Free event!

March 16, 2021 at 2pmvia Zoom 

The City of Port Townsend, Washington stands on the site of qatáy, the “capital” of the S’Klallam Tribe in 1855 when the Treaty of Point-No-Point was signed. In 2021, the 150th anniversary of the government-sanctioned burning of the village in 1871, the Port Townsend community and the S’Klallam Tribes continue to build partnerships and work collaboratively on projects that help us not only acknowledge and understand our history but to answer the important questions, “How Can I be an Ally?” and “Where do we go from here?” 

This panel will discuss the čičməhán Trail project, “Since Time Immemorial” curriculum, Tribal Canoe Journey landings, and the impact that recent archaeological discoveries have made in Port Townsend. While acknowledging there is much work left to be done, we hope to use these projects as examples of how to engage with your community and foster positive change, education, and respect. 

Moderator –
David Brownell
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Panelists –
Loni Greninger
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Laura Price
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Stormy Purser
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Celeste Dybeck
čičməhán Trail Team, QUUF Native Connections Action Group; Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Elder
Lys Burden
čičməhán Trail Team, QUUF Native Connections Action Group

Women’s History Month Celebrations

March is Women’s History Month! Check out these programs and exhibits celebrating the multi-faceted experience of being a woman in King County and beyond.

• Comic Book Reality: Superheroes and the Power of Representation | March 11, 6:00pm, Free Online Event. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society presents Humanities Washington lecturer T. Andrew Wahl speaking on how everything from social movements to business concerns to changing demographics have shaped the reality seen in the pages of comics.
• Iconic Black Women: Ain’t I A Woman | Ongoing, Free Online Exhibit. The Northwest African American Museum presents a celebration of over 25 impactful Black women in a collection of vibrant portraits by artist and entrepreneur Hiawatha D. 
• Objects of Pride: Missing and Finding Community Connections | March 23, 6:30pm, Free Online Event. MOHAI and KCLS present an evening with local guests as they share their own stories through objects that inspire memories of their experiences in the LGBTQ+ community.
• Where Beauty Lies | In-Person Exhibit, Free with Admission. The Wing Luke will open its doors to in-person visits again stating March 5. Its newest exhibit Where Beauty Lies examines the complicated history, culture, industry, psychology, and politics of beauty from the Asian Pacific American perspective.
• What Difference Do Renton Women Make? | Ongoing, Free Online Exhibit. Renton History Museum presents an exhibit that explores the ways in which Renton women have defied narrow expectations and shaped the city in important ways throughout history.

The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award seeks nominations for the 2021 award.

The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs. The individual’s or institution’s contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work. Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond.

Recent winners include:

  • 2020: Brad Pomerance, CJ Eastman AND Council of Independent Colleges’ Humanities Research for the Public Good Program
  • 2019:  Tempestt Hazel AND The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva)
  • 2018: Yvonne Lewis Holley AND Brad Meltzer
  • 2017: Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI)
  • 2016: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow


Nominees must be from outside the archives profession.

Individuals involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

Nomination Requirements:

A completed nomination form.

Sponsor and Funding:

Established in 1989, the award honors J. Franklin Jameson, a noted American historian, former president of the American Historical Association, and long-time advocate for the establishment of a U.S. National Archives. The award is funded by the Society of American Archivists Foundation. Up to three awards may be given each year.


A plaque.

Submission Deadline:

All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28, 2021

For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to

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February is Black History Month

Celebrate Black history in our region with these great programs from throughout King County!

 • A Night at the Opera: Celebrating Black Voices | February 13, 6:30-8:00pm,$40 Live, Drive-In Event. Northwest African American Museum and Seattle Opera present an evening of performances from contemporary Black singers. The featured voices range from soprano to baritone, and the performance pieces highlight and celebrate Black history.

• “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke” with Jeffery Stewart | February 18, 6:00-7:30pm, $5 Virtual Program. Town Hall Seattle presents Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Professor Jeffrey Stewart and NAAM’s LaNesha DeBardelaben in this thought-provoking conversation about Alan Locke, a man who became known as the Father of the Harlem Renaissance.

• The First 30 Days: Black Futures on Black History | February 20, 5:00pm,Free Virtual Program. NAAM hosts a virtual conversation with local youth to hear their perspectives on Black history, Black futures, and their community work as Black youth in this new era.

• When History Is Your Story | February 24, 6:30pm,Free Virtual Program. Presented by the Black Heritage Society of Washington State with MOHAI. Hear from community members inspired by moments from local Black history that impact their present lives.

 • History Collective: Central District | February 25, 5:30-6:30pm,Free Virtual Program. Historic Seattle, in partnership with HistoryLink, will explore the lessons from the past that are informing the future of Seattle’s Black Community in the Central District and beyond.

 • From Migration to Mark Making: George Bush, Jacob Lawrence, and the Impact of Black Pioneers in Washington State | February 25, 6:00-7:00pm,Free Virtual Program. NAAM, in partnership with WSHS, presents a lively conversation with Jacob Lawrence scholars and museum experts.

 • Celebrating Buffalo Soldiers & Negro League Baseball | February 25, 6:30pm,Free Virtual Program. The Buffalo Soldiers Museum (Tacoma) presents this panel conversation honoring the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers and Negro League contributions to American baseball history.

• Black Imagination: Sites of Power | Online Exhibition. Seattle-based conceptual artist Natasha Marin and director Jay O’Leary Woods explore the power of Black voices during a global pandemic.

Online event: Storytelling for Justice

On behalf of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we are pleased to invite you to our next virtual conversation:

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Storytelling for Justice: How Libraries and Archives Hold History to Account An Online Event

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

5:00 PM ET (2:00 PM PT)

Mellon Foundation President Dr. Elizabeth Alexander will lead a wide-ranging conversation with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla D. Hayden, UCLA Professor/Project Director, Million Dollar Hoods Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernández, and Liberatory Memory Worker and PhD candidate of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University Jarrett Martin Drake. The panelists will discuss how libraries and archives are both empowering underrepresented communities and advocating for increased representation of marginalized stories and experiences in our country’s historical record.

Join us as we learn about the power and potential of these memory institutions to confront race, policing, and mass incarceration, to foster equity of access and participation, and to educate and train the next generation of librarians, archivists, and activists.

We hope you will attend this engaging conversation and Q&A.