The first phase of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s “Telling Our Westside Stories” exhibit, with the theme “Land,” was installed from fall 2012 through winter 2014.
Based on oral history interviews and photographs from the society’s collection, “Telling Our Westside Stories” brings to life the stories of ordinary people on the Duwamish Peninsula in the decades after the Alki landing in 1851.
With the “Land” theme, the first phase focused on how residents have interacted with the land and water — the Duwamish Peninsula, Puget Sound, Elliott Bay and the Duwamish River.
The second-phase exhibit, “Work,” opened March 15, 2014. The first focus area for “Work” delved into the history of the Nucor Steel plant. Starting in fall 2014, the second focus area for “Work” was Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, founded by West Seattle civic leader Joe “Daddy” Standley at the turn of the previous century. The exhibit closed in late 2015.
(An interim exhibit, “Keep Clam and Carry On: The Ivar Haglund Story,” ran from January through mid-June 2016.)
The third-phase exhibit, with the theme of “Home,” opened June 18, 2016, with the name “Welcome Home.”
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