West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle history http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:03:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 3 West Seattle landmarks get $ boost from Building for Culture http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/3-west-seattle-landmarks-get-boost-from-building-for-culture/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/3-west-seattle-landmarks-get-boost-from-building-for-culture/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2015 01:47:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330056

(WSB photo from February)
Three landmark buildings in West Seattle are getting a boost from a county cultural-grant program.

(SW Seattle Historical Society photo from May: Dennis Schilling, Alki Homestead owner, with logs for restoration)
Here’s the announcement from West Seattle’s County Councilmember Joe McDermott, one day before county and cultural leaders gather to celebrate the list of grants that includes these three:

Renovation of the Admiral Theater and restoration of the Alki Homestead highlight a list of the projects in West Seattle and throughout King County that will receive funding to help maintain their buildings and preserve the arts and heritage programs that are held inside.

“As a lifelong West Seattle resident, I grew up going to the Admiral Theatre and Alki Homestead,” said Council Vice Chair Joe McDermott. “I am proud to promote the rich cultural history in West Seattle through the Building for Culture grant program.”

The Admiral Theater received $95,000 towards a renovation that will see the number of screens double from 2 to 4. The 111 year old Alki Homestead was awarded $83,000 towards its complete restoration, after a fire destroyed it in 2009.

The funding for maintenance, repairs, and preservation were allocated from the Building for Culture Program and unanimously approved by the County Council. Building for Culture is a partnership between King County and 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency, using bonds backed by the hotel-motel tax to build, maintain, expand, preserve, and improve new and existing cultural facilities.

After the Council approved the creation of the Building for Culture Program, 4Culture put out a request for proposals to nonprofit arts, heritage and cultural organizations and eligible public agencies, as well as owners of national-, state-, or local-designated or eligible landmark properties. 4Culture then convened independent peer panels composed of arts, heritage, and preservation professionals, and other community representatives to review applications and make the final selections.

Facilities receiving funding in West Seattle are:

Admiral Cinema LLC – Admiral Theater Renovation – $95,000
Delridge Neighborhood Development Association – Elevate Youngstown – $100,000
Dennis Schilling – Restoring the Alki Homestead – $83,000 $45,190 (correction from CM McDermott’s office on 11/24/2015)

The bonds supporting these projects are made possible by early retirement of the Kingdome debt. State law requires that hotel-motel tax revenues King County collects this year after repayment of the Kingdome debt be directed to arts and cultural programs.

Read more about the grant program here.

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West Seattle history: Denny Party anniversary today; SWSHS annual meeting tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-history-denny-party-anniversary-today-swshs-annual-meeting-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-history-denny-party-anniversary-today-swshs-annual-meeting-tomorrow/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:15:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329023 Two West Seattle history notes:

DENNY PARTY LANDING ANNIVERSARY TODAY: On November 13th, 1851, as the marker at 63rd SW and Alki Ave SW (top photo) points out, the Denny Party landed here, the end of a journey that had started in Illinois. HistoryLink has the thumbnail version of the story. On the 150th anniversary of the arrival, The Seattle Times checked in with some of their descendants.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL MEETING TOMORROW: This gives us a reason to remind you that the annual meeting of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is tomorrow (Saturday), six days after the organization’s record-setting gala (WSB coverage here). All are welcome at tomorrow’s meeting, 1:30 pm-3 pm at the High Point Library (35th SW & SW Raymond), which will feature County Councilmember Joe McDermott, who, as a former Underground Tour guide, is a lively storyteller. More info here.

P.S. Because of the meeting, the Log House Museum will NOT be open tomorrow. Otherwise, you can visit noon-4 pm Sunday (and subsequent weeks, the usual Thursdays-Sundays).

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VIDEO: Southwest Seattle Historical Society brunch crowd goes ‘Home to the Homestead’ and gives big http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/video-southwest-seattle-historical-society-brunch-crowd-goes-home-to-the-homestead-and-gives-big/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/video-southwest-seattle-historical-society-brunch-crowd-goes-home-to-the-homestead-and-gives-big/#comments Sun, 08 Nov 2015 10:02:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328462

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“In this room, at this moment, this is West Seattle,” declared Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals, toward the start of Saturday’s sold-out Champagne Gala Brunch fundraiser.

