History is Happening Now!

 

That’s the theme for this year’s Champagne Gala Brunch at Salty’s on Alki benefitting the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. This important group promotes local heritage. What could be more important than saving the Old Homestead? Or the Admiral Theater? The Log House Museum is a West Seattle gem!

Great food and enchanting auction items where followed by Connie Thompson’s live interview with Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard authors of “Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred”.

I am honored to capture this event year after year and look forward to the next!

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A weekend of giving in West Seattle

The Power of Community shines thru during the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s 2017 Champagne Gala Brunch. community members came together to raise more than $82,000 at Salty’s on Alki on November 4th.

SWSHS Executive Director, Jeff McCord served as Mast of Ceremonies; Ron Hippe was the auctioneer, and special guest Connie Thompson interviews local icon, Jack Miller. Dave Montoure won the Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me contest.

Their goal: preserving West Seattle heritage.

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Loving Our Landmarks

It was another successful fundraising event for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s 32nd anniversary Champagne Gala Brunch. Local ‘stars’ were out at Salty’s on Alki to help raise money for some of our favorite local West Seattle Landmarks like the Admiral Theater and Alki Homestead. Their latest campaign – “We Love The Junction” – is designed to landmark the Campbell Building (home of Cupcake Royale) built in 1911/1920 and the 1926 Hamm Building, home of Easy Street Records.

West Seattle may be growing by leaps and bounds but there is definitely a desire to preserve our local heritage. Be sure to visit the “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum.

Images from the event can be seen by clicking here.

Coming Home to the Alki Homestead

0206-Homestead 0085-HomesteadMembers of the community were able to take home a slice of log from the historic 1904 Alki Homestead at this year’s auction benefit for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. This year’s presentation was “Coming Home to the Homestead, Alki Homestead” held at Salty’s on Alki. Restoration has begun on the famous landmark that was destroyed by fire in 2009. Brother and sister, Catherine Gruye Alexamnder and Rob Gruye told stories of growing up in the Alki Homestead. We all look forward to the rebirth of this much loved Alki icon. To see photos of the event please click here.

What happened to the Kalakala?

After a long history of decline the once art deco inspired Kalakala ferry ended up beyond any restoration efforts. Sadly but heroically her bits and pieces were auctioned off to lovers of the world’s first streamlined vessel that was ‘more rounded.’

She created an international sensation and was featured in National Geographic Magazine in 1938. In 1963, the Kalakala was voted the second biggest attraction, after the Space Needle at the World’s Fair.

You can read more about her twisting history at: http://www.kalakala.org/history/history_timeline.html

Owners of Salty’s purchased several pieces of the Kalakala that have found a new home at Salty’s on Alki.
Here’s what I found… 

Tripping the Lighthouse Fantastic

Members of the community gathered at Salty’s on Alki to support the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and raised over $37,000 to support and fund the projects of the Log House Museum. Guest speaker was Dave Beck, local broadcaster who moved to West Seattle in 1969 followed by the Hallberg family sisters who shared stories about mom and dad, Bob and Ada who met on Alki as kids, fell in love and lived their lives in ‘paradise’ – West Seattle. They told of their own worldwide journeys that led them each back home to West Seattle.

Guests can download complimentary files of the event by clicking here.

For more information on the presentation visit the West Seattle Blog.

Click here for more information on how you can support Southwest Seattle Historical Society

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Stand Tall for History

“Stand Tall for History” was the theme of this year’s Southwest Seattle Historical Society Gala. Held at Salty’s on Alki we ate a delicious lunch and listened to Paula Beck and Alan J. Stein, authors of “The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy” as we gazed in wonder at the Space Needle which was bathed in red reminiscent of 1962!  It’s a tall order being the keeper of our local history and the historical Society and its Log House Museum should be commended for keeping our history alive. Click here to see this year’s gala photos.