West Seattle Event Calendar

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USING THE CALENDAR: Mouse over any entry to show the “plus” sign at right; click it to expand the item for more info without leaving this page; click “read more” for the FULL listing, usually including a map, plus a chance to post a comment/question.

Jul
14
Sat
2018
Our River Has a Story…Geology of the Duwamish River Valley @ Duwamish Longhouse
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn about the geology of the Duwamish River Valley – With geologist Devin O’Reilly. Learn about glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes and how humans have shaped the river.

Saturday, July 14, 2018
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Duwamish Longhouse

Jul
15
Sun
2018
Southwest Stories: ‘Fire Stations On The Duwamish Peninsula’ @ High Point Library
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Southwest Stories: Fire Stations On The Duwamish Peninsula

Southwest Seattle Historical Society — in partnership with Seattle Public Library — presents our 2018 season of “Southwest Stories,” a speakers series featuring historical stories from the Duwamish Peninsula.

Join us for Southwest Stories and a talk by curator Bob Carney on the history of neighborhood fire stations on the Duwamish Peninsula.

Guest curator Bob Carney discusses his research process and the creation of the current exhibit at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s Log House Museum. Hear how neighborhoods and fire stations grow up together and about the community’s appreciation for its firefighters.

Southwest Stories offers monthly presentations on the history of West Seattle and the Duwamish Peninsula on the third Sundays at the five branches in West Seattle. Presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Sep
16
Sun
2018
Southwest Stories: ‘Schurman Rock – A History And Guide’ @ High Point Library
Sep 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Southwest Stories: Schurman Rock – A History And Guide

Southwest Seattle Historical Society — in partnership with Seattle Public Library — presents our 2018 season of “Southwest Stories,” a speakers series featuring historical stories from the Duwamish Peninsula.

Join us for a fascinating talk on the history of Camp Long and Schurman Rock by Jeff Smoot.

Have you ever wondered about the Schurman Rock at West Seattle’s Camp Long? Built in 1938-39, Schurman Rock was the world’s first artificial climbing wall. Join West Seattle author Jeff Smoot for a fascinating discussion of the creation of Camp Long and the biography of Clark Schurman, a local Scoutmaster and Mt. Rainier climbing guide, who built the rock to teach mountaineering skills to kids.

Southwest Stories offers monthly presentations on the history of West Seattle and the Duwamish Peninsula on the third Sundays at the five branches in West Seattle. Presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Feb
28
Thu
2019
Exploring Our Collective Memory: An Invitation to Reflect on U.S. History @ Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Lady of Guadalupe Immigrant Ministry is excited to host Professor Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, PhD from the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Seattle University on Thursday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the School Hall.

Together, we will explore our collective memory with regards to our immigration history. Most of us in the U.S. today are either immigrants or the descendants of immigrants. With the exception of our Native American brothers and sisters and the descendants of enslaved free peoples from Africa, many of us or our forebears immigrated to this country seeking a better future and freedom from persecution, violence, or poverty. Reflecting on the history of U.S. immigration in light of Catholic Social Traditions can remind us why fighting for policies that honor the dignity of our migrant brothers and sisters is a matter of faith and a matter of justice.

Mar
17
Sun
2019
Southwest Stories: Preservation 101: Tools and Tips for Preserving Historic Buildings @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Mar 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library:

At the West Seattle Library: Preservation 101: Tools and Tips for Preserving Historic Buildings

Join us to preserve and promote the special heritage of the Duwamish Peninsula on: Sunday, March 17th, 2019, 2-4pm at the West Seattle Library.

Do you have a passion for preservation? Learn more about historical preservation with:

Rebecca R. Ossa, CPM, Historic Research Specialist of Seattle City Light

With over 20 years of experience in preservation fields, Ossa helps participants identify differences between preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction, apply for grants to fund projects and more. At the end of the presentation, there will a question and answer session.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Southwest Stories promote historical education for the Duwamish peninsula. These talks are free and open to the public. Southwest Stories is sponsored in part by 4Culture, Seattle Public Library and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Apr
13
Sat
2019
We Are Still Here: 10th Anniversary Film Screening @ Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Apr 13 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

We hope you will join us for film, food, and conversation as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Duwamish Longhouse with a FREE screening + postfilm discussion of PRINCESS ANGELINE and two short films on Saturday, April 13th. (Full film synopses below). These films tell indigenous stories: past and future.

This event is a collaborative community dialogue produced by the Social Justice Film Festival & Institute in collaboration with the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center.

The Duwamish people have been in the Seattle/Greater King County area since time immemorial. Their stories, such as “North Wind, South Wind,” tell of the last Ice Age, and an Ice Weir breaking over the Duwamish River. Their longhouse today stands across the street from where one of their largest villages was located before it was burned down by settlers in 1895. Today, the longhouse is a space where the Duwamish people can revitalize their culture, preserve living heritage, and share their stories with the community.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate the anniversary of the creation of this space with an evening of fantastic films.