And West Seattle showed its generosity as well as its spirit – Eals tells WSB that the revenue from the event, which filled the Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) event rooms from windowed wall to windowed wall, totals “$77,180, up 26.4 percent from last year.”

Early on during the brunch, Eals had other numbers of note: SWSHS’s 31st anniversary, and the 100th birthday of Erma Couden, widow of its founder Elliott Couden.

While the brunch’s theme was “Coming Home to the Homestead,” he cited a long list of highlights for the year even before the historic Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge‘s sale was announced and restoration commenced, including:

-Art Wolfe speaking
-Admiral Theater upgrading (the SWSHS saved the Admiral a quarter-century ago)
-West Seattle Junction Historical Survey launched
-Museum Manager transition, Sarah Baylinson succeeded by Lissa Kramer
-Count the Lincoln Logs” contest
-Supporting the Duwamish Tribe‘s fight for federal recognition
-“If These Walls Could Talk” tour of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop founder Daddy Standley‘s house
-Coat of paint and other touchups for the museum
-Interior work, new shelving at museum
-Riverside walking tour
-Third year of the Words, Writers, & West Seattle literary series
-Totem Pole Cruise to Alaska
-Richard Hugo tribute concert and film screening in White Center
-School Daze pop-up museum at The Kenney (WSB sponsor)
-First-ever Family Halloween on the Porch

The society won two big awards this year: Last year’s Totem Pole unveiling was at the heart of 2 awards, one from Association of King County Historical Organizations, “best single-impact-event award,” and SWSHS was crowned Nonprofit of the Year by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

But the biggest news of all this year was new ownership of the landmark Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge, purchased in March by Dennis Schilling, who quickly embarked on its restoration, six years after the landmark was charred by fire. For so long, its fate remained unknown, Eals reminded the brunch audience, showing the 2010 “This Place Matters” gathering, echoed by a photo op this past summer – “This Place Still Matters” – that was more of a celebration.

The Homestead rebirth by itself has inspired myriad events, including the log-structure-restoration lecture/demonstration by David Rogers in August. Also, Homestead memories are being shared on the “virtual chicken dinner” page on the SWSHS website. And the 1,000-plus-student photo op on June 5th dubbed “Group Hug for the Homestead” was a morning to remember, as we showed you here.

(WSB photo, June 5th, as students were still arriving)
Eals enthused about the memories that event generated for a new generation:

“Every kid in [the official SWSHS] photo, they’re going to remember that for the rest of their lives. .. We know that because every time we went to a summer festival, kids would come up and look .. and say, ‘That’s me.’ What they’re really saying is, ‘That’s my community’.”

Eals also looked ahead to next year with plans including the major part of the Admiral renovations, continued work on the Homestead, and “Ivar is coming to our museum!” – part of an Ivar Haglund exhibit is going to continue on, in part, at the Log House Museum. Camp Long is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and more.

The live auction/sale was a highlight, featuring

*11×14 painting by Merrilee Hagen with the Alki Homestead and its neon sign – went for $500

*”The Dizzy Dance of Luna Park,” envisioned by Michael Birawer, huge print – went for $1000
*16 centerpieces made from slices of logs from the 1904 Alki Homestead were sold off for $100 each
*20 log sections were available, each of which will get a personalized plaque (made by WSB sponsor Red 27 Engraving) – 16 were sold, for $150 each
*Signed Pearl Jam posters, with autographs including West Seattleites Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament, framed by WSB sponsor Wallflower Custom Framing – went for $1900
*Seahawks HQ/Practice Facility Tour for 10 – went for $700

(Winning bidders included people who have already made a heavy investment in West Seattle history, including the owners of at least two historic local homes.)

