Southwest Seattle Historical Society - Log House Museum
Kat Eggleston performs at April fundraising house concert.
Board members Bonnie Gromlich (left) and Kerry Korsgaard flank volunteer Debbie Neifert after giving our museum festive decor.
Volunteer greeter Pete Heintz shows an exhibit to the Rehkopf family.
Volunteer John Kelly is interviewed by KUOW-FM about Statue of Liberty replica.
Youth on Alki
Schmitz Park Elementary students tour our museum and our neighborhood.
Schmitz Park students touch a piece of Plymouth Rock on the Alki landing monument.
Stephanie Guerra signs autographs at "Words, Writers & West Seattle" in October.
Schmitz Park students walk into the school, past a new plaque showcasing its heritage.
Merrilee Hagen displays her Alki Lighthouse painting, part of our Gala silent auction.
Retired car dealer Steve Huling is interviewed for "Telling Our Westside Stories."
Museum on the move
The Youngstown Cultural Arts Center hosts us at September open house.
Volunteer Nancy McPhee enjoys our Champagne Gala Lunch at Salty's on Alki.
100th-birthday gathering draws 216 Alki Elementary students and alums.
The mighty middle
The Seattle Times features our Madison Middle School interviewers.
The 9/11 luminaria bags displayed in September at Alki Arts express many themes.
Hungry for history
Alki Elementary School students line up for 100th anniversary cake.
Visitors enjoy the Colman estate tour in Fauntleroy in April.
Former board member Sigrid Wilson wins Gala tickets at July 4 picnic.
Volunteer Nancy Sundberg guides students through our native garden.
The sounds of history
Sonia Rehkopf listens to stories by community elders at our museum.
Enjoying “Cookies & Cider on the Porch” are Alki residents Cam and Will Winter.
The Alki kids
Sisters Denise (left) and Marcy Johnsen flank childhood friend Catherine Gruye at the Champage Gala Lunch at Salty's on Alki.
Volunteer Dave Hrachovina chats with visitors to our booth at Alki Arts Fair.
ClearChannel billboard east of the Junction promotes our Log House Museum.
Lyn McClelland of the Coast Guard Auxiliary speaks at centennial of Alki Lighthouse.
'A shared experience ...'
'... we never wanted to share': King County Executive Dow Constantine at 9/11 event.
Clay Eals, executive director, shows YMCA preschoolers the 1904 Alki Homestead.
See no evil
Joking with museum ornaments at “Cookies & Cider on the Porch” are (from left) volunteers Amanda Gilbert and Debbie Neifert and visitor Karen Choyce of Newcastle.
Will Winter (right) of Coast Guard Auxiliary awaits receipt of medallion honoring the Alki Lighthouse centennial.
At home in Fauntleroy
Volunteer Nancy McPhee displays 1929 photo of her as 4-year-old flower girl at historic Colman estate in April.
A South Seattle Community College student hears "Westside Stories."
Volunteer Dora-Faye Hendricks guides visitors through Colman estate in April.
Visitors to the Nickels home tour in August learn about the Admiral district.
Merrill Gardens residents pay a visit to the Log House Museum.
Sign of hope
Paragon REA posts "for sale" sign at the landmark Fir Lodge/Alki Homestead.
Bins of bags
Some of the 1,692 luminaria bags from 9/11 go on display at Alki Arts in September.
'The Earth Cried Out'
Dean Keppler, 9/11 luminaria bag instigator, attends and speaks at September event.
Sweet on the museum
Touring our museum is the Sea-Tac Sweeties red-hat organization.
(From left) Aly, Nancy and Tia Hallberg regale 180 guests at Champagne Gala Lunch.
Dave Beck looks West
Radio's Dave Beck speaks to Champagne Gala Lunch crowd of 180 at Salty's on Alki.
Author Peter Stekel speaks at "Words, Writers & West Seattle" series in November.
Unofficial greeter Scooby the cat welcomes YMCA preschoolers on our steps.
Volunteer Amanda Gilbert displays our new 1928-based "Scenic West Seattle" tote bag.
Clay Eals, executive director, recruits volunteers at SSCC job fair.
At our museum, children color their versions of the 100-year-old Alki Lighthouse.
Hands of preservation
Volunteer Kathi Ishimaru stores news clips on pioneer D.C. Conover.
Mother and son, Vicki and Alan Schmitz take in opening day at namesake school.
Marcy Johnsen and Earl and Adah Cruzen visit during Gala Preview Party in August.
Wayne Moore and his grandson enjoy the annual July 4 picnic at the museum.
Siblings Clara and Loren Peterson help Gala emcee Clay Eals award a raffle prize.
'Words, Writers & West Seattle'
Stephanie Guerra kicks off book series at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village.
In our courtyard, Will Winter details the 100-year-old history of Alki Lighthouse.
Clay Eals, executive director, speaks to CenturyLink Pioneers about heritage.
'If These Walls Could Talk'
Volunteers Bethany Green (left) and Carolyn Smith chaired Nickels home tour.
Former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and wife Sharon welcome visitors to their 100-year-old Craftsman home in August.
King County Archivist Greg Lange reveals 19th century owners of Nickels' property.
Pieces of history
Volunteer Amanda Gilbert works to solve a hand-carved puzzle from the 1930s.
Gala Preview Party guests enjoy the vantage point of The Pacific Institute.
Aurora Bennett and father John Bennett flank longtime board member Carol Vincent.
Board member Carol Vincent relaxes after marathon Alki Lighthouse cookie bake.
Erma Couden, 98, widow of founder Elliott Couden, applauds at Gala.
Board members Inez Lindsey (left) and Tia Hallberg enjoy Champagne Gala Lunch.
Peter Stekel's "Words, Writers & West Seattle" talk draws 25 to Barnes & Noble.
Twin sisters Joan Bailey Mraz (left), former president and co-founder; and Diane Bailey Tice, Advisory Council member, enjoy Champagne Gala Lunch.
Sarah Baylinson, museum manager, tells the Alki settlers story on our museum porch.
2013: Our Year in Review
Check out the slide show above for highlights from our historical society’s colorful and creative year of 2013. You might even see yourself!
Watch the images as they rotate randomly, or hover over the arrows at the left and right side of each image to move them along more quickly.
Photos by Joan Stover, Ann Anderson, Brad Chrisman, Sarah Baylinson, Patrick Robinson, Jean Sherrard, Gail Ann Photography, Charles Baker Hopkins, Clay Eals and others.
Our museum awaits you!
Welcome to the “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society! Discover this gem one block from Alki Beach in a restored 1904 log building surrounded by a native plant garden.
Our storefront and home, the Log House Museum is a place to discover and celebrate the history of the Duwamish peninsula and the Birthplace of Seattle.
Open noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and by appointment. Fully handicapped-accessible.