Seattle at 150 (Paperback)

Stories of the City Through 150 Objects from the Seattle Municipal Archives

By Staff Of Historylink, Jennifer Ott (Editor), Monica Simmons (Foreword by)

Historylink, 9781933245584, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 30, 2019

List Price: 34.95*
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Seattle has packed a lot of history into the 150 years since its incorporation. Much of that history--the stories, the people, dialogue and debate, conflict and vision--is preserved in the Seattle Municipal Archives. The collection's documents, maps, photographs, and ephemera bear witness to the texture, color, and voices of an ever-growing and changing city.

The 150 artifacts highlighted in this book illustrate a transformed geography, developed and redeveloped neighborhoods, and waves of city-defining immigration and emigration. They show us how the city's psyche and its physical and social landscape--its aspirations--were shaped. The steady push and pull of community organizers and civic leaders, and the everyday needs of the people who call this place home, give Seattle its remarkable spirit, just as they have since its first cornerstones were pounded into place on the shores of Elliott Bay.

About the Author

Jennifer Ott is an environmental historian, assistant director of HistoryLink, and author of Olmsted in Seattle: Creating a Park System for a Modern City; coauthor with David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal; and contributor of Washington state history to, Seattle magazine, and Oregon Historical Quarterly.