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January 18, 2018

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Release Date: 01/12/2018

History Café: Learn About Local History This Winter

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Every third Wednesday of the month, The Seattle Public Library co-presents History Café: evening presentations and panel discussions on Seattle and Pacific Northwest history at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave N., in the museum's Compass Café.


Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Dates, times and locations for upcoming History Café events are as follows:


Preserving Neighborhood Stories through Oral History

Throughout most of the twentieth century, the Central District was the only Seattle neighborhood in which African-Americans were allowed to own or rent property. Residents responded to housing discrimination, inadequate infrastructure, job discrimination and underfunded schools with innovation, creativity, community leadership and solidarity.


Today, the Central District is undergoing rapid transformation. Hear the stories of those who call the Central District home and how two oral history projects are not only helping to preserve this legacy but may influence the way in which we imagine our city's future.




How Minority Men and Tradeswomen Won Justice on the Jobsite

Civil rights and labor activists in the 1960s and 1970s broke down barriers for women and workers of color in the construction industry, opening a pathway to historically inaccessible jobs.


Join Conor Casey, head of the UW Labor Archives, to learn how Seattle workers fought for justice on the job through the lens of the collections that document this history. Assistant Labor Archivist Crystal Rodgers will introduce and contextualize her pop-up exhibit on "Women in the Trades."


  • 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21



Capturing Bertha & the Biggest Tunnel in the World through Photography

Photographer Catherine Bassetti captured one-of-a-kind photos and videos of the State Route 99 tunnel project, from hundreds of feet up in the air to hundreds of feet underground.


Bassetti will join HistoryLink's Jennifer Ott for a discussion about the many stories she documented with her cameras. She will also show a sampling of her still images and video clips.


  • 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21



History Café is co-presented by The Seattle Public Library, MOHAI and HistoryLink.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636, visit our History Café page, or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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