** Suggested Donation: $10 for 10 years **

FILMS:

PRINCESS ANGELINE

Princess Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle, is seen on many postcards and toward the end of her life, she lived alone, refusing to leave her homeland. What historical events led to her being one of the few Duwamish people left in Seattle by the 1890′s, only 35 years after the peace treaty? This video explores the story of the Duwamish and their unrecognized tribal status primarily through the life of Princess Angeline.

WAAŁŠIʔAƛIN (COMING HOME)

waałšiʔaƛin explores the modern story of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a self-governing nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island who have survived natural disasters, famine, war and colonial oppression. Watch trailer.

RECLAMATION: The Rise at Standing Rock

Reclamation: The Rise at Standing Rock—winner of the second-annual Tulalip Cares Prize for top Native American film—tells the inside story of the 300 Native Nations who, for the first time in 150 years, unite at Standing Rock to protect their land and water from an unlawful pipeline, awakening and inspiring the world with their peaceful movement of resistance. Watch trailer.

Apr
26
Fri
2019
A Night of Storytelling with Johnny Moses @ Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a night of Duwamish Teachings with Northwest Native Storyteller Johnny Moses. All are invited to share in a deeper understanding of the language and culture of the First People of Seattle, Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe, through local songs and stories.

Johnny Moses was a recipient of the 2012 WA Governor’s Heritage Award. Johnny Moses is a Tulalip Native American raised in the remote Nuu-chah-nulth village of Ohiat on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. He was raised in the traditional ways by his grandparents, and sent by his elders to share their teachings with all people. Johnny is a master storyteller, oral historian, traditional healer and respected spiritual leader.

Free admission and parking. Sponsored by 4Culture and Duwamish Tribal Services.

May
24
Fri
2019
The Detention Lottery at Fauntleroy Church @ Fellowship Hall at Fauntleroy Church
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Detention Lottery @ Fauntleroy Church

This immersive drama takes you inside a courtroom for a look at what detainees face in the U.S. immigration-enforcement system. The free performance will be led by professional actors and an immigration attorney.

Aug
8
Thu
2019
Words, Writers, West Seattle With Mayumi Tsutakawa @ Southwest Branch Seattle Public Library
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Remember some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest as writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa discusses her book “Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Southwest Branch library.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, Mayumi Tsutakawa’s presentation will focus on five “woman warriors” in the arts and journalism fields whose inspiring stories reach back to the early years of our region. These extraordinary women include the pioneering photographer Imogen Cunningham, Black American jazz musician Ruby Bishop, Chinese American artist Priscilla Chong Jue, Leftist journalist Anna Louise Strong, and Native American linguist Vi Hilbert. Drawing on her own experiences as an activist and writer, Tsutakawa explores how these women inspired others and changed our state and our society.

An independent writer and curator, Tsutakawa has focused on Asian/Pacific American history and arts. She received her MA in Communications and her BA in East Asian Studies at the University of Washington. She also co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology, which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award

This program is part of the Words, Writers & Southwest Stories series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula and Puget Sound. It is presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and co-sponsored by Humanities Washington.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and present the Words, Writers & Southwest Stories program so that local history and authors are accessible to all.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: leap@spl.org.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Aug
21
Wed
2019
Walking tour: Historic Murals of West Seattle @ (see listing)
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Historic Murals of West Seattle
A walking tour presented by Atlas Obscura Society Seattle
Take a guided tour of the larger-than-life artworks that contain a treasure trove of local history and cultural significance.

August 21
6:00 pm

Limited tickets and more information:
https://www.atlasobscura.com/events/historic-murals-of-west-seattle-august

Full event Description:

With their origins tracing back to the late 1980s, the murals of West Seattle depict glimpses of long gone local history, from Elliott Bay’s once-thriving “mosquito fleet” to the “Old Mud Hole” of Lincoln Park.

Join Atlas Obscura for a fascinating, fact-filled tour of these large-scale artworks found around the Alaska Junction neighborhood of West Seattle with Clay Eals, former editor of the West Seattle Herald and former executive director of the Seattle Southwest Historical Society. You’ll get the whole story of how these murals were created by civic leaders and a team of world-class artists, discover the tricks of their trade, learn which local luminaries were depicted in various scenes, and get more inside scoop on these unique achievements. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the West Seattle Junction Association’s mural restoration project.

Aug
31
Sat
2019
Cycle History 2019: The Places of Community @ Highland Park Improvement Club
Aug 31 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Cycle History 2019: The Places of Community

The Log House Museum and West Seattle Bike Connections present: The Places of Community.

