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Issaquah - Thumbnail History

Issaquah, located east of Lake Washington along Interstate-90, has experienced two periods of rapid growth during its lengthy history. The first came in the late nineteenth century when the local econ...

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Issaquah Library, King County Library System

The Issaquah Library traces its beginnings to February 1908, when a reading room opened in the back of Enos Guss's barbershop on Front Street. The reading room eventually faded away, and Issaquah's fi...

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Issaquah Salmon Days

Salmon Days is a two-day affair held the first Saturday and Sunday in October in downtown Issaquah (King County). It is a family-oriented event that features numerous attractions and arts and crafts, ...

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Issaquah Self-Guided Walking Tour

Native Americans inhabited the Squak Valley for centuries before the first homesteaders arrived in the 1860s. The village they founded was incorporated under the name Gilman in 1892, and then renamed ...

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Italian Immigrant Coal Miners in Black Diamond

When coal was king in Black Diamond, a small mining town in the Cascade foothills of southeastern King County, immigrants from Italy provided much of the muscle power that operated the coal mines. The...

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Italian Immigrants: How They Helped Define the Wine Industry of Walla Walla

Since the 1980s, the area around Walla Walla in Southeastern Washington has become noted for its wine industry, with more than 100 wineries and nearly 2,000 acres of vineyards now flourishing in the W...

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Italian Room, Seattle Art Museum

The Italian Room at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) brings sixteenth-century Italy to life in downtown Seattle. The wood-paneled room was built more than 400 years ago for a wealthy family in Chiavenna, ...

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It's About Time Writers Reading Series (Seattle)

Seattle’s longest-running prose and poetry reading series open to anyone in the community, "It's About Time," was founded in January 1990 by Esther Altshul Helfgott (b. 1941). Named after a defu...

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Ittner, Ruth (1918-2010)

Ecologist, trails advocate, hiking legend, tireless volunteer, author, and University of Washington public policy administrator, Ruth Ittner is most remembered for her work with Volunteers for Outdoor...

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Jack Lelivelt, manager of the Rainiers baseball team, speaks to Royal Brougham, 1938

This is a Seattle Post-Intelligencer interview of Jack Lelivelt (1885-1941), legendary manager of the Rainiers baseball team, conducted in September 1938 by Royal Brougham (1894-1978). In 1937, Emil S...

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Jackson, Helen Hardin (1933-2018)

Helen Hardin Jackson grew up in New Mexico, received an excellent education, and after a brief first marriage, became a secretary to a senator in Washington, D.C. There, in 1961, she met and married S...

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Jackson, Henry M. "Scoop" (1912-1983)

Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson was one of the most successful and powerful politicians in the history of Washington state. Jackson was born and died in Everett, Snohomish County, the rough-edged industrial ...

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Jacobs, Frank (1881-1979)

A pioneer in the field of photojournalism, Frank Jacobs covered events big and small throughout the Pacific Northwest, but specialized in transportation disasters such as ship and train wrecks. Althou...

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James Baldwin at Egyptian Theatre, Seattle, May 6, 1963 -- from Murray Morgan's Broadcast Script

Author James Baldwin (1924-1987) spoke at Seattle's Egyptian Theatre on May 6, 1963, in a fundraiser for the civil rights organization Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Murray Morgan (1916-2000) cov...

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James, Bill (b. 1944)

Bill James, a Lummi textile and basket weaver, environmental activist, and tribal historian, absorbed the artistic and cultural traditions of his tribe as a means to both revitalize Coast Salish weavi...

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James, Burton W. (1888-1951) and Florence Bean James (1892-1988)

Burton W. James and Florence Bean James, founders of the Seattle Repertory Playhouse, played a central role in the city's theatrical life for nearly 30 years. They arrived in 1923, coaxed west from Ne...

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James, Clayton (b.1918)

Northwest artist Clayton James has worked with many types of media: he has painted landscapes, made furniture, and sculpted in clay, wood, and concrete. Not originally from the Northwest, he was atten...

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Japanese Americans in Seattle and King County

For more than a hundred years, Japanese Americans have made significant contributions to the commercial, cultural, and social history of Seattle and King County. Early immigrants arrived just before t...

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Japanese Castaways of 1834: The Three Kichis

The first Japanese known to have visited what is now Washington arrived in a dismasted, rudderless ship that ran aground on the northernmost tip of the Olympic Peninsula sometime in January 1834. The ...

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Japanese Community in the San Juan Islands, 1880-1942

A few Japanese immigrants arrived in the San Juan Islands late in the nineteenth century to work in fish canneries; seasonal employment was arranged by Seattle labor contractors and not until 1917 did...

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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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Japanese Immigration to the Puget Sound Region

Japanese immigrants began arriving in the Puget Sound area in the 1890s to work in the labor-intensive industries of railroad construction, logging, mining, fish processing, and agriculture. The Immig...

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Jean Kurosaka Sano: War, Peace, and Friendship

The eventful life of Jean Kurosaka Sano, a Japanese American from Seattle who became a close friend of Joe and Ruth Caldbick soon after they moved to the city from rural Northern Ontario in 1929, is t...

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Jefferson County -- Thumbnail History

Jefferson County, located on the Olympic Peninsula in northwestern Washington, was created by the Oregon Territorial Legislature on December 22, 1852, from a portion of Lewis County. It was named in h...

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