Historic Preservation

For three months beginning in October, the Highline Historical Society will be hosting “Hope in Hard Times,” a major traveling exhibit about the Great Depression era in Washington State. Originally developed by the Washington State History Museum, the traveling exhibit is made possible with the support of Humanities Washington.

In conjunction with the traveling exhibit, historical society curator Nancy Salguero McKay is developing several additional displays that focus on local Depression-era stories from around the Highline area.

Particularly, she would like to hear from anyone who has any knowledge of the Monticello chicken farm in the McMicken Heights area.

She also is interested in gathering 1930s-era artifacts and photos of the Highline area and its residents, and hearing about any special activities or stories from people who lived through those times in Highline.

Contact her at nancysalgueromckay@live.com or call Highline Historical Society director Cyndi Upthegrove at 206-246-6354 if you have something you might like to share or loan for the exhibit.


Press release:

The Highline Historical Society online auction is now open. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways, to restaurant gift certificates, to sports memorabilia signed by the likes of Hank Aaron and Russell Wilson.

If you’re looking for the perfect something for the dad or grad in your life, check out the auction at www.highlinehistory.org. The auction runs until June 2.

Proceeds benefit the Highline Historical Society, which is raising funds to construct the new Highline Heritage Museum


Press release:

One of the most heavily used routes through Highline today is also one of the very oldest roads in Washington state, and it was built by men who achieved the pinnacle of national prominence in their day.

Now the Highline Historical Society is collaborating with three other historical societies in South King County to draw attention to the historical significance of Military Road.

On Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m., the Historical Society is hosting a presentation of “General George Pickett, His Life & Times” at Global Connections High School cafeteria (Tyee campus), 4424 S 188th Street, SeaTac. National Park Service interpretive ranger Michael Vouri will give a lively, one-man performance of Pickett’s life.

Pickett was one of the junior officers sent out to the Pacific Northwest to help build Military Road in the 1850s. Civil War buffs may recognize him as the fellow who, ten years later, led the doomed Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.


I am looking for information about a stonemason who I believe crafted many stone fireplaces from the Burien, Three Tree Point, Seahurst areas all the way to Alki around 1915 and later.

The only information I have is that he was a German gentleman. If you have an older home with the original stone fireplace built in that era, I am trying to get a collection of photographs of his work.

You can contact me and/or send photos to: ttpointer@comcast.net
Thank you,

Sheri Brim

A Sense of Place: In My Garden, Under the Sea – Four Highline Quilt Artists

Press release:

The Highline Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will showcase the work of four outstanding Highline-area quilt artists for two weeks at the end of March.

“A Sense of Place: In My Garden, Under the Sea – Four Highline Quilt Artists” will feature the work of Marie O’Kelley, Carla Stehr, Sonia Grasvik and Linda Johanson.

It will be available for viewing from March 18-29 at the Burien Community Center (14700 6th Avenue SW, Burien) during that facility’s regular open hours. Admission is free.

The exhibit will be curated by Lloyd Herman, a Highline Historical Society board trustee and Director Emeritus of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and by Highline Historical Society curator Nancy Salguero McKay.

The Historical Society seeks a few more volunteers to staff an exhibit information table in 4-hour shifts (3 shifts/day on Monday through Thursday, and 2 shifts on Fridays).


Press release:

Following up on the introductory genealogy classes it offered last year, the Highline Historical Society this spring will be offering an intermediate series of classes in genealogical research.

This three-class series will focus on census records, vital records, immigration records, and passenger lists. Instructors Winona Laird and David Liesse of the South King County Genealogical Society will present lectures on finding and researching these resources, and then will assist students who are pursuing their personal research projects.

Sessions will be held from 1-3 PM on the Saturdays of March 23, March 30, and April 13. Classes will take place in Burien.

Pre-paid registration is required. Requested donation for class is $40/person. Please mail your checks to the Highline Historical Society at PO Box 317, Seahurst, WA 98062.

Your registration in the class will be confirmed.

For more information, visit the Highline Historical Society at http://www.highlinehistory.org.


City of Burien press release:

The Burien Community Center is pleased to present a new exhibit curated by Highline Historical Society intern Colleen Lenahan.

The exhibit “Extraordinary Women of Highline" is an exhibit that showcases the accomplishments of eleven pioneering women from the Highline area.

These women impacted their communities in profound ways, giving back in the form of civic involvement, political progress, education, and the written word.

There have been many incredible women who have contributed to developing the Highline region since pioneer days, and though we cannot celebrate them all in this exhibit, those honored here represent the broad spectrum of achievement of all female Highline leaders.

Colleen is working on her M.A. in Museology at the University of Washington.

The exhibit can be found in the lobby at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. S.W. It will be on display until January 31, 2013. Burien Community Center hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30am-8:00pm and Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.

The Highline Historical Society and Humanities Washington partner to bring author/radio producer Harriet Baskas to highline for free speakers bureau event

Press release:

The Highline Historical Society and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Harriet Baskas, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

This free event takes place Sunday, November 18, 2 PM at Highline School District ERAC (administration building), 15675 Ambaum Boulevard SW, Burien.

About this program
Space restrictions allow most museums to display only about 10 percent of their holdings. However, there are also surprising political, philosophical, artistic, environmental and historic reasons why museums keep objects from view.

Journalist Harriet Baskas will present a fast-paced, photo-filled and, at times, somewhat offbeat tour of Washington history through the stories of museum artifacts that are rarely – or never – shown to the public. Examples include Bing Crosby’s toupees in Spokane, a quilt made of Ku Klux Klan robes in Yakima and Native American spirit boards in Tacoma.

We will explore how these objects came to be in the local collections and who makes decisions about what is displayed or kept from view.

About Harriet Baskaas


The City of Des Moines proudly announces the Grand Opening of the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on July 11, 2012 at 5:00pm.
Located on the shores of Puget Sound this one of a kind facility is available to the public to rent for private events including weddings, reunions, company events and trainings. The Auditorium is 3700 square feet with a 18’ X 25’ built in stage and tiled patio. The facility can accommodate up to 500 people reception seating.
The Beach Park Event Center offers the ideal setting for any event or special occasion. This historic yet contemporary Auditorium boasts stained glass windows, cathedral ceiling and gorgeous exposed wood beams that are true Pacific Northwest style.
• Smilin’ Scandinavians to perform live
• Refreshments provided by Wesley House
• Ribbon will be cut at 6:30 p.m. by the Meyer of Des Moines
• Free event open to the public.
• Tours and additional information available at the event.

City of Des Moines Des Moines Beach Park National Historic District Rehabilitation Overview




The Highline Historical Society, in partnership with Burien Little Theatre, presents Chautauqua actress Joan Wolfberg in "Golda Meir: From Pogrom to Prime Minister" on January 22, 2 PM, at the Burien Little Theatre, 425 S.W. 144th St.

As a child, Golda Meir, knowing the fear of pogroms in Russia, dreamed of a homeland for her people in Palestine. Her dream became a reality in 1921.

Golda's continued commitment to her land and to her people was the paragon of human dedication. Her complete involvement, tempered with love, fired by fierce devotion, and a wonderful sense of humor, caused the world to know that she was a true mover of mountains.

Joan Wolfberg, as Golda, takes the audience from the pogroms of Russia, to Milwaukee, to Denver, to Palestine...and finally to "life in state of our own"...Israel...as Prime Minister.

At the end of this program, Wolfberg will stays n character and answer questions posed to her about Golda, and her life.

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