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Tag: Seattle Municipal Archives

Archives Find of the Month: Nuisance Fireworks, 1932

Comptroller File 159643 contains a July 8, 1938, letter from Mrs. Ellie Barnhart of White Center complaining about fireworks being shot off near her home in White Center. She begins by declaring, “I am a tax payer…and I want protection.” The letter notes that she wrote with the same complaint the previous year, but that […]

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Archives Find of the Month: Building the Space Needle

In 1960, officials from the Century 21 Exposition were in discussions with Seattle city officials over the construction of a 550-foot tower “to be used for restaurant purposes” on the grounds of the upcoming World’s Fair. Joseph Gandy, president of the Exposition, claimed that the proposed structure would be “of tremendous excitement, interest, and value” […]

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The History of Seattle’s Pride Parade

Seattle celebrated its first Gay Pride Week June 24-30, 1974, with a variety of activities at private and public venues around the city. Mayor Uhlman gave the event official endorsement in 1977, declaring June 25 to July 1 to be Gay Pride Week in the City of Seattle. Keith Luttenbacher, in […]

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Archives Find of the Month: Trouble at the Goo Goo Saloon

Clerk File 14547 contains the following report from Police Chief John Sullivan, dated April 24, 1902: “I beg leave to report to your honorable body that on the night of April 23rd, 1902, H.H. Wilkins Jr. and a party of friends entered the Goo Goo Saloon and Concert Hall, on the southwest corner of 2nd […]

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Archives Feature: Century 21 Exposition

The century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World’s Fair, was held between April 21 and October 21, 1926 and drew almost 10 million visitors. Though the fair was primarily administered by the non-profit private Century 21 Exposition, Inc., the government of Seattle was deeply involved in development and execution. The Mayor’s Office spearheaded […]

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Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Seattle Municipal Archives Feature In May, we celebrate the contributions and heritage of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The commemoration originated in June 1977 as a congressional bill for a one-week celebration, followed by a Senate bill; President Carter signed a Joint Resolution in October 1978. President George H W Bush extended […]

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Seattle Municipal Archives Find of the Month: Working Wives during the Great Depression

High unemployment during the Great Depression led to scrutiny of families with more than one wage earner, particularly if one of those employed was a woman. A 1930 letter to a local newspaper complained that the wife of a fireman of the writer’s acquaintance “works in a store and lets two children run wild. The […]

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Archives Feature: Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated globally on April 22 to shine a spotlight on environmental issues with education and action.  Attitudes about recycling, composting, and solid waste have changed significantly since the first Earth Day in 1970.  Landfills were a primary means of disposal of solid waste in Seattle through the mid-1980s. The University Dump, now […]

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Seattle Municipal Archives Photo of the Month

Opening of Lincoln Park Swimming Pool, July 27, 1925 This pool was dug out of dirt with a retaining wall of rocks along the sides. It filled with salt water from Puget Sound. A muddy bottom and control valves that did not always contain the water eventually required a pool made of concrete and tile. […]

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Fair Housing Month

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Right Acts of 1968 on April 11, 1968; Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Fair Housing Act of 1968. April is known as Fair Housing Month for this reason. In Seattle, until 1968, it was legal to discriminate against minorities in […]

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