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Seattle Histories: The Coffee Messiah by Timothy White Eagle

In this latest entry for the Seattle Histories storytelling project, Timothy White Eagle tells the story of opening and running Seattle’s Coffee Messiah and all the beautiful connections he made with artists and friends. The Coffee Messiah appeared on Seattle’s queer scene in 1995 and found its community in outsider… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Histories: A Brief History of Block 17 in Pioneer Square

by Beverly Aarons In The Before In the spring of 1785, earthy toned mudflats glistened in the moonlight during low tide in the place called Sdzidzilalitch (little crossing-over place)i. Pacific tree frogs sang their mating chorus (kreck-ek, kreck-ek) in the marshy forest which brimmed with fir, oak, cedar and other… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Histories: Chinatown Childhood

by Betty Lau My earliest memories are of living in an old brick and wood building on the northeast corner of 5th Ave. S and S. Washington streets between the second (2nd Avenue) and third (King Street) Chinatowns. Chinese dock and cannery workers had lived on the waterfront, the original… [ Keep reading ]

The Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team: Forging a Tradition One Step at a Time

by Dr. Marie Rose Wong Chinese American History in Context On 8 May 1882, the 47th United States Congress passed Chinese Exclusion Law in what would be the first significant piece of federal immigration legislation and the only such law that was based solely on race. During its enforcement, the law had seen several revisions and additions with each one being more restrictive in determining which Chinese immigrants would be allowed… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Histories: Pieces of Promenade

Pieces of Promenade by Leija Farr I’ll give my children the dreams, the streaks of maroon. The glimpses of red apples. The recollections of light, even if broken. Gaped. Hyphenated. They will only imagine the sand colored brick, the incessant shimmer of the store sign. Only now their mother will… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Histories: The Power of Authentic Filipino-American Representation

The Power of Authentic Filipino-American Representation Words and paintings by Cleo Pineda As a naturalized citizen of the United States, people often ask me about my experience moving to a different country. Tumultuous. Being raised in a Filipino household where I ate dishes like Sinigang and spoke in Kapampangan and then… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Histories: My Grandmother’s Hand

My Grandmother’s Hand by Elana Lim In 2008, two grand openings led me to this story. First, the forty-year-old Wing Luke Asian Museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian and the only Pan-Asian American museum in the nation, reopened in its newly remodeled home in the East Kong Yick building in Seattle’s Chinatown, a four-story… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Histories: The Barbershop Talk

The Barbershop Talk by Aeon Corvidae (AY-on KOR-vi-day) Pioneer Square, a place where the buildings are frozen in time. The morning air feels and smells of the salty Puget Sound, where you can hear the Western Gulls cry along with the horns of the passenger ferries. This is the neighborhood… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Histories: Take a Knee

Take a Knee Words and video by Kibibi Monié I was born at Providence Hospital at 8:09pm on October 8, 1948. The Yesler Terrace housing projects is where I got most of my formal training as a performing artist and writer. I have always been a guardian of the underdog in my community. Teaching my neighborhood… [ Keep reading ]

Seeking story submissions for Seattle Histories

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is looking to commission writers, artists, photographers, or other creatives to participate in a new storytelling project called Seattle Histories. This series focuses on the people and places that have shaped Seattle’s past and led us to the present. In partnership with the Historic Preservation Program, we are highlighting communities and stories… [ Keep reading ]