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Murder at Green Lake (Seattle): Sylvia Gaines

On June 17, 1926, a carpenter found the body of 22-year-old Sylvia Gaines (1904-1926), a recent Smith College graduate, on the north shore of Seattle's Green Lake. The Gaines case became one of the mo...

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National Council of Jewish Women, Seattle Section

The National Council of Jewish Women, Seattle section, founded in 1900, is a volunteer organization inspired by Jewish values that works to improve the quality of life for women, children, and familie...

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Nishitani, Martha (1920-2014)

Martha Nishitani was a Seattle modern dance teacher and choreographer, and one of the leading proponents of modern dance in the Pacific Northwest. Her University District studio was a fixture of Seatt...

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Nordhoff, Nancy Skinner (b. 1932)

Nancy Skinner Nordhoff is the founder of Hedgebrook, the retreat for women writers located on Whidbey Island. She is a Seattle-born philanthropist; a mother of three; a one-time pilot; and an avid bas...

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North, Lois E. Hiester (b. 1921)

Civic activist and politician Lois North was elected to the state House of Representatives in November 1968 representing the 44th District, serving portions of King and Snohomish counties. After three...

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Oral History of Caroline S. MacColl, 18-year member of Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees

Caroline S. MacColl (1923-2007), a nurse with a master's degree in public health education from Columbia University, became involved with Group Health Cooperative in 1969 when she married Group Health...

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Oral History of Deborah H. Ward, Ph.D., member and chair of Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees

This is an oral history of Deborah H. Ward, Ph.D., who was elected to the Board of Trustees of Group Health Cooperative in 1994 and has served three terms as chair. The interview was conducted by Kare...

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Oral History of Dorothy H. Mann, Ph.D., member and chair of Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees

This is an oral history of Dorothy H. Mann, Ph.D., who was elected to the Board of Trustees of Group Health Cooperative in 1987 and served until 1996, including four terms as chair. The interview was ...

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Owen, Frances Penrose (1900-2002)

Frances Owen served on the Seattle School Board, and on the boards of the Children's Orthopedic Hospital, the Ryther Child Center, and the National Child Welfare League. She chaired the women's divisi...

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Pepper, Jesse Elizabeth (1874-1967): a Biography by her Great Grandson

This biography of Jesse Elizabeth Pepper, wife of UW English professor Frederick Padelford (1875-1942), was written by her great grandson Gordon Padelford, who is 13 years old at this writing (May 200...

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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 1: Growing Up, Getting Involved, Creating Change

Phyllis Lamphere (b. 1922), a native Seattleite, has been deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental ...

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Phyllis Lamphere Oral History, Part 2: Running for Mayor, a New Challenge, Cultural Exchange

Phyllis Lamphere (b. 1922), a native Seattleite, has been deeply involved in the city's civic life for more than 50 years. She served on the city council from 1967 to 1978, where she was instrumental ...

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