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From Uwajimaya to internment and back again

This story is part of KCTS 9’s immigration series Borders & Heritage. Throughout its history, the United States has been a home to immigrants from…

Like democracy? Invest in heritage groups

I’m feeling liberated about what I write these days. I’ve heard from the highest sources in the land that it is now okay to present…

Art buffs vs. park preservationists — can we all get along?

Seattle’s Volunteer Park, one of the city’s signature gems, has become a development battleground. Such fights in Seattle frequently pit developers against preservationists, but the…

How a video game is keeping native culture alive

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Since its launch in 2014, Never Alone, the first video game drawing on Indigenous culture, has been…

As African Americans leave Seattle, black churches hang on by a thread

If you’d told Pastor Reggie Witherspoon in 1987, back when he first heard the call of God to start a place of worship, that one…

Belles of the wrecking ball: Meet 2016’s Heritage Turkeys

For 2016, here’s a “basket of deplorables": our annual collection of failures, crimes and bad behavior when it comes to protecting — or rather, not…

Best of 2016: The roots of Seattle’s homeless crisis

This is the first in a three-part series about the region’s homelessness crisis. In the middle of the night on March 20, 1970, an arsonist…

Mossback mania: Knute Berger’s best columns of 2016

As a newcomer to Seattle not very long ago, I asked around for suggestions on what I should read that would help me get my head…

Best of 2016: An eviction in Ballard

“I would never sell this place,” my landlord assured me last summer. “Even though I get calls from developers every week.” His wife agreed, shaking…

Best of 2016: Born a slave, Emma Ray was the saint of Seattle’s slums

It was the 1890s, and a series of underground tunnels and cellars existed beneath Gold Rush-era Seattle, a result of the city’s relentless leveling of…

Courts rule on future of Pioneer Square, Olympic National Park

Two recent legal decisions have notched significant wins for heritage and historic preservation in both wild and urban settings in the Pacific Northwest. One will…

The strange case of the Northwest’s Native American Nazi

He was a Native American from Oregon who called himself “Chief Red Cloud,” and he cut an impressive figure. In the late 1930s, he appeared…

Underfoot at Pike Place: Big names and oddball history

Pike Place Market is familiar to us all, yet full of surprises. According to the Market’s last annual report, the Market Foundation served 59,000 meals…

How Seattle stopped a freeway, and may gain a monument

Maybe’s it’s an “only in Seattle” type of story, but for years citizen activists have been trying to get the state to preserve a small…

George Washington owned slaves. Should we rename the state?

Our American legacy of slavery and racism is being wrestled with everywhere. We’ve gone from demanding removal of the Confederate flag to rethinking the Star…

True grit: Alice Lord demanded respect for working women — and won

When Alice Lord arrived to Seattle from New York around 1892, she and her husband were joining the flood of newcomers drawn to the western…

One woman’s quest to see all 59 national parks

Could this really be it? Going to work, staring into a computer screen for hours every day so I could have health insurance and pay…

Can ghosts save Colfax?

Editor's note: Crosscut columnist Knute Berger has been examining the challenges facing Washington's rural communities, even in the middle of a boom for urban areas.…

From the mean streets to the national parks

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Shelton Johnson is the Michael Jordan among people of color engaged in the outdoors. He is the…

Funeral for a piece of Seattle’s atomic past

How do you lay a landmark to rest? Holding a wake is one idea. Advocates of the saving More Hall Annex, aka the Nuclear Reactor Building,…

As Seattle booms, we’re trashing our history

A version of this column appeared in the July issue of Seattle Magazine. It has been updated. The annual list of “most endangered” historic properties…

Is there ancient treasure to be found on our coasts?

The Oregon coast is encrusted with vacationers this time of year, many of them beach combing for items ranging from Japanese fishing floats and tsunami…

True story: Trump’s family roots in Seattle

America is the land of opportunity for all, immigrant or native born. Work hard, get a little lucky, and even a simple barber can lay…

Wildlife refuge renamed for Native American leader

This story originally appeared on KCTS9/EarthFix. Top Northwest officials and a member of President Obama’s cabinet will gather Tuesday for the renaming of a wildlife…

He stole $200K and leapt from a plane. Where is D. B. Cooper?

One way to kill a mystery is to stop trying to solve it. If we stopped looking for Bigfoot, the Northwest wilds would lose some…