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Hirabayashi, Gordon K. (1918-2012)

In a remarkable show of personal courage, Auburn native Gordon Hirabayashi was one of handful of Japanese Americans nationwide to defy U.S. government curfew and "evacuation" orders issued in 1942 (in...

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History Day award winner -- Bainbridge Island: A Close-Knit Community's Tragedy and Triumph by Jack Hanley

Jack Hanley, a Junior at Seattle Prep, won first place in the Senior Division of the 2007 History Day competition with this essay on Bainbridge Island's Japanese American internment.

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History Day award winner -- Hirabayashi v. United States by Kylie Heintzelman

Kylie Heintzelman was a 10th Grade student at Mt. Spokane High School when she won the award for her Senior Division Paper in the 2011 state competition for National History Day. Her a...

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History Day award winner -- San Juan Island Pig War by Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith, a 9th Grader at Canyon Park Junior High School, won First Prize in the 2006 Washington State History Day competition for Senior Historical Papers with this discussion of the San Juan Is...

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HistoryLink Elementary: Fort Walla Walla

Between 1818 and 1910, there were four outposts named Fort Walla Walla. The first Fort Walla Walla was established as a fur-trading post by the North West Company. The next two were built to house U.S...

Read More This Week commentary on the events of September 11, 2001

The commentary below was published on's "This Week in History" front page on September 11, 2001.

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Holsclaw, Lieutenant Colonel Jack D. (1918-1998)

Jack Holsclaw was a significant military figure from Washington. During World War II he flew as a Tuskegee airman. The Tuskegee Airmen were an all-black pursuit squadron formed during the era of a seg...

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ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) in Washington State

During the Cold War Washington state served an important role in defending the United States and in deterring attacks. Eighteen intercontinental ballistic missiles installed near Moses Lake and Spokan...

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Irene Wilson Remembers Waitressing at the Igloo during World War II in Seattle

In this People's History, Irene (Borlaug) Wilson recounts her memories of the Igloo Restaurant and World War II in Seattle. HistoryLink's Heather MacIntosh interviewed her in Seattle in May 1999.

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Jackson, Henry M. "Scoop" (1912-1983)

Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson was one of the most successful and powerful politicians in the history of Washington state. Jackson was born and died in Everett, Snohomish County, the rough-edged industrial ...

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Jean Kurosaka Sano: War, Peace, and Friendship

The eventful life of Jean Kurosaka Sano, a Japanese American from Seattle who became a close friend of Joe and Ruth Caldbick soon after they moved to the city from rural Northern Ontario in 1929, is t...

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Kirk, Priscilla Maunder: An Oral History

Priscilla Maunder Kirk (1898-1992), an African American Seattleite, was born on August 9, 1898, in Seattle. In 1919 she moved to Montana with her husband, where she lived until 1929. She also lived in...

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