Seattle at 150

The City of Seattle Celebrates 150 Years: 1869-2019

On December 2, 1869, Seattle was officially incorporated by the Legislative Assembly of Washington Territory, making 2019 the City of Seattle's sesquicentennial year! 

Seattle at 150 

To celebrate the City's 150th anniversary, Seattle Municipal Archives and the Office of the City Clerk have partnered with HistoryLink to produce a new book exploring the history of the City from 1869 to 2019, told through stories of objects held in the archives. The book will be rich with photos, maps, documents, and other unique archival objects, each one telling a small story. Together, they illustrate key themes in Seattle's history through time. 

Seattle at 150 cover image

The book is in production and will be available by early November. In the meantime, we hope to see you at these community events and exhibits!

Events and Exhibits

  • Currently on display now through December are selected images from the Seattle at 150 book and other highlights from SMA's collections at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery on the Level 3 Concourse. Free and open to the public!
  • SMA will be participating in SDOT's PARK(ing) Day on Friday, September 20th from 9am - 3pm. Stop by for activities and displays, to learn more about Seattle at 150, and to get your own #Seattle150 buttons, stickers, magnets, coasters, and postcards featuring images from the archives. Look for us in the University District PARK(ing) Day cluster, near 42nd St.
  • Stop by our booth at Live in D5 at Hubbard Homestead Park on September 28th from 1-4pm. Pick up some Seattle 150 swag, try your hand at Seattle history trivia, and learn more about the archives! 
  • Join us on October 30th from 10am - 2pm for an Archives Fair in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall. Visit display booths from several different archives in the Seattle area, chat with archivists from a variety of institutions, and get a preview of the Seattle at 150 book. At noon, UW professor Jeffrey Shulman will discuss local archives in the context of making his recent documentary film On the Brink.
  • Planning is in the works for a Seattle history trivia night - stay tuned! 

This page will be updated with more information as it becomes available. Follow us on Instagram for updates and highlights from the book!

Questions? Ask an archivist!