Between the Lines: The Power and Parallels of the West Seattle Annexation

During the fight for annexation, many groups struggled to exert their power and influence on the fate of the Duwamish Peninsula. Citizens’ concerns in 1907—saloons, taxation, voter’s rights, and others—mirror similar issues Seattle is dealing with today.

Guest curators Phil Hoffman and Greg Lange searched through city archives and uncovered the untold story of West Seattle Annexation. At the Log House Museum, people can learn about the “Greater Seattle” of the past, and how that past reflects the present and informs the future.

On display, there are maps of West Seattle and surrounding areas that were annexed during the early 1900s as a way to create a “Greater Seattle.” In the exhibit, there will also be documents showcasing the debate around saloons, transportation, and much more. Visitors will also have a chance to write a postcard to their local government. Funded partially through a grant generously provided by 4Culture, this thought-provoking exhibit shows visitors that history can and will repeat itself.

Guest curated by Phil Hoffman and Greg Lange
Partial funding provided by 4Culture

On view: August 18, 2019 to summer 2020


Now you can view this timely exhibit from the comfort of your home! Below you can click through the panels of the exhibit. Want to go deeper? Read the original research that inspired this exhibit at: https://alkihistoryproject.com/manuscripts-presentations-and-research-articles/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed/


The Log House Museum is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4pm. Face coverings are still required in the Log House Museum for all visitors age 5 and older regardless of vaccination status.