Events


  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    History Happy Hour featuring Junius Rochester

    Location: South Tower Conference Rooms in building adjacent to WSJHS Exhibit Gallery, Lower Queen Anne
    Description: Join us for the next History Happy Hour on May 23rd featuring a talk by historian Junius Rochester presenting:
    JEFFERSON’S BIBLE: HOW OUR THIRD PRESIDENT VIEWED CHRISTIANS, JEWS, MUSLIMS AND OTHERS AS PART OF THE NEW NATION.

    Refreshments will be provided. RSVP required for admittance. $5 for WSJHS members, $10 non-members

    More information about the speaker:

    JUNIUS ROCHESTER, a lifelong resident of Seattle, Washington, and graduate of Garfield High School, has a BA from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.

    Junius is the author of ten books: including The Last Electric Trolley, a Seattle history; Seattle’s Best-Kept Secret, a history of the Lighthouse for the Blind; Lakelure: A Tale of Medina, Washington, history of a city; Roots and Branches, the religious heritage of the Pacific Northwest; Thirty Years Over the Top, a history of Scandinavian Airlines System’s polar flights, Seattle-Copenhagen, 1966-1996; Little St. Simons Island on the Coast of Georgia, an informal portrait of the Georgia Barrier Islands; and Charles P. Berolzheimer: Teacher, Linguist, Traveler, Scientist, about the California forest products industry through the life of one its pioneers.

    He has written hundreds of articles for regional and national publications and for seven years was Regional Historian at KUOW-FM, the Pacific Northwest’s National Public Radio affiliate. For the past fifteen years he has given presentations to numerous organizations, including aboard cruise ships in Alaska, the Columbia River, the Intracoastal Waterway (U.S. East Coast), and the Baltic Sea and Scotland/Orkney Islands. Junius is past president of the Pioneer Association of the State of Washington and of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild.

    In 1995, Junius was given a joint Project Award by the Association of King County Historical Organizations and the King County Landmarks and Heritage Commission. In 2006, he received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). Several of his books have been cited for awards. In 2014, Junius was chosen Historian of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild.
    This form stopped accepting submissions on May 23, 2017 1:30 pm PDT.
    Contact Information:
    Paula Podemski
    or call office at 206-774
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    History Happy Hour: Seattle Jewish History-1850's Through WWII

    Location: TBA (downtown Seattle)
    Description: Join us for the next History Happy Hour on August 29th in the WSJHS Exhibit Gallery featuring historian Howard Droker speaking on SEATTLE JEWISH HISTORY: 1850'S THROUGH WWII

    $5 for members, $10 for non-members
    RSVP required for admittance


    About the speaker:

    HOWARD DROKER grew up in Seattle, part of family that now has its 6th generation in the city. He has a Ph.D in History and a J.D., both from the University of Washington and is the author of Seattle's Unsinkable Houseboats (1977) and Family of Strangers: Building a Jewish Community in Washington State (2004). Howard is a founding member of the WSJHS and served in 1981 as the first Jewish Archivist at the University of Washington Library Special Collections.

    Using historic photographs, the presentation tells the story of the first three waves of Jewish Pioneers to Seattle: German-speaking Jews from Central Europe, Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Eastern Europe, and Ladino-speaking Jews from the Ottoman Empire, Turkey and Rhodes. The talk covers the period from the 1850s through the end of the Second World War.
    Contact Information:
    Paula Podemski
    or call office at 206-774
  • Sunday, November 5, 2017
    Location: WSJHS Offices, Lower Queen Anne
    Description: Please join us in celebrating our accomplishments over the past year, sharing our vision for the Society and electing a new Board of Directors.

    The Washington State Jewish Historical Society invites you to the 2017 annual Meeting on Sunday, November 5th, time TBA. The Stan Tobin Lecture series featured speaker will be local historian and author Deb Freedman. The meeting will include board nominations and elections and the Meta Buttnick Award presentation.
    This form will not be available until September 1, 2017 12:00 am PDT.
    Contact Information:
    Lisa Kranseler
    (206) 774-2277