WOMAD USA

WOMAD USA

WOMAD USA   In Redmond, Washington’s Marymoor Park, not far from Seattle, the WOMAD festival had a home for a few years.  Peter Gabriel’s appreciation of music from other cultures served as a major inspiration for the 1982 launch of World of Music Art and Dance (WOMAD) festival. Read More…

Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition

Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition

In celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal, Seattle hosted the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. This event showcased the city’s progress, featuring exhibits on industry, culture, and technology. It left a lasting impact on Seattle’s urban planning, inspiring the creation of the University of Washington’s campus. A world’s fair known as the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) took…

Anti-Chinese Riots

Anti-Chinese Riots

Chinese people in Seattle experienced prejudice and discrimination as their population increased. Chinese residents were kicked out of the city in 1886 as a result of violent riots that started out as anti-Chinese animosity. This gloomy chapter emphasizes the difficulties marginalized communities had to deal with in the late 19th century. The Seattle Riot of…

Yakima War – Battle of Seattle

Yakima War – Battle of Seattle

Tensions between the native inhabitants and European settlers exploded during the Yakima War. Pioneer Square was fortified with a temporary stockade during the “Battle of Seattle” to provide for its defense. Although the actual conflict was rather small, it served to highlight the difficulties associated with coexistence and territorial expansion.

New York Alki

New York Alki

White settlers arrived in the Seattle area and founded a townsite they initially called New York-Alki by adding a phrase from the Chinook slang meaning “by-and-by.” They quickly relocated a short distance across Elliott Bay to the area that is now known as Pioneer Square, where a safe deep-water harbor was accessible. As a tribute…