Gift Shop


“Glass from the Past”: Three commemorative globes hand-made and -etched in West Seattle!

Looking for a unique gift for any time of year for that special person who has connections to West Seattle and the Duwamish peninsula? We are pleased to provide the first three in a series of brand-new “Glass from the Past” globes that were debuted at our 2016 Champagne Gala Brunch. The globes depict the Alki Lighthouse (a blue globe), the Admiral Theater (a red globe) and our museum (a green globe). Each is $40, and a full set is $120. They make great gifts for year-round display and support a great cause — promoting our heritage! To purchase one or more “Glass from the Past” globes, stop by our “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum during the open hours of noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. (Big thanks for our partnership on this with Avalon Glassworks and Lucky Dime Design.)

$40.00/globe — $120 for the full set





Apron Strings: Recipes and Recollections from the Duwamish Peninsula

2014 10-02 Apron Strings cookbook47042iFor any time of year and for a unique holiday gift, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society has released a home-grown cookbook. Apron Strings: Recipes and Recollections from the Duwamish Peninsula is a 180-page paperback with 114 recipes from 49 local residents. Stories accompany many of the recipes, and the book is laced with 16 photos from the historical society’s archive. Editors of the cookbook are three longtime members of the historical society: Dayle Banks, Joey Richesson (former board secretary) and Joan Stover (former board treasurer). The cover features a colorful, quilted vintage apron from Merrilee Hagen, past president of the historical society. Click here for more info.





Seattle Coloring Book — for kids from 8 to 88

2015 09-10 Seattle coloring book6iLRFrom Methow Valley artist Mary Kay Johnson, this fanciful Seattle Coloring Book has 16 pages of images for creative embellishment. She put the book together after she and other female cousins got together for an annual camp-out in a forest in the Pacific Northwest and began coloring scenes with marker pens and colored pencils. The book “depicts some of my favorite places to visit in and around Seattle” and is printed on paper sturdy enough to frame and hang. For more info click here.



Shipwreck Honey — made in West Seattle near Alki Beach

Shipwreck HoneyWe are stocking honey from Daniel Sullivan, a beekeeper in the Alki neighborhood. Next time you’re in the area, why not stop in and take some local honey home with you? We have one-pound jars for $15 and mini-Honey Bear containers for $3. Check out Shipwreck Honey’s website.

$15 for a jar, $3 for a mini-Honey Bear





Memory Book Projects

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and the Log House Museum are diligently collecting and preserving the history of early West Seattle through the personal recollections of our community’s seniors.

Publications are available now at the Gift Shop at the Log House Museum!


All Aboard for Luna Park 

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by Patricia Filer. Between 1907 and 1913, visitors were drawn to Luna Park in West Seattle, the “Coney Island of the West.EThis history of the park includes over 40 photos, postcards, advertisements, and other images. 45 pages.




West Seattle Memories — Alki

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by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. This Memory Book is a unique collection of charming historic remembrances. It was written by a group of community elders through an organized Museum program called the Long-Timers. One-of-a-kind photographs of the early Alki Beach community highlight the stories and descriptions of a simpler lifestyle. 44 pages.



Memories of Southwest Seattle Businesses 

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by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. This is a visual reminder of early West Seattle and White Center businesses, as recalled by the members of the Log House Museum’s Longtimers Program.




West Side Story: The History of West Seattle and White Center

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by the West Seattle Herald/White Center News. This comprehensive history of Southwest Seattle was compiled and written by the staff of the local West Seattle Herald/White Center News using newspaper archives and extensive community research. Contains more than 200 photos, maps and historical advertisements. Copyright 1987. Now with a complete index, which you can access by clicking here.



Images of America: West Seattle

by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society

The idea of a big city named New York Alki began in 1851 with the arrival of the Bell, Low, Denny, Boren, and Terry families on a Puget Sound shore. Since that rough beginning, logging, farming, shipbuilding, fishing, steel manufacturing, trolleys, and bridges have shaped the area’s people and built communities. Beaches on Puget Sound and a river leading inside the country have defined the Duwamish Peninsula. In 1907, long having discarded the misfit name New York, the town of West Seattle was annexed into Seattle. Being the largest landmass annexed to Seattle brought advantages while West Seattle’s neighborhood distinction and independent spirit remained.


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