On to the featured speakers: The children of the Homestead’s first longterm chef Bob Gruye, Catherine Gruye Alexander and Rob Gruye. They followed a video by Brad Chrisman, telling the story of the Fir Lodge/Homestead. Sighs rose from the tables as people watched a point-of-view tour of the restaurant as it looked before the fire. Then the guest speakers told their story (here’s their script):

(Video courtesy of SWSHS, substituted 11/13 for our original lower-quality clip)

“He was handsome, outgoing, gregarious, an endearing person – a practical joker with a little smirk,” said Rob, explaining that their dad learned to cook in the Navy during WW II.

They talked about the legendary Homestead fried chicken, which their dad “put on the map.” Do they have The Recipe? interjected Eals. They vowed they’d never tell. They also recalled some of the other traditions – from fruit cocktail to prime rib to Shrimp Louie, and ice cream with cinnamon applesauce and “sticky pudding,” canned milk boiled for hours. “Mid-century cuisine!” declared Rob. Catherine recalled going to Blake’s bakery in The Junction for dinner rolls, “and Mr. Blake always had a maple bar for me.”

They went on to work in the restaurant business when they grew up, including Hal’s Diner (for brother) at what is now Phoenecia (WSB sponsor), and she was co-owner of Webster’s Restaurants in the ’90s, as well as other jobs including at The Shack. He now owns Hanazono restaurant in Port Townsend as well as restoring classic cars.

“For us, it all comes back to the Homestead,” said Catherine. Her brother said it was almost like a monolith, “big and happy.” “It was happy and always a place for our whole family to go for important occasions.” Catherine said that the day after their dad died years ago, they called then-owner Doris Nelson and asked if she could accommodate them. Her brother said he thinks of lights when he thinks of the Homestead, recalling not only its neon sign but also a billboard.

“It was where people came to break bread and chicken legs, to feel the ambience, to share family style food family style memories and dreams. … I am predicting that today’s West Seattle kids will be taking their own kids there 20 years from now … We are so grateful for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.” Rob concluded: “It’s all about bringing people together for a common purpose.”

Also part of the program – the Fund-a-Dream challenge, looking for people to make one time gifts, starting at the top, $5,000. They got one donor fairly quickly. Diane Tice donated it from she and husband Lou’s education foundation, in memory of her sister, a longtime SWSHS supporter. Next came a $2,500 donation. Then a $1,000 donation. And so on. Raffles raised money too, including the Golden Ticket to win a cruise – 100 tickets available at $100 each – this year with four choices of cruises, with a never-expiring Holland America Line gift certificate.

The brunch’s grand finale was a mini-quiz show: “Wait, Wait, West Seattle – Don’t Tell Me!” in the spirit of the similarly titled public-radio quiz show. Like last year’s rock ‘n’ roll panel, this was recorded for later broadcast online as a podcast on host Marty Riemer‘s website. “Contestants” were Jack Miller from Husky Deli, radio personality-turned-tech exec Shawn Stewart, author Michael Stusser, Josh Sutton from the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), TV reporter Connie Thompson – “five West Seattle luminaries” as Riemer put it. Here’s our video:

Some of the questions: “How did The Junction get its name?” “What’s the largest manmade island in the US?” “Which radio station had its studios in West Seattle?” “Which US President ordered recognition of the Duwamish Tribe?” “What is the building height limit in The Junction?” (Thompson quipped “Too high”) And for two questions, the panelists had to guess what an audience member would answer for a subjective question – “Where’s the best place to go for dessert in West Seattle?” and “What’s the best park in West Seattle?” (If you don’t want to or can’t watch the video, we have the answers to the aforementioned questions at the end of the story.)

When all the questions were asked and answered and all the points were tallied, Thompson and Stusser were declared the winners.

But everyone at the gala was a winner – and the larger community was, too, with this event boosting the funding on which SWSHS can draw during such a busy time in its own ever-evolving history.

P.S. Want to see what the SWSHS is all about? Go visit the Log House Museum, Thursdays-Sundays, noon-4 pm, at 61st/Stevens.

