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The Seattle Repertory Theatre Affair by Douglas Q. Barnett

This recollection of the history of The Seattle Repertory Theatre was written by Douglas Q. Barnett (1931-2019), a theater person who witnessed first hand the trials and tribulations of The Rep in its...

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The Seattle Waterfront Streetcar -- The Steep Grade from Idea to Reality by George Benson

This speech on the history of the Seattle Waterfront Streetcar was given in 1992 by the streetcar's advocate and founder, George Benson, who was then president of the Seattle City Council. He presente...

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The Showbox (Seattle)

Founded in 1939 as the Show Box, Seattle's historic Showbox Ballroom (1426 1st Avenue) is one of the city's few extant entertainment venues that can lay claim to having provided music fans such an ast...

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The Spanish Flu in Spokane

Kenneth Knoll was 12 years old when the influenza epidemic came to Spokane. This catastrophic event so impressed him that he felt compelled to describe it 70 years later. His essay is based mainly on ...

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The Spokane Mission: Nine Years of Love and Conflict

Robert A. Clark authored two books and numerous magazine articles dealing with the Old West. He operates Arthur H. Clark Company, in Spokane, publishers of books on the American frontier experience. H...

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The Spokesman-Review (Spokane)

The Spokesman-Review is Spokane's major daily newspaper, with roots that stretch back to The Spokane Falls Review, established in 1883 and The Spokesman, established in 1890. These rival papers consol...

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The Story of the Origin of the Humpback Salmon (Snoqualmie)

Snuqualmie Charlie (sia'txted) (ca. 1850-?) told the Snoqualmie Tribe's story regarding the origin of the Humpback Salmon to Anthropologist Arthur C. Ballard (1876-1962) in 1916. 

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The Story of Willie Keil

This account of the strange journey of Willie Keil (1836-1855) over the Oregon Trail was written by Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011) and first appeared in Adventure West in November 1994.

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The Swinging Chandelier: A Story for April 1 by Ralph Munro

Ralph Munro served as Secretary of State from 1980 to 2001. This story of the chandelier in the Capitol Building in Olympia also involves another person, Jack Metcalf (1927-2007), a Washington state s...

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The Ulin and Spray Families, Pioneers of Seattle

The Ulin family arrived in Seattle in 1869, and Erick Ulin Sr. worked as a ship carpenter. The Spray family arrived in 1875. Carl Wade, third cousin to the Sprays, contributed this account of these tw...

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The Women's Movement and Radical Politics in Seattle, 1964-1980

This is an exerpt from an interview with Dotty DeCoster conducted by HistoryLink's Heather MacIntosh in April 2000. DeCoster was an outspoken member of the Women's Movement in the late 1960s and 1970s...

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Theodore Roethke Remembered

This remembrance of the poet Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) was written by one of his former students, James Knisely. Knisely is author of a novel, Chance, An Existential Horse Opera (Mwynhad Press, 200...

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Thiry, Paul Albert (1904-1993)

Among Washington's most illustrious architects of his generation, Paul Thiry exerted a major influence in the emergence of the "Northwest style" of architecture as an early proponent of modernist desi...

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Thomas, Barbara Earl -- Oral History, Part 1: Connection, Creation, Communication

Barbara Earl Thomas (b. 1948) is a Seattle artist whose work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Whatcom County Museum, and in museums and galleries throughout the...

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Thomas, Barbara Earl -- Oral History, Part 2: Transformation, Responsibility, Choice

Barbara Earl Thomas (b. 1948) is a Seattle artist whose work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Whatcom County Museum, and in museums and galleries throughout the...

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Thomas, Barbara Earl -- Oral History, Part 3: Process and Purpose

Barbara Earl Thomas (b. 1948) is a Seattle artist whose work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Whatcom County Museum, and in museums and galleries throughout the...

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Thomas, Barbara Earl (b. 1948)

The former Executive Director of Seattle's Northwest African American Museum, Barbara Earl Thomas is far more than an institutional administrator. She is also an inspiring lecturer on the topics of ar...

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Thomas, Harlan (1870-1953)

Architect Harlan Thomas provided Seattle with an array of well-executed designs including the Sorrento Hotel and Harborview Hospital. He also designed schools in Aberdeen, Monroe, and Enumclaw, World ...

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Thomas, Harvey (1920-1987)

Harvey Vern Thomas (1920-1987) led an active and multi-faceted life as a musician, a machinist, a businessman -- and a notoriously fun-loving prankster. But it was his role as the luthier responsible ...

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Thomas, Joan K. (1931-2011)

After arriving in the Puget Sound area in 1955, Joan Thomas developed a passion for preserving Washington's environment, particularly water quality. She found a myriad ways to pursue her goal, first ...

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Thomas Wiedemann, aka the Klondike Kid, writes about his life in nineteenth-century Seattle

Thomas Wiedemann (1879-1962) gained brief notoriety as the "Klondike Kid," after heading to the Yukon on the ill-fated and ineptly crewed steamship Eliza Anderson in 1897. He grew up in Seat...

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Thompson, Dr. Alvin Jerome (1924-2012)

Dr. Alvin Jerome Thompson was an African American, an accomplished physician, a dedicated volunteer for many causes, and a man of varied talents and interests. He moved to Seattle in 1953, with his wi...

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Thomson, Reginald Heber (1856-1949)

Reginald Heber Thomson probably did more to change the face of Seattle than any one individual. During his exemplary career as city engineer and beyond, he leveled hills, straightened and dredged wate...

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Thornburg, Newton Kendall Jr. (1929-2011)

Newton Thornburg was a successful fiction writer who wrote 11 novels between 1967 and 1996, his most notable book being Cutter and Bone (1976). Though seen by many as a crime writer (some perceived sh...

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