Heritage

Saving the language that brought us ‘Seattle’

For several hours each day, Amber Hayward slips out of English, her first language, and into Lushootseed, the Native American language that gave Seattle, Tacoma,…

‘Jim Crow’ no more in Washington

All of the "Jim Crow" names on Washington state’s map could be erased before the end of this year. On May 19, the state’s Committee…

Hanford’s diverse human history deserves to be told

In late April, the Seattle city council unanimously supported the designation of the Stonewall Inn in New York City as a national monument commemorating the gay…

Whitman College ditches Missionaries mascot — part of a fresh look at the West

I recently returned from a 3,500-mile road trip through the American West. By western standards, that’s a jaunt: seven states, multiple national parks, Indian reservations…

How Amazon’s ‘Man in the High Castle’ launched me into a dark Seattle chapter

Many readers have asked me what my inspiration was for digging into Seattle’s Nazi past. Most seemed to assume it had to do with Donald…

A Northwest outdoorsman, a Nazi sympathizer

Sixth in a series Pearl Harbor changed everything for America’s Nazi sympathizers. German diplomats had been expelled from the U.S. earlier in 1941. In the…

UW flips city the bird over historic preservation

The showdown between the University of Washington and the City of Seattle over the city’s landmarks ordinance, and whether it applies to the UW campus,…

Seattle’s working women of World War II: An oral history

How the future of women in the workplace was shaped in Puget Sound

The Nazis’ last days in the Northwest

This is the fifth in a special series about the forgotten history of Nazis in the Northwest. The series starts here. Fritz Wiedemann is “probably the…

Did Seattle’s mayor give a Hitler salute?

This is the fourth in a special series about the forgotten history of Nazis in the Northwest. The series starts here. “[T]he mayor was up there and…

Nazi thugs and spies raised alarms on the West Coast

This is the third in a special series about the forgotten history of Nazis in the Northwest. The series starts here. “If anybody doesn’t like the…

How the Nazis charmed Seattle

This is the second in a special series about the forgotten history of Nazis in the Northwest. Read Part 1 here. “[B]e proud, all of…

When Nazis walked the streets of Seattle

“There is no organized mistreatment of Jews in Germany.” -- Seattle Times editorial, March 28, 1933 In 1936, a heroic University of Washington crew team…

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


During World War I, a local woman was “found guilty of thinking”

The times of Louise Olivereau, Seattle’s World War I radical.

What’s in a name? Further reflections on Puget Sound

My recent story on how a “the” seems to keep cropping up in front of the name “Puget Sound” generated a good deal of comment.…

Heritage Turkeys of the Year: Was 2015 a taste of things to come?

Another year, another Golden Age for Heritage Turkeys in the Pacific Northwest. For this seventh annual round-up, it’s time to reflect on some of the failures…

Best of 2015: In a time of world wars, June Burn forged a life of adventure and simplicity


Best of 2015: Atomic bomb survivors on a quest for peace

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…

In today’s headlines, echoes of our fascist past

This is the second of a two-part series about fascism in the Northwest during the 1920s and '30s. Read part 1 here. In 1936,William Dudley…

The Northwest’s uneasy relationship with fascism

“Fascism cannot be explained only in terms of fanaticism, the history of the places where it gains a lodging must be taken into account.” —Northwest…

Police reform in a city known for police corruption

It’s a lesson we’re still learning. Under the watchful eye of the U.S. Justice Department, Seattle is still trying to reform a police department accused…

In a time of world wars, June Burn forged a life of adventure and simplicity


Never-before-seen image of JFK’s motorcade through Seattle World’s Fair

In 1962, Seattle hosted a world's fair, the future-looking Century 21 Exposition. The idea was to put Seattle on the map as a launching point…

Local indigenous peoples gather to reconcile history on Columbus Day

Dressed in traditional garb, adorned with drums, and enjoying a meal of salad and fry bread at Seattle City Hall, the First Nation peoples celebrated…