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Hazel Wolf Remembers the McCarthy Era

Hazel Wolf (1898-2000), Seattle's quintessential activist, championed many causes in her 101 years. First an advocate of women's rights, she went on to support labor and environmental issues. She was ...

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Hebrew Free Loan Association

The Hebrew Education and Free Loan Association, incorporated in 1914, had the purpose of providing interest-free loans to Seattle's needy. The initial membership of the organization was 60, with dues ...

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Home of the Good Shepherd (Seattle)

The Home of the Good Shepherd, located at 4649 Sunnyside Avenue in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood, opened in 1907 to provide shelter, education, and guidance to young girls. The Home generated re...

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Hooverville: Shantytown of Seattle's Great Depression

During the fall and winter of 1931 and 1932, unemployed workers established Seattle’s "Hooverville," a shantytown named in sarcastic honor of U.S. President Herbert Hoover (1874-196...

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Hotel de Gink (Seattle)

Homelessness was both a local and a national problem prior to America's entry into World War I. Unemployed and homeless men, known variously as hoboes and "ginks," responded to their condition by orga...

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Huck Finn Family: A Story of Seattle's Green Lake by Dorothea Nordstrand

This story of two sons impersonating two Huck Finns was written by their mother, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011). In 2009 Dorothea Nordstrand was awarded AKCHO's (Association of King County ...

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Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

The Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, was founded in 1905 in Chicago, and by 1908 had become influential among migrant laborers in the Pacific Northwest. Members were dubbed "Wobblies" and soon...

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Irish Clubs: The Early Years

When the nieces of Bridget Aylward arrived in Seattle, there was already a fledgling Irish club here, then called the American Association for Recognition of the Irish Republic. (Bridget Aylward retir...

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Irish Dancing

This People's History was contributed by John Keene, president of the Irish Heritage Society. Besides playing Gaelic football, Irish dancing had been one way that people born in Ireland could pass on ...

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Irish Heritage Club

By 1982, the Irish-American Club, Irish Festivities, and the Seattle Gaels were all going strong, but many times their activities clashed. Because of the cross-membership, there was much duplication o...

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Irish Renaissance in Seattle

Until a few years ago, the numbers of young Irish-born people annually migrating to Seattle had increased substantially, attracted by its hip reputation and lifestyle as well as the employment opportu...

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Japanese Farming

Most early Japanese immigrants to the Pacific Northwest came to work in the labor-intensive industries of timber, railroad construction, fish processing, and agriculture. As they became more settled t...

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