregon Book Award finalist in 1989 that chronicles the historically prominent Applegate clan.
Applegate was co-editor of the sixth volume of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Oregon Literature Series, "Talking on Paper: Oregon Letters and Diaries." The series was the result of Applegates research efforts when she traveled thousands of miles gathering previously unknown and unpublished letters and diaries.
Applegate is a well-known lecturer on aspects of Pacific Northwest history. She is chair of Oregons Commission on Historic Cemeteries, and active in the national historic cemetery preservation movement. Applegate is the sexton of the Applegate Pioneer Cemetery in Yoncalla.
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