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Nordic Museum (Seattle): Its Opening

On May 5, 2018, the Nordic Museum opened its doors to the public in its new building on NW Market Street in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The event marked the culmination of a 15-year process t...

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Nordstrand, Dorothea: The story of Dandy, a Pend Oreille County horse in the 1910s

In this People's History, Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) tells the story of a horse with a mind of his own. This very strong-minded horse lived with the Pfister family near Tiger in Pend Or...

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Normie Beers: A Remembrance

This remembrance of Normie Beers, who was dubbed "Person of the Century" in 1999 by the West Seattle Herald, is by Normie Beers' great nephew P. Scott Cummins. Normie Beers was an early executive of t...

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Northgate Beginnings: Jim Douglas Remembers the First Year

In this People's History, Jim Douglas (1909-2005), president of Northgate Centers Inc. from 1949 to 1976, remembers the opening of Northgate Shopping Center on April 21, 1950, the new development's fi...

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Norway's Crown Prince Olav skis at Mount Rainier on May 24, 1939

Norway's Crown Prince Olav (1903-1991), later King Olav V, and his wife Princess Martha (1901-1954) excited the Northwest's Norwegian community and local skiers when they went skiing at Mount Rainier ...

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November 22, 1963: At the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

HistoryLink historian John Caldbick started working as a copyboy at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on November 21, 1963. This People's History is his account of the next day.

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Oil Exploration in Washington

David Brannon has provided this overview of oil exploration and production in Washington, beginning with Native Americans and ending as recently as the 1960s.

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On Seeing "Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies," a sculpture by David Govedare (Vantage)

Dorothea Nordstrand (1916-2011) contributed this reflection on the experience of seeing David Govedare's sculpture "Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies," located on top of a cliff near Vantage, visible ...

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Oral History of Caroline S. MacColl, 18-year member of Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees

Caroline S. MacColl (1923-2007), a nurse with a master's degree in public health education from Columbia University, became involved with Group Health Cooperative in 1969 when she married Group Health...

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Oral History of Deborah H. Ward, Ph.D., member and chair of Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees

This is an oral history of Deborah H. Ward, Ph.D., who was elected to the Board of Trustees of Group Health Cooperative in 1994 and has served three terms as chair. The interview was conducted by Kare...

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Oral History of Dorothy H. Mann, Ph.D., member and chair of Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees

This is an oral history of Dorothy H. Mann, Ph.D., who was elected to the Board of Trustees of Group Health Cooperative in 1987 and served until 1996, including four terms as chair. The interview was ...

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Original Seattle Sounders (1974-1983)

The orginal Seattle Sounders played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1974 until 1983. In their early seasons, they routinely packed Memorial Stadium at the Seattle Center; in later year...

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Oscar William Holden: Seattle's Patriarch of Jazz Through the Eyes of a Granddaughter

Oscar William Holden (1886-1969) arrived in Seattle in 1925 and quickly became a central figure in the city's jazz scene, which flourished in the many clubs and nightspots that lined Jackson Street fr...

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Our First Home: A Seattle Story by Dorothea Nordstrand

This is a reminiscence by Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011) who has lived in Seattle most of her life. The Pfister family homesteaded near Tiger, in Pend Oreille County, before moving to Seatt...

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Our (Issaquah) Swimming Hole in the Summer of '63

In this People's History account, Issaquah High School graduate and "Native Washingtonian" Mike Atkins relates how he and some pals took advantage of the destruction of Pete Rippe's barn during the Co...

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Our Wedding: a Seattle Love Story by Dorothea Nordstrand

This reminiscence is by Dorothea (Pfister) Nordstrand (1916-2011), who moved to Seattle with her family from Tiger, Washington, in 1919. She and Vern Nordstrand have been married for more than 60 year...

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Owens statue at Husky Stadium, University of Washington: Carver Gayton reflects

In October 2003, a statue of former Husky head coach Jim Owens (1927-2009) was placed in front of the Husky Stadium in Seattle. The statue renewed a longstanding controversy surrounding Owens. Owens c...

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Pacific Place Case Study: Vision, Civic Pride, and Political Courage Lead to a Revitalized Downtown Seattle

In the late 1990s, a three-block redevelopment in downtown Seattle that included construction of Pacific Place helped revitalize retail in the city core. The project, carried out by a group of Seattle...

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Padelford, Frederick Morgan (1875-1942): A Biography by his Great Grandson

This biography of Frederick Morgan Padelford, University of Washington English professor and Dean of the Graduate School, was written by his great grandson Gordon Padelford, who is 13 years old at thi...

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Parrington, Vernon Louis (1871-1929)

HistoryLink.org contributor Junius Rochester presented this speech in May 1986 about Vernon Louis Parrington, University of Washington English professor and renowned author of Main Currents in America...

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Pat Maloney describes the perils of reading meters for Seattle City Light in the 1950s

In September 1953, Meter Reader Pat Maloney described one of his experiences recording Seattle City Light customers' electricity useage.

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Patricia Hon and Cornish College of the Arts

In 1978 Cornish Institute (now Cornish College of the Arts) Dance Director Karen Irvin (1910-1999) invited Patricia Hon (b. 1945) to teach Graham technique and Spanish dance classes for one semester. ...

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Paul Robeson's speech to the large crowd gathered to hear him sing at Peace Arch Park on May 18, 1952

Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was a singer, actor, and political activist. This essay contains his remarks made during his historic concert at Peace Arch Park in Blaine, Washington, on the United States/Ca...

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Pepper, Jesse Elizabeth (1874-1967): a Biography by her Great Grandson

This biography of Jesse Elizabeth Pepper, wife of UW English professor Frederick Padelford (1875-1942), was written by her great grandson Gordon Padelford, who is 13 years old at this writing (May 200...

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