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The New Burke Museum is a world to behold — literally

When the new, $99-million Burke Museum of Natural History opens in late 2019, it will be a visual spectacle. Passersby on the sidewalk at the…

After Jayapal, are South Asian women about to reshape local politics?

Update after November election results below. Just weeks after Pramila Jayapal became the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, she…

Is local history too white?

If you travel the state and visit local historical societies, you’ll notice that “history” tends to begin with the arrival of white settlers and extend…

Nostalgia: Remembering the Sonics on their 50th anniversary

Half a century ago today, Seattle’s first professional sports franchise, the Seattle Supersonics, played its first regular season game. The basketball team lost 144-116 October…

A high school graduation decades in the making

Mary Matsuda Gruenewald beams at the crowd in her emerald cap and gown. At the age of 92, amongst the Vashon High School graduating class…

The Vietnam War: Seattle man recalls his story as a Vietnamese officer

Before coming to the United States, Kim Pham was an officer in South Vietnam's army during the Vietnam War. Here is his story, as told to his daughter…

Why am I a threat?

One day last fall, a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Lassana Magassa disappeared from his job with Delta Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.…

Hey hey, ho ho, has that Lenin statue got to go?

In the wake of Charlottesville and President Donald Trump's coddling of white supremacists, there is renewed controversy over Fremont’s second worst piece of public art…

Can the Ethiopian community hang on in Seattle?

While the Rainier Beach neighborhood has long been a thriving center for Ethiopian Americans in Seattle, many community members are worried about preserving connections amid…

National parks’ future could be in Pioneer Square

It's a time of year when many of us are off in Washington's biggest national parks: Rainier, Olympic, North Cascades. But a small park unit…

Local Japanese Americans remember their imprisonment during WWII

This story originally appeared on KCTS9.org. Kay Sakai Nakao looks out at the shore from the back porch of her Bainbridge Island  home. She has…

The real threat to Seattle’s ‘hottest neighborhood’ — it’s not drive-bys

Much ado has been made about a column by Seattle Times writer Nicole Brodeur about Columbia City in which she appeared to judge the neighborhood’s…

In a rapidly-changing city, can KeyArena save its charm?

Historic preservation is unpredictable in Seattle, and it’s never been a sure thing with sports facilities. The site of classic Sicks’ Stadium is a Lowe’s…

Pike Place Market gets a front porch for the future

The last piece of Pike Place Market is starting to fall into place. The new development, the MarketFront, will eventually connect to the waterfront, touching down…

‘SlaughterTown’: Ghosts of a traumatized NW landscape

Can landscapes become imbued with historic trauma? And if so, can they pass it along? Is there an example here in Puget Sound country? Those…

Poor gargoyles. We’re smashing Seattle’s history as we build

A very bad thing just happened in terms of historic preservation in Seattle. The long-expected demolition of the old Seattle Center Arena started across Speight…

A critical exhibit in this time of Trump

The Year of Remembrance: Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner exhibit opens with a video image of a face — your face. Text below asks the…

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…