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Southwest Seattle Historical Society

Mission: To promote local heritage through education, preservation and advocacy.

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society was founded in 1984 and is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and communicating the legacy of West Seattle, White Center, the Duwamish Peninsula and Seattle's origins. Goals include preserving and landmarking historic buildings within the community, recording oral histories and implementing our heritage education outreach program in local schools.

On November 13, 1997, the Society, after a three year capital campaign opened the doors of the Log House Museum at Alki, Birthplace of Seattle, 3003 61st Ave. SW

The Museum has hosted well over 10,000 visitors since its opening, including 100's of school visits as well as publishing "West Seattle Memories-Alki" based on oral histories and written memoirs from elders in the community which was funded by a City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant.

Category: Arts, Culture & Humanities

Ways To Get Involved: 

They are looking for volunteers to help them with community events, talks, walking tours in the communities of West Seattle, White Center and South Park on the Duwamish Peninsula.

They are also looking for Gala volunteers (their big fundraising event in November), as well as docents for their own museum, the Log House Museum on Alki in Seattle. Those who would like experience working with museum collections also have an opportunity to help.