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Native Americans of Puget Sound -- A Brief History of the First People and Their Cultures

Current scientific data indicate that Native Americans arrived from Siberia via the Bering Sea land bridge about 12,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Native Americans in King County, who are uni...

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Nordic Heritage Museum Vanishing Generation Interview with Bjarne Andvik

This interview with Bjarne Andvik, (b. 1923) is part of The Vanishing Generation Oral History Project in the Nordic Heritage Museum. Interviewed by Olaf Kvamme on October 18, 2000, Bjarne Andvik is a ...

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Now & Then -- Queen Anne's Spanish Mission (Seattle)

This file contains Seattle historian and photographer Paul Dorpat's Now & Then photographs and reflections on St. Anne's Catholic parish in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.

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Peone, Baptiste (1820-1902?)

Baptiste Peone was a chief of the Upper Spokane band of the Spokane Tribe. He was portrayed in Spokane news accounts as a most unusual kind of chief -- a wealthy, shrewd businessman. Yet for most of h...

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Prefontaine, Father Francis Xavier (1838-1909)

Father Francis Xavier Prefontaine was pioneer Seattle's first resident priest. He arrived in 1867 after a stint in Port Townsend, and built Seattle's first Roman Catholic church, Our Lady of Good Help...

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Railroad Chapel Car: Messenger of Peace

The Messenger of Peace chapel car is a wood railroad passenger car that was used as a traveling church capable of reaching people in far-flung regions served mainly by the railroad and little by other...

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Rossi, Father Louis (1817-1871)

Washington Territory's De Tocqueville is an apt description for Father Louis Rossi, a Catholic missionary priest who ministered for just over three years, from 1856 to 1860 in Washington Territory and...

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Sacred Heart School of Nursing (Spokane)

The Sacred Heart School of Nursing was established in Spokane by the Sisters of Providence in 1898 and operated until its final class in 1973. It was the first nurse-training school in the Inland Nort...

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Saint John the Evangelist Parish (Seattle)

Saint John the Evangelist Parish was established as a Seattle parish in 1917. Its founding priest was Father William Quigley. The first Masses were held at an amusement hall at 85th Street and Greenwo...

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Salmon Stories of Puget Sound Lushootseed-speaking Peoples

For centuries, salmon have been intrinsic to the culture and subsistence of the Native peoples of King County. For Lushootseed-speaking groups living along rivers and streams where salmon spawn in the...

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Seattle Holy Rollers Killings: The Spectacular End To An Oregon Love Cult

Early in the morning of May 7, 1906, Oregon mill worker George Mitchell spotted the man he had been looking for in Seattle since he had arrived from Portland on May 2. Franz Edmund Creffield was walki...

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Seattle Landmarks: Beacon Hill First Baptist Church (1910)

Address: 1607 S Forest Street, Seattle. In 1910, Ellsworth Storey (1879-1960) designed this craftsman style frame building as the Beacon Hill Congregational Church. It included large Tudor arched wind...

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