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January 26, 2018

Thanks to the folks at the Seattle Public Library The Town Crier, a weekly published in early twentieth century Seattle, is now available to peruse online.

The Town Crier focused on the news, arts and culture of the Emerald City. It was published between 1910 and 1938 and featured work by and about local artists, musicians, photographers and actors. They also published reviews of local performances.

Think Edward Curtis, Mark Tobey, Imogene Cunningham and a look at Seattle during World War I, Prohibition, and the Great Depression.

The digital collection is well produced and offers searching by issue and select topics.

h/t and more below from :

Margaret Bundy becomes associate editor for the arts weekly Town Crier in Seattle on February 12, 1930.

Thomas Phelps's 1856 map of Seattle is published in the Town Crier on December 15, 1917.

January 3, 2018

The Artists' Regional Transit Project was "designed to stimulate thinking about transportation in the Puget Sound Region"

In the Fall of 1992 six artists traveled around Puget Sound and Modern Odysseys is the fruit of their efforts.

The artists were:

Pamela Gross

Carole L. Glickfield

Kathryn Christman

Patricia Ridenour

Nancy Lee and

John Mullen

The book begins with this:

 OK, now insert 2017 where 1992 appears.


Modern Odysseys: Heroic Journeys We Make Everyday. Seattle: Artists Regional Transit Project, [1992]. 120pp.

December 19, 2017

                Chief Seattle statue at Fifth and Denny, Downtown Seattle, 1936

One of the amazing holes in local history is a full-on biography of Chief Seattle, but now we have just such a book, in "Chief Seattle and the Town that Took his Name." The book is about 30 years in the making, for digging up sources on the elusive Chief and getting native cooperation has taken years of effort by Buerge, a fine local historian and teacher. One breakthrough on sources: letters that Catholic missionaries sent back home. The Chief who emerges is complex and ambiguous—warrior, economic-development specialist, sage, majestic orator, and advocate for multi-racial harmony. His great speech, pieced together years later from notes scribbled by a Seattle doctor, is also shrouded in mystery: what were the actual words, how does it fit with pioneers' experience? 

The book is rich in early Seattle history. It is also an overdue act of jus...

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