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Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith
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Categories: Exhibits

Jack Straw Cultural Center
Through 6/17/2018

Legendary photographer Al Smith was an explorer and his camera was the universal key that opened doors and gave him license to go anywhere. Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, organized by Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), gives visitors a rare peek into Smith’s historically significant collection that chronicles the African-American community during the mid-20th century in the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit also provides an entry point into national discussions about the history and changing character of Seattle and its evolving neighborhoods. 

This satellite exhibition of Al Smith’s photos that are not part of the exhibition at MOHAI. Jack Straw is located at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, in Seattle’s University District. 


Heirloom baby bonnet workshop
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Categories: Education

Greater Kent Historical Society
Date: 4/14/2018, 1-3:30 PM

Make a baby bonnet from vintage handkerchiefs. With the bonnet, bring baby home from the hospital or celebrate a religious event or family gathering. Then save the bonnet for the future. When baby grows up, the bonnet unfolds and becomes a bridal hanky for “something old.”

All materials and instructions are included in the $20 cost. You don’t need advanced sewing skills for this workshop. If you can sew with a needle and thread, you can easily make this bonnet. You will be guided through the process.

Please reserve your space in advance at 253-854-4330 or


Navigating to Alki
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Log House Museum

This exhibit features early maps of the Duwamish Peninsula, which tell the story of the growth and development of Alki and the northern end of the Duwamish Peninsula through 1907. Drawing upon the historical maps collection of the United States Coast Survey and scholarly work assembling the history of the Duwamish people, guest curator Phil Hoffman demonstrates the progression from a “land untouched” prior to the European-American exploration to emergence as a residential, recreation and industrial center.

The Log House Museum is free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 PM. It is located at 3003 61st Avenue SW in West Seattle.


Fund development director
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Densho is looking for a Fund Development Director to join Densho’s senior management team and lead a multi-year fundraising initiative.

Densho story: The lessons learned from the World War II mass removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans are needed today more than ever. The rhetoric and attempts to implement Muslim immigration bans and border walls between the U.S. and Mexico echo the rhetoric and actions taken 76 years ago against Japanese Americans. Densho’s mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. These firsthand accounts, coupled with historical images and teacher resources, explore principles of democracy, and promote equal justice for all. Densho seeks someone who can help to amplify the lessons of what can happen in our country in an environment of fear, racism, and failure of political leadership.

Densho seeks a talented Fund Development Director to grow and lead its fundraising program. Due to the rise of nationalism and xenophobia in the United States, Densho is expanding its education and communications, and is launching a multi-year fundraising initiative to raise an additional $8 million over the next 4 years. Specific duties of the Fund Development Director include leading the multi-year fundraising initiative; overseeing a robust annual fund and dinner event; creating and growing a planned giving program; mobilizing the Board of Directors and advisory committees; and managing and mentoring a growing and talented team of development staff and volunteers.

The Fund Development Director will report to and work closely with the Executive Director.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

• Fund Development Planning and Strategy: Design, implement, and track a robust, multi-year fund development initiative intended to grow Densho’s contributed revenue by $8 million over the next four years. Work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and regional advisory committees to support them in their roles as ambassadors and fundraisers in the community.

• Major Gifts: Create and maintain a major donor portfolio of 40-60 donors with giving capacity ranging between $100K- $1M. Build strong relationships with donors, and collaborate with the Executive Director and members of the Board to solicit major gifts. Regularly conduct face-to-face meetings with donors, institutional funders, and other key stakeholders.



Densho Resource Guide


The Densho Resource Guide is for educators, and provides a searchable database containing hundreds of films, books, articles, and more to help teach Japanese American history. Browsable by grade level, reading level, theme, and genre. Check it out:
Major funding for the Resource Guide was provided by grants from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service and by the Hiroaki, Elaine & Lawrence Kono Foundation.



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AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County through member organizations, individual members, and the community they serve; and support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

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