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Ellis, James Reed (b. 1921)

A retired municipal bond lawyer, James R. Ellis never held public office, never headed a major corporation, and was never rich. Yet, as a citizen activist for more than half a century, he left a bigge...

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Engle, Helen (b. 1926)

Helen Engle is an environmental activist with a formidable resume of involvement, especially in issues involving South Puget Sound. Early on she joined the Seattle Audubon Society and in 1969 co-found...

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Enumclaw, the Home of Agricultural Co-operation

This People's History reproduces a June 1, 1914 article from The Ranch, a south King County magazine, describing some of the emerging cooperatively-owned businesses in the Enumclaw area. At the time, ...

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Fifty Years of the Seattle Banjo Club

This is a People's History of the first 50 years of the Seattle Banjo Club, founded in 1962. It was written by John LaFond, who joined in 1973. He is the club's longest-serving member.

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Filipino Americans in Seattle

With an estimated population of 30,000 (in the late 1990s), the Filipino American community forms the largest group of Asian Americans in the Seattle area. Beginning with the first known Filipino resi...

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Firland Sanatorium

Firland Sanatorium, Seattle's municipal tuberculosis hospital, opened on May 2, 1911, to help combat what was at the time Seattle's leading cause of death. Firland was located on 34 acres in the Richm...

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Focke, Anne (b. 1945)

Anne Focke has been an integral player in Seattle's cultural life since she graduated from the University of Washington in 1967, one of the first graduates in the university's art-history program. She...

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Forterra

Seattle-based Forterra started as a small land trust -- a nonprofit organization that works to conserve land -- and grew into the biggest and most influential such group in the state. Initially called...

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Gordon Clinton, Mayor of Seattle 1956-1964

On March 30, 2004, HistoryLink Executive Director Walt Crowley (1947-2007) interviewed Gordon Clinton (1920-2011), who served as Seattle's mayor from 1956 to 1964. This was during a pivotal period in ...

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Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery -- Seattle

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was a fraternal organization of Union Army veterans formed after the Civil War (1861-1865) for the "defense of the late soldiery of the United States, morally, ...

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Group Health Cooperative, Part 1: Planting the Seeds, 1911-1945

The health care visionaries who founded Group Health Cooperative in Seattle in 1945 were activists in the farmers' grange movement, the union movement, and the consumer cooperative movement. Their ins...

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Group Health Cooperative, Part 3: Growing Up and Out, 1952-1965

The health care visionaries who founded Group Health Cooperative in Seattle in 1945 were activists in the farmers' grange movement, the union movement, and the consumer cooperative movement. Their ins...

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Group Health Cooperative, Part 5: Reform and Renewal, 1981-1990

The health care visionaries who founded Group Health Cooperative in Seattle in 1945 were activists in the farmers' grange movement, the union movement, and the consumer cooperative movement. Their ins...

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Group Health Cooperative, Part 6: Marriages and Divorces, 1991-2000

The health care visionaries who founded Group Health Cooperative in Seattle in 1945 were activists in the farmers' grange movement, the union movement, and the consumer cooperative movement. Their ins...

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Hadassah, Seattle Chapter

Hadassah, a Jewish women's organization, was founded with the goals of fostering Zionist ideals in America through education and to begin public health nursing and nurses' training in Palestine. Gisel...

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Handy, Robert John (1901-1984)

Beginning in 1936, Robert J. Handy laid the foundation of Seattle-based PEMCO Financial Services, which does more than $1 billion in business annually. Born in Minnesota in 1901, Handy traveled to Pug...

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Happy Valley Grange (Redmond)

Granges were an important political force through much of rural America through the first half of the twentieth century and were responsible for a number of progressive agricultural and political refo...

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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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Helfgott, Anna (1899-1996)

Anna Helfgott was a vigorous activist for progressive causes and a leader in Seattle's Gray Panthers. In her working years she was a dressmaker and fitter, and was an early member of the International...

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HistoryLink.org -- A Slideshow History of the First Years

This is a slideshow photo essay on the history of HistoryLink.org, the evolving online encyclopedia of Washington state history that you are here looking at. Written and Curated by Heather MacIntosh. ...

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Intiman Theatre

Intiman Theatre is a professional not-for-profit resident theater company in Seattle. From its inception in 1972 in a tiny 70-seat theater in Kirkland to its present operation in the 480-seat Playhou...

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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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Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle was created in January of 1928. Called the Seattle Jewish Fund, it served as the city's first centralized Jewish umbrella institution. The Seattle Jewish Fund ...

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King County Landmarks: Burton Masonic Hall (1894), Burton, Vashon Island

Address: 23927 Vashon Highway SW, Burton, Vashon Island. The Burton Masonic Hall, built in 1894, is a prominent structure in the Vashon Island community of Burton. Constructed by carpenter/builder How...

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