(Answers to the quiz questions mentioned above: Where the trolley tracks met; Harbor Island; KJR; Bill Clinton; 85 feet; Husky Deli; Lincoln Park)

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First-ever Family Halloween on the Porch @ Log House Museum http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/happening-now-family-halloween-on-the-porch-log-house-museum/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/happening-now-family-halloween-on-the-porch-log-house-museum/#comments Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21:11:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327724

2:11 PM: Can’t wait until nightfall to trick or treat? One of the Halloween afternoon events happening right now is at the Log House Museum on Alki, where the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is hosting its first-ever “Family Halloween on the Porch.” We just stopped by the museum’s big covered porch, and if you can, you should too – for a little trick-or-treating, a few treats (cider and cookies), some storytelling, and what can be spookier than history? Go inside the museum and see what happened in West Seattle long ago. The museum’s at 61st and Stevens, and the party’s on until 3 pm.

ADDED 2:48 PM: It really *is* a family event – with enough room to pull up a corner of the porch and read:

Teen volunteers from the National Honor Society at West Seattle High School are helping too, including at the craft table:

Next up for SWSHS – the Champagne Gala Brunch one week from today – updates here.

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Looking into the future with Southwest Seattle Historical Society: Champagne Gala Brunch updates; Family Halloween on the Porch http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/looking-into-the-future-with-southwest-seattle-historical-society-champagne-gala-brunch-updates-family-halloween-on-the-porch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/looking-into-the-future-with-southwest-seattle-historical-society-champagne-gala-brunch-updates-family-halloween-on-the-porch/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:06:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327532

(WSB photo taken during recent Admiral District business mixer @ Brookdale Admiral last week)
What Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals is holding in our photo is one of the “Slice of the Homestead” log sections that’ll serve as table centerpieces during the SWSHS’s Champagne Gala Brunch, now just nine days away (11 am Saturday, November 7th, at Salty’s on Alki [WSB sponsor]). The sections of original logs from the century-old landmark will also be auctioned off during the Homestead-themed gala (see the program here), which Eals reports is “at capacity,” earlier than ever, but you can get on the waitlist – go here. Everybody who’s there will enjoy the “Wait, Wait, West Seattle … Don’t Tell Me!” panel – whose celebrity participants were announced this week. And even if you are not going to the brunch, you can buy one of the 100 “Golden Tickets” on sale for a drawing that’ll happen during the gala: $100 gets you one of 100 chances to win a cruise, your choice of four destinations via Holland America Line. Here’s how to get yours, whether at the gala or at the Log House Museum starting one week from today.

Speaking of the museum (61st SW & SW Stevens, half a block from the Homestead), you’re invited to stop by for its first Family Halloween on the Porch, 1-3 pm Saturday – free treats, cider, cookies, arts and crafts, story time … find out more here.

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Got West Seattle school memories? Bring them to ‘School Daze’ pop-up museum Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/got-west-seattle-school-memories-bring-them-to-school-daze-pop-up-museum-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/got-west-seattle-school-memories-bring-them-to-school-daze-pop-up-museum-friday/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 04:25:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326017 This Friday afternoon (October 16th), the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is teaming up with The Kenney (WSB sponsor) on a “pop-up museum” themed “School Daze.” You bring the items and stories to share – in this case, as SWSHS executive director Clay Eals explains it, “photos and other memorabilia from youthful times in school.” Bring it to The Kenney’s lobby (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW) 2-5 pm on Friday and see what happens from there – enjoy light refreshments, too. Everyone’s welcome – including community members who just want to hear and see what’s in the pop-up museum and don’t have stories or items to share (yet) – more info here.

