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Priscilla (Patsy) Collins reflects on the YMCA

Priscilla "Patsy" Bullitt Collins (1920-2003), a member of a prominent Seattle family, was a businesswoman and longtime civic leader whose many interests included the Young Men's Christian Association...

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Prunarians (Vancouver, Washington, 1920s)

This piece on the Prunarians, a group of civic-minded Vancouver businessmen active in the 1920s, was written by Bill Alley. During the 1920s, Clark County, Washington, was the prune capital of the wor...

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Queer History in Seattle, Part 2: After Stonewall

The Stonewall Rebellion of late June 1969, in which New York City patrons of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street spontaneously rioted against routine police harassment, is often thought of as the ...

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Rainier Club (Seattle)

The Rainier Club, Seattle's premier private club, was incorporated as a "gentleman's club" on July 25, 1888, by civic and business leaders including Judge Thomas Burke (1849-1925), W. A. Peters, and E...

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Royal Esquire Club, The (Seattle)

The Royal Esquire Club is a private African American men's club in Seattle. It was founded in 1947 by five young men since there was no welcoming venue in the city where black men could socialize. Roo...

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Schooling at Cedar Falls, 1922-1940

This excerpted account of schooling at a Cedar Falls railroad camp was originally recorded on June 15, 1993 as a part of the Cedar River Watershed Oral History Project. Dorothy Graybael Scott moved to...

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Seattle Children's Home

Seattle's oldest charity, the Seattle Children's Home originated as the Ladies' Relief Society in April 1884. The founding members intended "general benevolence and charity ... with special emphasis o...

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Seattle Children's Theatre

Seattle Children's Theatre dates its birth to 1975, but it actually got its start in 1971 when the City of Seattle and the fundraising organization PONCHO together built Poncho Theatre at Seattle's Wo...

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Seattle Goodwill -- a Brief History

This is a history of Seattle Goodwill, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1923. The organization provides employment training and basic education to individuals experiencing significant barr...

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Seattle Yacht Club

The Seattle Yacht Club, at 1807 E Hamlin Street on Portage Bay in the Montlake neighborhood, has been a Seattle institution for well more than a century. First founded, briefly, in 1879, its existence...

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Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle

The Seattle-area Stroum Jewish Community Center, founded in 1946, began as a social and recreational club for Jews barred from membership in non-Jewish clubs. It has evolved into a center for the revi...

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Sunset Club (Seattle)

The Sunset Club of Seattle is a private women's club with deep ties to its city's history, tradition, and culture. The club was founded in 1913 by women from some of Seattle's most prominent and wealt...

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