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 is 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 now available at your favorite bookstore!

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.

Also check out our associated online exhibit, Seattle at 150, featuring images and text from the book.

Upcoming Events

  • SMA archivists and HistoryLink writers will be at the Seattle Public Library's Central Library for a panel discussion about the stories and objects featured in Seattle at 150 on Wednesday, December 4th at 6pm. Find more information on SPL's event page here.

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

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