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West Seattle 9/11 commemorations: Log House Museum; Seattle Lutheran HS… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-911-commemorations-log-house-museum-seattle-lutheran-hs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-911-commemorations-log-house-museum-seattle-lutheran-hs/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 21:59:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322566 On this 14th anniversary of 9/11, flags are flying in The Junction, and we’ve heard of two local commemorations:

AT THE LOG HOUSE MUSEUM UNTIL 4 PM: Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals shares the photo and info – the display’s there until 4 pm:

Early this afternoon, on the 14th anniversary of 9/11, Newcastle residents Amy Zimmer (left) and Michele McKee, a former Admiral resident, look through a 180-page, large-format, laminated book documenting the wide variety of memorabilia and messages left at the base of the Statue of Liberty replica on Alki Beach in the days after the terrorist attack. The book is on display this afternoon through 4 p.m. on the porch of the “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, 3003 61st Ave. SW, where the welcoming flag on the porch flies at half-mast. The book, assembled by then-museum manager Pat Filer, is called “First Response: A Community’s Grief, Horror, Hype and Prayer.”

AT SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL: Thanks to SLHS for the photo and report from earlier today:

A moment of silence was brought by Seattle Lutheran High School Faculty, Staff and Students this morning to remember all the people who lost their lives and were affected by 9/11.

FLAGS IN THE JUNCTION: We took this photo in early afternoon:

ALKI STATUE OF LIBERTY PLAZA: Sometimes remembrances are left at the plaza because of the role it served right after the attacks – but today, it was off-limits to the public, with Parks Department crews doing maintenance work on the benches.

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West Seattle schools: Introducing Louisa Boren STEM K-8 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-schools-introducing-louisa-boren-stem-k-8/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-schools-introducing-louisa-boren-stem-k-8/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 19:44:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322163 The West Seattle public school permanently located at 5950 Delridge Way SW will be starting the year with a new name: Louisa Boren STEM K-8. This reflects not only the grades being added to what originally was called K-5 STEM, but also, an acknowledgment of the woman for whom the school’s now-permanent home is named (first as Louisa Boren Junior High School, later as the Boren Building). The announcement:

Only four years ago, Seattle Public Schools’ option school K-5 STEM opened its doors offering Kindergarten through 5th grade. One of the only STEM dedicated (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) elementary schools in the Seattle Metro area, the school is adding a middle school, beginning with 6th grade this coming school year.

With the addition of a middle school and a permanent location in the Boren building in West Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood, the school is now being called Louisa Boren STEM K-8.

“We are very excited to start our 4th year as Louisa Boren STEM K-8. We remain true to the school’s original goals of providing a strong STEM program rooted in project based learning, while our expanding vision is geared towards 21st century readiness in a community that values equity, sustainability and the whole child.” said principal Ben Ostrom.

STEM K-8’s 6th grade students will start this fall. Each coming year will add another grade, serving Kindergarten through 8th grade in the 2017-18 school year. Although current students ‘roll-up’ into the new middle school automatically, there is limited space for new enrollment as the school expands.

Louisa Boren was one of the Washington Territory pioneers and a founder of the city of Seattle. It’s fitting that STEM K-8 is located in the Louisa Boren building because Louisa herself loved science, particularly chemistry, botany and astronomy. “Liza” had a love of learning and a natural curiosity about the world.

Louisa Boren’s legacy continues today. Not only in the city of Seattle and the brave pioneering spirit she engendered, but also in her hard work supporting the women’s suffrage movement and her advocacy for Chinese workers settling in the area.

Arbor Heights Elementary school currently shares the Boren site for the second year while their school is built and ready for students in Fall 2016.

You can read all about the school’s namesake via this page on the school’s website, and at HistoryLink.org.

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West Seattle history: Updates on two city-landmark houses http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-history-updates-on-two-city-landmark-houses/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-history-updates-on-two-city-landmark-houses/#comments Sun, 06 Sep 2015 21:16:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321266 Updates on two of the three West Seattle residences that also happen to be city landmarks:

(WSB photo)

SATTERLEE HOUSE: The “Painted Lady” at 4866 Beach Drive SW has been on and off the market for years but finally has found a new owner. According to county records, it was sold in late July for $1,025,000. Some exterior work is under way, as you can see in our photo, taken last weekend; it was also an agenda item for the Landmarks Board last month, with approval sought for exterior-paint colors. The house’s history includes a tussle over a proposal to build three houses on its “front lawn,” denied by the city and taken by its former owner all the way to the State Supreme Court, as covered here 2008-2010. The lawn remains platted as separate lots, but no development proposals are pending.

