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This Week Then: Celebrating Filipino American History Month in Washington

Plus: See which National Historic Landmark in Seattle is turning 105

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Filipino Americans This week HistoryLink celebrates Filipino American History Month with a look at some of the men and women who played important roles in shaping their community.  Filipinos first arrived in the Northwest in the late 1800s, but following the Spanish American War many…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: Take a Look Back on the Yakama War

Plus: Revisit Washington's esteemed Nobel Laureates

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Yakama War On October 5, 1855, at Toppenish Creek in present-day Yakima County, shots exchanged between Yakama warriors and U.S. Army troops marked the beginning of the Yakama Indian War. Trouble had begun four months earlier when Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens convened the First Walla…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: How Okanogan Became a Town

Plus: See which Washington colleges are celebrating birthdays this week

The town of Okanogan, WA around 1909.

Alan Stein

This Week Then: The Deadly Spanish Flu Pandemic Came To Seattle 100 Years Ago

Plus: Noteworthy events in the history of military aviation took place in Washington during this week in history

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Deadly Flu One hundred years ago this week, on September 21, 1918, the worldwide “Spanish Flu” pandemic officially arrived in Washington with the report of 11 cases at Camp Lewis. Within two weeks, 700 cases were reported in Seattle, including one death at the University of Washington’s Naval Training Center. Meetings and…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: Celebrating the History of Pike Place Market

Plus: See which Washington cities are celebrating birthdays this week

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Going to Market This week HistoryLink celebrates Seattle’s Pike Place Market, the focus of this year’s HistoryLunch fundraiser. More than a century ago, on August 17, 1907, the market opened after local farmers and shoppers rebelled against “commission men” — distributors who underpaid growers and…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: Back to School in Washington State

Plus: The first newspaper in state history was published this week in 1852

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Back to School This week HistoryLink.org kicks off the new school year with a reminder to students and educators to check out our HistoryLink in the Classroom page, filled with a variety of tips on how to use HistoryLink, with textbook supplements, resources for tribal history, field-trip…

Alan Stein

This Week Then: 50 Years Ago, 20,000 Hippies Converged in Washington for the Sky River Rock Festival

The event featured Santana, Grateful Dead and many more 60s legends. Plus: The time Elvis Presley performed where Bumbershoot will be held this weekend and more from this week in our state's history

This story was originally published at HistoryLink.org. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter. Sky River Rock Fifty years ago this week, on August 30, 1968, hordes of hippies descended on Sultan near the Skykomish River for the Sky River Rock Festival, one of America’s first multi-day, outdoor rock concerts. Over the next three days, approximately 20,000 fun-loving freaks frolicked…

Alan Stein

The History of the Showbox in Seattle

The 79-year-old theater is at risk of being demolished to build a new 44-story residential tower. The Showbox has a rich history in Seattle, going back to the days of Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and "Jumpin' Johnny" Kerns

This article from Historylink.org was published in July 2014. Founded in 1939 as the Show Box, Seattle’s historic Showbox Ballroom (1426 1st Avenue) is one of the town’s very few extant entertainment venues that can lay claim to having provided local music fans such an astonishing breadth of music over the decades. From the Jazz Age…

Peter Blecha