Heritage

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…

A look at the mountains and rivers moved to build Seattle

Seattle has tried all kinds of civic symbols: Chief Seattle’s profile, salmon, Mt. Rainier. Author David B. Williams’ new book, Too High and Too Steep,…

Coon Lake: Park Service under pressure to change racist name

Political pressure is mounting to get the federal government to change the name of a lake in the North Cascades that is likely a racist…

Death of a clown bar: The fight to save Shorty’s

We emerged from the restaurant, a successful date night almost complete. Around us, Belltown’s usual Friday night crowd was in full effect. The human subgenre known…

Remembering the West Coast’s ugly anti-immigrant era

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. Led by Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidates are…

What Ivar Haglund could teach us now

Last week, I went out to the Nordic Heritage Museum with KUOW producer David Hyde and we walked through the new exhibit about Seattle’s legendary…

Atomic bomb survivors: A quest for peace

Today marks 70 years since the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today people around the globe will memorialize the occasion, including in Seattle at Green Lake from 6 to 9 p.m.…

Footprints in the NW sand: Perhaps 13,000 years old

Fats Domino was famously "walking to New Orleans." No one knows where the people who left footprints on British Columbia's Calvert Island were walking. They…

Push begins for America’s next National Heritage Area

Winding hiking trails, glistening mountain lakes, and tree-covered valleys that give way to rugged peaks and patches of snow. This is all part of the…

EMP: Chronicler of Seattle’s pop roots

EMP is more or less Seattle’s ultimate package — a chronicler of past rock ‘n’ roll and an encyclopedia of present popular culture, all in…

Inslee wants tribal reburial for Kennewick Man

Gov. Jay Inslee wants the 8,500-year-old Kennewick Man remains returned to several Inland Northwest tribes for burial. On Tuesday, Inslee sent a letter to the…

Mystery of the 8,500-year-old Washington bones solved?

Native American tribes and Western scientists often have had a contentious relationship, but a new article in the journal Nature has brought tribal members and…

Mossback does Milan’s Expo 2015

The “selfie” makes a perfect metaphor for a world’s fair: an event where the nations of Earth gather to show off what they know, and…

Survival of the richest: priced out of Seattle

An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling to…

Why everywhere is “The next South Lake Union”

South Lake Union is an urbanist bright spot, a soulless scourge and a popular meme. Seattleites have mixed feeling about what has been wrought there.…