HAINSWORTH/GORDON HOUSE: On the market for just under $2 million is the Hainsworth/Gordon House at 2657 37th SW.

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)
County records show it has changed hands four times in the past ten years, most recently a foreclosure sale at the end of 2013. Read some of its history here.


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Ticket time! Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s gala this year at Salty’s will celebrate ‘Coming Home to the Homestead’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/get-your-tickets-southwest-seattle-historical-societys-gala-this-year-at-saltys-will-celebrate-coming-home-to-the-homestead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/get-your-tickets-southwest-seattle-historical-societys-gala-this-year-at-saltys-will-celebrate-coming-home-to-the-homestead/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:04:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320947

Story and photos by Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

A “small organization with a big heart … the heart and soul of West Seattle.”

That’s how the Southwest Seattle Historical Society was described at a gathering to preview and celebrate an upcoming event that’s anything but small … its annual Champagne Gala Brunch fundraiser. As mentioned here a week ago, the date is set – Saturday, November 7th, 11 am, at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). The theme is an in-progress success story that was only a long-held dream at the time of last year’s gala – the restoration of the Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge.

More than 50 people, including SWSHS board members past and present, attended the gala preview Wednesday night at another historic West Seattle property, the Colman Estate on the Fauntleroy waterfront.

Its current owners were there for the preview too. Midway through the sips-and-bites event, SWSHS executive director Clay Eals took centerstage to formally announce the gala, themed “Coming Home to the Homestead.” The man who bought the fire-damaged landmark in March and has begun restoring it, Dennis Schilling, was also among the preview attendees.

While last year’s gala was “supremely successful,” SWSHS circulated a survey afterward to seek ideas for improving it this year, and so they determined it will be more focused, shorter, and with a little more room to roam in the Salty’s special-event rooms. The menu, Eals promised, will be reminiscent of the old Homestead – minus, he joked, the Jello (in a room full of history fans, laughter rippled around the room, which also filled with applause multiple times during the event).

Fittingly, one special presentation will feature, as explained on the SWSHS preview page, “Catherine Gruye Alexander and Rob Gruye, daughter and son of 1950s Alki Homestead chef and manager Robert Gruye.” Also planned for the Champagne Gala program, returning from last year’s gala – West Seattle personality Marty Riemer, who recorded this short sneak preview to explain:

You really, really don’t want to miss “Wait, Wait,” do you? Then don’t wait – assure yourself a seat with an early ticket purchase – go right here, right now.

P.S. One more announcement during the preview – SWSHS will lead a cruise group again next fall, this time to view autumn foliage along the Northeast coast, New York to Quebec. And if you’d like to join the group for this year’s Alaska Totem Cruise, September 19th-26th, it’s not too late to book a spot – scroll down this page to see how.

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VIDEO: More logs arrive at Alki Homestead as restoration continues http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/video-more-logs-arrive-at-alki-homestead-as-restoration-continues/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/video-more-logs-arrive-at-alki-homestead-as-restoration-continues/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:10:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320555

Another shipment of logs arrived today at the Alki Homestead, as owner Dennis Schilling continues the first part of its restoration. The video is courtesy of Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals, whose organization is headquartered just half a block away, at the Log House Museum, which was the Homestead’s carriage house in its early decades as the Fir Lodge. While the full restoration project will require city Landmarks Board approval, Schilling has administrative approval to proceed with work to replace logs at the building’s southeast corner.

P.S. This year’s SWSHS gala will celebrate the start of the Homestead’s restoration; reservations will be open soon, but in the meantime, SWSHS invites you to save the date, November 7th, and to read an early preview here.

