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PEMCO Financial Services

Seattle-based PEMCO Financial Services is a family of companies and enterprises, not a single corporation, encompassing Evergreen Bank, PEMCO Insurance, and PEMCO Corporation, and associated with the ...

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Pettus, Terry (1904-1984)

Terry Pettus was a progressive-minded newspaper reporter who became Washington state's first member of the American Newspaper Guild. He was a key organizer of the Seattle chapter of the Guild, which i...

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Pinel Foundation Psychiatric Hospital (Seattle), 1948-1958

In September 1948 the Pinel Foundation was established in Seattle and shortly thereafter it opened a psychiatric hospital at 2318 Ballinger Way in Shoreline. The foundation's core goal was to provide ...

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Pioneer Association of the State of Washington

In 1871, King County formed a local pioneer association that became the genesis of a wider organization. In 1883, a number of settlers met in Olympia, Washington, to form a Territorial pioneer associa...

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PONCHO (1963-2013)

Seattle-based PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural, and Charitable Organizations) was formed in 1963 by a small group of civic leaders to help the Seattle Symphony pay off a large debt resulti...

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Prunarians (Vancouver, Washington, 1920s)

This piece on the Prunarians, a group of civic-minded Vancouver businessmen active in the 1920s, was written by Bill Alley. During the 1920s, Clark County, Washington, was the prune capital of the wor...

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Queer History in Seattle, Part 2: After Stonewall

The Stonewall Rebellion of late June 1969, in which New York City patrons of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street spontaneously rioted against routine police harassment, is often thought of as the ...

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Rainier Club (Seattle)

The Rainier Club is Seattle's oldest private club, established in 1888 when Washington was still a territory. A handful of politicians and business leaders met on February 23, 1888, to discuss the ide...

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Rotary Club of Seattle

Founded in 1909, Rotary Club of Seattle -- the fourth oldest Rotary club in the nation -- provided a place where networking and fellowship could thrive. Its all-male members soon added a third compone...

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Royal Esquire Club, The (Seattle)

The Royal Esquire Club is a private African American men's club in Seattle. It was founded in 1947 by five young men since there was no welcoming venue in the city where black men could socialize. Roo...

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San Juan Preservation Trust (San Juan County)

The San Juan Preservation Trust (SJPT) was established in 1979 to promote conservation efforts in the San Juan Islands. Throughout the late 1970s, island residents had become increasingly alarmed that...

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Schooling at Cedar Falls, 1922-1940

This excerpted account of schooling at a Cedar Falls railroad camp was originally recorded on June 15, 1993 as a part of the Cedar River Watershed Oral History Project. Dorothy Graybael Scott moved to...

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Seattle Art Museum (Part 1)

Creating an art museum in Seattle began with a modest gathering of like-minded art and cultural enthusiasts in the early years of the twentieth century. Through two predecessor organizations and the p...

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Seattle Art Museum (Part 2)

Until the early 1970s, the Seattle Art Museum had been firmly led by one man, Richard Fuller, but things were about to change. Many people would lead the museum as directors and board members over the...

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Seattle Banjo Club: The First 50 Years

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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Seattle Children's Home

Seattle's oldest charity, the Seattle Children's Home originated as the Ladies' Relief Society in April 1884. The founding members intended "general benevolence and charity ... with special emphasis o...

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Seattle Children's Theatre

Seattle Children's Theatre dates its birth to 1975, but it actually got its start in 1971 when the City of Seattle and the fundraising organization PONCHO together built Poncho Theatre at Seattle's Wo...

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Seattle Goodwill -- a Brief History

This is a history of Seattle Goodwill, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1923. The organization provides employment training and basic education to individuals experiencing significant barr...

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Seattle Opera

Seattle Opera was formed in late 1963 with the merger of two briefly competing groups -- Seattle's Western Opera Company, founded in 1962 by Helen Jensen (1886-1974), and the Seattle Opera Association...

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Seattle Yacht Club

The Seattle Yacht Club, at 1807 E Hamlin Street on Portage Bay in the Montlake neighborhood, has been a Seattle institution for well more than a century. First founded, briefly, in 1879, its existence...

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Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle

The Seattle-area Stroum Jewish Community Center, founded in 1946, began as a social and recreational club for Jews barred from membership in non-Jewish clubs. It has evolved into a center for the revi...

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Sunset Club (Seattle)

The Sunset Club of Seattle is a private women's club with deep ties to its city's history, tradition, and culture. The club was founded in 1913 by women from some of Seattle's most prominent and wealt...

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Swedish Medical Center (Seattle)

At the turn of the twentieth century Seattle's medical community was largely dominated by hospitals run by religious orders and small, infirmary-type hospitals. When Dr. Nils A. Johanson arrived from ...

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Tacoma Buddhist Temple

For more than one hundred years the Tacoma Buddhist Temple, located since 1931 at 1717 S Fawcett Avenue in downtown Tacoma, has carried important ties to the city's historic Japantown both as a physic...

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