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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Bettie Luke Recalls Marches Commemorating Anniversaries of 1886 Chinese Expulsion

Bettie Luke (b. 1942) helped Ben Woo (1923-2008) organize a march in 1986 to mark the centennial of the 1886 expulsion of Chinese residents from Seattle and led the effort to commemorate the 125th ann...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Dennis Frair Recalls Mooring at the Washington Street Boat Landing on Seattle's Waterfront

Dennis Frair is a facilities manager for Samis Foundation in Pioneer Square. A lifelong fisherman, he frequently moored his boat at the public Washington Street Boat Landing in the 1970s. Frair was in...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Marie Wong Discusses Her Research on Seattle's SRO Hotels and the Men and Women Who Lived in Them

Marie Wong is an associate professor at Seattle University's Institute of Public Service, sits on the board of InterIm Community Development Corporation, and is public-information advisor to the Kong ...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Max Chan Recalls Her Work with Migrant Workers, Immigrants, and Residents of Seattle's SRO Hotels

Maxine "Max" Chan (b. 1955) is a food anthropologist and a community activist who has researched the evolution of Chinese cuisine in the Pacific Northwest. She has also worked in social services in th...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Menache Israel Recalls Businesses on the Central Waterfront in the 1940s and 1950s

Menache Israel (b. 1922), whose father, Isaac Israel, owned Butler Dye Works at 1st Avenue and James Street, and who later owned Central Office Supply at 2nd Avenue and James Street, spent his whole c...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Mike Omura Discusses His Experiences on the Seattle Waterfront

Mike Omura (b. 1948) is a Seattle architect whose personal and professional lives have involved the Seattle waterfront. He traveled from Japan to Seattle in about 1958 on the Hikawa Maru, a Nippon Yus...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Norie Sato Recalls Working in Her Pioneer Square Studio

Norie Sato (b. 1949) is a Seattle artist who worked in a Pioneer Square studio for several decades beginning in the 1970s. The proximity to and views of Elliott Bay played a role in her creative proce...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Teresa Woo-Murray Talks About Her Great-great-grandfather, Chun Ching Hock, Seattle's First Chinese Immigrant and One of Its First Entrepreneurs

Teresa Woo-Murray is an artist and the great-great-granddaughter of Chun Ching Hock (1844-1927), Seattle's first Chinese immigrant, and she has done extensive research into his life and businesses. Wo...

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Historic South Downtown Oral Histories: Tony Chinn Discusses His Experiences on the Seattle Waterfront

Tony Chinn (b. 1947), who grew up in the Chinatown-International District neighborhood, was interviewed in April 2015 as part of a project HistoryLink did in partnership with Historic South Downtown t...

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History Day award winner -- Bainbridge Island: A Close-Knit Community's Tragedy and Triumph by Jack Hanley

Jack Hanley, a Junior at Seattle Prep, won first place in the Senior Division of the 2007 History Day competition with this essay on Bainbridge Island's Japanese American internment.

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History Day award winner -- Far-Reaching Rights: An Era of Innovation in Treaty Law in Washington State that Impacted the Rights of Aboriginal Peoples Worldwide by Jacob Ziontz

Jacob Ziontz, was a tenth-grade student in teacher Mikael Christensen's class at Shorewood High School when he won the 2010 HistoryLink.org award, senior division, for this essay on the history of Pac...

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History Day award winner -- Hirabayashi v. United States by Kylie Heintzelman

Kylie Heintzelman was a 10th Grade student at Mt. Spokane High School when she won the HistoryLink.org award for her Senior Division Paper in the 2011 state competition for National History Day. Her a...

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History Day award winner -- House UnAmerican Activities Committee: The Case of George Starkovich by Elliott Allen

Elliott Allen, of Shorecrest High School, won a special HistoryLink award in the 2006 North Puget Sound History Day competition with this account of his grandfather George Starkovich's persecution by ...

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History Day award winner -- Howard Schultz, Waking Up the World: The Story of Starbucks by Julie Xia

Julie Xia, a student at the Explorer Middle School, located in Everett and part of the Mukilteo School District, won first place in the Junior Division, Historical Paper Category, of the 2009 North Pu...

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History Day award winner -- Maynard, David Swinson (1808-1873): Father of Seattle by Alice Evered

This essay about the life and times of Seattle pioneer Doc Maynard was written by Alice Evered, a student at Northshore Junior High School in Bothell, and won a prize in the Junior Division, Historica...

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History Day award winner -- Murrow, Edward R. (1908-1965): One Man, One Microphone, One Murrow by Katie Bailey

Katie Bailey, a sophmore at Kentridge High School, was a freshman when she won a History Day essay award with this account of the life and accomplishments of famed newsman Edward R. Murrow. Murrow's r...

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History Day award winner -- Neah Bay Whaling Conflict: Upholding a Compromise by Kendal Crawford

Kendal Crawford, a 14-year-old eighth-grade student at Canyon Park Junior High School in the Northshore district, won first place in the Junior Division, Historical Paper Category, of the 2008 North P...

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History Day award winner -- San Juan Island Pig War by Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith, a 9th Grader at Canyon Park Junior High School, won First Prize in the 2006 Washington State History Day competition for Senior Historical Papers with this discussion of the San Juan Is...

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History Day award winner -- Trust in Treaties: How Tragedy Turned to Triumph for Puget Sound Native American Fishing Rights by Jacob Bruce

Jacob Bruce, a 12-year-old student in the 7th Grade at Kingston Junior High School, won second place in the 2007 History Day competition with this essay on Native American fishing rights.

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History Day Award Winner: Vancouver's Exploration of the North Pacific, 1791-1795 by Emily Miller

George Vancouver's voyage of 1791-1795 was about the exploration of a new world and staking England's claim there; about cultural encounters and exchanges of knowledge and ideas. But in terms of looki...

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History, History Everywhere: A Remembrance of Growing Up in Snohomish County's Robe Valley

This reminiscence of growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in Snohomish County's Robe Valley was written by Joan Rawlins Biggar Husby. Robe Valley is located about 10 miles east of Granite Falls on the Mo...

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HistoryLink: A History

HistoryLink.org is the first encyclopedia of community history created expressly for the Internet. The free encyclopedia was the vision of local historian, author, and civic activist Walt Crowley (194...

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HistoryLink Elementary: Prehistoric Tools and Weapons

Archaeological finds in various locations across Washington have helped scientists learn about how the earliest residents of this state lived. (This essay was written for students in third and fourth ...

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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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