October 2018

Historical Society Gala is set for Saturday Nov. 3; Tickets still available

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is looking forward to seeing supporters and community members this coming Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11 am at Salty’s on Alki. The special guests this year are Paul Dorpat & Jean Sherrard of the Seattle Times “Pacific NW Magazine” column, “Seattle Now & Then,” which, each week, features an historical photo of a building or place in Seattle matched with the modern photo taken by Jean Sherrard from the same vantage point, and coupled with the poetic language and wit that Paul Dorpat has been famous for, for over 37 years.

The Gala marks one of the very first public appearances by the pair with their newly-released book, “Seattle Now & Then: The Historic Hundred.” Connie Thompson of KOMO4 will provide an insightful interview of the pair, and at the end of the event Paul & Jean will sell and sign a copies of their book.


Are YOU Prepared for Landslides? Wet weather is approaching

information from the City of Seattle

 Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of November and March? As rainfall continues to increase throughout the fall, the threat of landslides will continue to rise this winter.

Landslide season is upon us, so the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.


Making Seattle a better place

By Jean Godden

I'm late to the memorial for the late Paul Allen, but I would be sadly remiss if I didn't add to the many tributes. Allen, who died at 65 on Oct. 15, was a true Seattleite who, quite simply, made this city and the world a better place.

It is difficult to get one's arms around all reasons we have to be grateful for what we owe this brilliant and warm-hearted man. In reflecting on what he gave us, it helps to look back to his teen years at Lakeside School when he and fellow student Bill Gates got their start in computing, working from a school teletype terminal. Their work was subsidized by a bake sale.