Join us for a ride from Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) on an 8.8 mile route at a leisurely pace (10-12 mph)!

The theme for this ride is Community Gathering Places. We will stop at several places in West Seattle where neighbors have come together to socialize, garden, play music, talk about the neighborhood, and play outside, in places planned and built by neighbors. Knowledgeable local historians will tell us stories.

This will be the third annual Cycle History ride hosted by Southwest Seattle Historical Society and West Seattle Bike Connections.

Let’s meet at the HPIC at 9:30 am for our pre-ride safety briefing and ride theme description. Then, let’s depart at 10:00 am.

We will climb and descend hills at our own pace, and our goal will be to stay together. We will take it very easy on the hills on this route.

Restrooms are available at the start. We will stop along the way for restrooms and water at mile 8.2 at Highland Park Playfield.

There will be no food stops. Bring snacks if you wish.

You are encouraged to pre-register on the Cascade Bicycle Club page. There is no need to unregister if you decide not to ride. Pre-registration closes at 7:30 am on day of ride. After 7:30, just show up and register at the start.

Kids are welcome. Parents/guardians please read and comply with Cascade’s policies for children riding their own bikes.

Bring a spare tube and tools to fix a flat, just in case. Please have full fenders if the roads are wet, or you may be asked to ride at the rear of the group.

Any kind of bike is OK. Please check your tires, brakes and chain in advance.

Note: If weather conditions meet the weather cancellation criterion–steady rain cancels–or if there are unforeseen hazardous riding conditions, the Ride Leader will post a ride-canceled note in the Comments section on the Cascade Bicycle Club page at least two hours prior to the start, and Ride Leader(s) will not be at the start location.

We hope you can join us!

Sep
12
Thu
2019
Words, Writers & Southwest Stories: Elise Hooper @ Southwest Library
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

At the Southwest Branch library on September 12, Elise Hooper will talk about her book “Learning to See,” a historical novel about the life of Dorothea Lange, who created some of the 20th century’s most iconic photographs. Lange is best known for her Depression-era work creating images that inspire, reform, and define the era. At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different. Elise Hooper writes that by the early 1930s, while going through personal and economic upheaval, Dorothea Lange too k to the road with her camera, creating images that would inspire, reform, and define an era. She is the pioneering documentary photographer who captured iconic images of the Great Depression and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

This program is part of the Words, Writers & Southwest Stories series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula and Puget Sound. It is presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and present the Words, Writers & Southwest Stories program so that local history and authors are accessible to all.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: leap@spl.org.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Sep
22
Sun
2019
Night of the Arts @ Brace Point Pottery Studio
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On September 22nd, 2019, West Seattle history becomes West Seattle art in our Second Annual Night of the Arts. Sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Artist Lezlie Jane will present an exploration of her local public art projects that celebrate the history of West Seattle.

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and champagne at:

Brace Point Pottery Studio
4208 SW 100th Street,
Seattle, WA 98146

Please RSVP by email.

Lezlie Jane’s work ranges from public and private structures to park creations (including the famous Luna Girls!) to paintings. Her art has been featured in 10 books and multiple news articles. Lezlie Jane is a West Seattle native. Her hilltop studio is located in White Center.

We look forward to seeing you at Night of the Arts!
Sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society

Nov
14
Thu
2019
Words, Writers & Southwest Stories: Mike Purdy @ Southwest Library
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

At the Southwest Branch library, Presidential historian Mike Purdy peeks behind the political curtain through meticulous research–to expose that throughout history our presidents have dished out acerbic insults about other presidents, from the founding fathers to the age of Trump.

Author Purdy has prepared 101 Presidential Insults as fun and sometimes provokes one to laugh or wince, but is also thought-provoking and shocking at times—and is presented as a significant contribution to understanding the presidents.

This free event by ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. Mike Purdy’s event will take place at 6 PM at the SW Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave.SW, on Thursday, Nov.14th, 2019.

In this new book, Purdy shares antidotes he found sometimes in private letters, diaries, and conversations, as various presidents let their guard down on what they really thought about a former, deceased, current, or future president. At other times, these insults have been audaciously proclaimed in public speeches, books, and to the media. By their own words, our presidents have demonstrated their flawed humanity with insults that are often humorous and sometimes surprising for their lack of decorum. We may laugh or perhaps wince as we hear of these 101 presidential insults.

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ presentations are scheduled for the Second Thursday of each month at 6 PM at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Next month on December 12th, Humanities Washington co-sponsors Feliks Banel, local broadcaster and historian with his book, Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State.

For videos on these and other speakers’ presentations, check out “Events” at www.loghousemuseum.org . This newly re-named series is open to hosting any speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or e-mailing Dora-Faye@comcast.net
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: leap@spl.org.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.