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Bellingham's Croatian Roots

This reminiscence on traveling to a Croatian village to explore his roots was written by Steve Kink, who grew up in Bellingham's Slav fishing community. Steve's grandparents, Paul Kink (originally Kin...

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Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath (Seattle)

Chevra Bikur Cholim, (Society for visiting the sick) incorporated in Seattle in 1891 with the purpose of caring for the sick and providing proper burial. It evolved into a religious congregation and i...

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Calvary Cemetery (Seattle)

Calvary Cemetery, located in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle, was the city's first major Catholic cemetery. The cemetery was dedicated in 1889 and remains active today. In all, more than 40,000 Ca...

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Chief Seattle's Speech

In addition to his namesake city, Chief Seattle (178?-1866) is best remembered for a speech given, according to pioneer Dr. Henry Smith, on the occasion of an 1854 visit to Seattle of Isaac Stevens (1...

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Chinese Americans

Chinese immigrants played a critical role in the development of Washington Territory and of Seattle. By 1880, more than 3,000 Chinese lived in Washington Territory and worked in various industries.

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Donation Land Law, also known as the Oregon Land Law

The Donation Land Law of 1850, or Oregon Land Law, permitted settlers on unsurveyed lands to select claims of 320 acres per settler (640 acres per married couple) provided they resided there for four ...

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Ethiopian and Eritrean Communities in Seattle

Ethiopians and Eritreans have lived in the Seattle area since the late 1960s, beginning with university students. From 1980 with the passage of the Refugee Act until about 2000, thousands of Ethiopian...

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Festál (Seattle Center)

Festál, a joint community and city-led effort to provide a series of cultural festivals at the Seattle Center, was founded in 1997. The origins of the program may be traced back to the 1962 Wor...

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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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Irish in Washington -- The Early Years (1840s to 1890)

The first Irish to come to the Pacific Northwest found a shifting social order with no established élites, cheap land, and broad economic opportunity. They took advantage of these prospec...

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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 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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Korean Americans in King County

Korean Americans may be our least visible Asian American ethnic community. Yet this fast-growing population may also be one of the Puget Sound's most resourceful, energetic, and culturally rich immigr...

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Latino History of Washington State

Latinos, currently the largest minority in the United States at more than 13 percent of the population, have been instrumental to the development of Washington state since the 1774 Spanish exploration...

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Life in Seattle and Environs in the 1930s, 1940s and beyond -- as told by Margaret Reed

This People's History is an interview with Margaret Reed conducted by Jyl Leininger on April 7, 1999, in Seattle, Washington. Margaret Reed describes herself as an every-day individual. "Believe me, I...

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Madrona Memories, Part 3 -- Central Area Council

Carol Richman moved with her family to the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle in 1961. She was a member of the Central Area Community Council (Madrona and the Central Area are contiguous) and in this Peo...

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Native Americans of Puget Sound -- A Brief History of the First People and Their Cultures

Current scientific data indicate that Native Americans arrived from Siberia via the Bering Sea land bridge about 12,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Native Americans in King County, who are uni...

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Nordic Heritage Museum Vanishing Generation Interview with Olaf Kvamme, Part 1

Olaf Kvamme (1923-2013) a tireless leader of the Scandinavian community, Seattle church historian, former teacher, and Administrator for Seattle Public Schools describes his early life. Born in Norway...

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Norwegians in Seattle and King County

By the 1880s, Norwegians were arriving in the Pacific Northwest in noticeable numbers. By 1910, more than 7,000 Norwegians lived and worked in the region. They lived all over King County but especiall...

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Samoan Community (Seattle)

The first wave of Samoan immigrants arrived in Seattle after World War II. Many new arrivals had worked on the naval base in Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, which closed with the end of the ...

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Seattle -- A Brief History of Its Founding

Seattle was founded by members of the Denny party, most of whom arrived at Alki Beach on November 13, 1851 and then, in April 1852, relocated to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay. With the filing of th...

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Seattle Sephardim: Early Beginnings

In June 1902, the first Sephardic Jews, Solomon Calvo (1879-1964) and Jacob (Jack) Policar (d. 1961), arrived in Seattle from Marmara, Turkey. In 1904, Nissim Alhadeff arrived from the Isle of Rhodes....

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Somali Community in Seattle

The Somali immigrant community in Seattle began as a small group of college students and engineers in the 1970s and 1980s. It has grown exponentially in the past 20 years as thousands of refugees of S...

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Southeast Asian Americans

Never in the history of the United States have so many people come from the same region in so short a time under such dire circumstances as did the Southeast Asian refugees in the decade after 1975. O...

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