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Project documenting the rich history of Southeast Seattle now complete
Essays, reports, and posters available to the public

June 22, 2012 (SEATTLE, WA)Seattle's Historic Preservation Program recently completed a three-year project to document the rich history of Southeast Seattle. Through a series of posters, essays, and reports prepared by community historians, the project focuses on the era since World War II and looks at the historical roots of the ethnic diversity for which Southeast Seattle is known today. The project combines traditional historic preservation methods, like survey and inventory of historic sites, with community-based research to identify the people, places, events, and policies that shared the post-World War II era in this part of the city.

The Historic Preservation Program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods worked with community partners and historians to develop materials documenting the region defined as the area west of I-5 and south of I-90, including Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, Rainier Valley, Seward Park, Rainier Beach, and the many residential and business districts within those neighborhoods. There were several approaches used to document this area's history:

In addition, there is existing information documented by the Historic Preservation Program which can be found on its webpage, which includes several historic context statements or neighborhood history overviews and a series of historic site surveys.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods' Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 450 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as seven historic districts located throughout the city.

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