Come to our Annual Meeting & Celebration!

Please join us next Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at the Delridge Library for our 2017 Annual Meeting. Current members of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society will vote on certain issues such-as new Board Member appointments, etc., and all will enjoy our planned program for the day. Space is limited—RSVP

We will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our own museum—the “Log House Museum” located at 3003 61st Ave SW near Alki. The museum first opened on Nov. 13, 1997 and has been going strong ever since!

The event’s speakers include:

  • Marcy Johnsen, former board president, who will talk about her having grown up in the log building from 1959 to 1973.
  • Clay Eals, former board president and executive director, who will speak about our campaign in 1994 to secure Alki voter approval of $200,000 for our organization to purchase the building as part of a Metro mitigation project.
  • Carol Vincent, former board president, who will address the successful campaign to raise $875,000 in 1995-1997 to restore the building and before it could open as a museum.
  • John Bennett, longtime supporter, who will talk about the hands-on restoration process of the building itself.
  • Brad Chrisman, former board vice-president, who will detail the museum’s first exhibit, “Alki: Coney Island of the West.”

In a sense, it might seem that our “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum has always been here—certainly in our lifetimes, given that it was built in 1904. 

But while the building itself is 113 years old, it has served as the historical museum for our Duwamish Peninsula for a much shorter span.

Next Saturday, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the museum, which took place with fanfare (and after years of diligent volunteer work) on Thursday, Nov. 13, 1997, the same calendar date as the day on which the founding Alki Landing Party came ashore in 1851.

You will have the opportunity to learn the full story of the establishment of our museum at our 2017 Annual Meeting, slated for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Delridge Library, 5423 Delridge Way SW.

In addition to the regular business (members who are present elect board officers and trustees for 2018 and consider bylaw amendments), we will present a program that covers the museum story.