War on the Homefront: An Oral History Project

Over the past year, staff at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society have conducted a series of oral histories with the West Seattle High School classes of 1944 and 1945. The purpose was to document the impact of WWII on the youth of West Seattle.

We had hoped to have a pop-up exhibit at the all-school reunion at WSHS this month. However, the reunion was canceled due to the pandemic.

So, we are bringing you a mini-online exhibit of War on the Homefront. Click through the panels below for a glimpse of the rich stories our wonderful participants shared with us. We look forward to creating a more robust exhibit at the museum in the future.


War on the Homefront oral history project was made possible by a grant from 4-Culture and the UW Museology Internship Program. Thank you to all of our participants, the West Seattle High School Alumni Association, and intern Gloria Yates!

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Due to the increase of Covid-19, the museum is CLOSED. We apologize for the inconvenience, check our website for updates regarding reopening.