New grant, new intern, & look what we found!

March 11th, 2016

Hi! I’m Cameo, the newest collections intern for Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Part of my internship involves surveying the off-site collections held at South Seattle College. The survey will allow us to better care for the collections, but also lets us discover cool stuff.Kale_Cameo

We came across this beautiful porcelain bowl and wanted to share it with you all! According to our records, the bowl belonged to a Chinese cook working at the Alki Stockade Hotel in the early 1900s. The cook acquired the bowl in China around 1904. He later presented it to Ethel Kelsey as a gift during her stay at the hotel between 1914 and 1922. The pictures of the hotel are also in our collections.
Bowl, top viewBowl, side viewBowl, rehoused
Part of the survey process can involve basic rehousing of objects. Instead of the wads of tissue that were previously surrounding the bowl, we used archival ethafoam to secure the bowl without applying too much pressure on its sides.

Print, Stockage Hotel music room

Music room at the Stockade Hotel

Print, Stockade Hotel

The Stockade Hotel, once located on Alki Beach, was also built on the site of the original pioneer cabin from the Alki landing party in 1851

Print, Stockade Hotel July 4th

July 4th, Stockade Hotel