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VIDEO: What preservationist David Rogers showed, and told, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/video-what-preservationist-david-rogers-showed-and-told-the-southwest-seattle-historical-society/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/video-what-preservationist-david-rogers-showed-and-told-the-southwest-seattle-historical-society/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:46:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320112

In a time of rapid growth and change – there is still room for, and ways to, preserve historic structures. That’s what David Rogers showed and told the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s two special gatherings this week – one at its Log House Museum, whose restoration he supervised, and one during a dinner gathering in The Junction. Missed them? SWSHS shares video of both – see the embedded highlights above, and also via its page about his visit. Rogers is proprietor of Logs & Timbers, LLC, in Rhododendron, Oregon, near Mount Hood. Some of his other projects include a historic cabin in the San Juans and a homestead cabin in a park near Ellensburg.

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TOMORROW: SWSHS hosts log-house preservationist David Rogers http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/tomorrow-swshs-hosts-log-house-preservationist-david-rogers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/tomorrow-swshs-hosts-log-house-preservationist-david-rogers/#comments Sun, 09 Aug 2015 00:13:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319329 Planning the rest of your weekend? The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is circulating one more reminder of two special events tomorrow with one guest speaker – logger-turned-log-house-preservationist David Rogers, who was the contractor for the renovation of what’s now the SWSHS’s HQ, the Log House Museum. First event is 2-4 pm at the museum (61st/Stevens): “Rogers will conduct an interactive demonstration of log-restoration techniques and describe in detail the hands-on work he did on our museum building.” No charge, but the museum would love to have you RSVP if you’re expecting to go – do it here. Then at 6:30 at West 5 in The Junction, he’s speaking during a no-host dinner event as an SWSHS fundraiser – details here.

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Stroll a side of West Seattle you may never have seen: Riverside http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/stroll-a-side-of-west-seattle-you-may-never-have-seen-riverside/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/stroll-a-side-of-west-seattle-you-may-never-have-seen-riverside/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 04:47:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319063

(WSB photo: Frank Zuvela at Riverside plaza dedication in 2012)
Know where Riverside is? OK, maybe you do, but – have you seen it up close and personal? One week from Saturday – on August 15th – you have the chance, courtesy of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

Frank Zuvela, our expert on Riverside, the tiny fishing neighborhood below the West Seattle Bridge, will return on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, to lead our annual Riverside Walking Tour. Admission is a donation of $5, and the tour leaves at 10 a.m. For more info, click here!

RSVP not required – the donation will be accepted at the start of the tour (follow the link for location info).

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How do you restore a log house? Southwest Seattle Historical Society hosting expert David Rogers http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/how-do-you-restore-a-log-house-southwest-seattle-historical-society-hosting-expert-david-rogers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/how-do-you-restore-a-log-house-southwest-seattle-historical-society-hosting-expert-david-rogers/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318428

(Photo courtesy SWSHS)
Been to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum? You might not realize the work that went into restoring it to extend its life – but you have two chances coming up to find out, according to this SWSHS announcement:

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is thrilled to welcome back to West Seattle the log-home preservationist who was the contractor for restoration of its “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum 18 years ago.

David Rogers will be the special guest of the historical society for two events on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. His appearances are supported by 4Culture.

* The first event, free and open to the public, will run from 2 to 4 p.m. in the museum’s Circle Courtyard, 3003 61st Ave. SW, where Rogers will conduct an interactive demonstration of log-restoration techniques and describe in detail the hands-on work he did on the museum.

* The second event, a fundraiser for the historical society, is a no-host dinner at West 5 Lounge, 4539 California Ave. SW in the West Seattle Junction, at which Rogers will speak about the importance of preserving and restoring log structures. Admission is a $10 donation, payable at the door or online. (Any food or drink ordered is in addition to the donation.)

Reservations are being taken for both events (here).

Rogers, who has operated his Logs & Timbers business from Rhododendron, Oregon, since 1983, has successfully helped scores of private organizations and public agencies to achieve their preservation goals.

He inspired countless thousands with his hands-on helming of the Log House Museum’s back (south) wall in 1996-1997. His craftsmanship on behalf of the museum is highlighted in a 6-minute video that is viewable (here).

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