Southwest Seattle Historical Society 


The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, founded in 1984, is dedicated to education, preservation and advocacy for the Duwamish peninsula, including West Seattle and White Center. In 1995, a 1904 log building built as a carriage house was purchased by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, restored and converted into its storefront, the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum. The museum has been open since November 13, 1997, the 146th anniversary of the landing of the Alki party on AIki’s beach. The landscaping is all done with native planting. A granite and marble donor circle adorns the courtyard in tribute to the many people and organizations helping to make this heritage project an award-winning facility and community treasure.

Mission Statement
To promote heritage within our local community through education, preservation and advocacy.
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Southwest Seattle Historical Society
3003 61st Ave SW 
(206) 938-5293 

Clay Eals 
Executive Director 


Southwest Seattle Historical Society Programs

Our Log House Museum is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Visitors explore two exhibit galleries, talk with trained docents and view  history videos. Tours are available to school and community groups upon request. We offer a popular summer history walking tour series and sponsor or co-sponsor many community events. Education trunks and books are available for borrowing by education institutions or teachers.

Our collection comprises thousands of items ranging from photographs and documents to artifacts both small (such as hundreds of decorated paper bags from luminaries created spontaneously and left on Alki Beach in the days following 9/11) and large (an original Statue of Liberty replica and original totem pole, both West Seattle icons).

In 1989, we led the successful, grassroots effort to secure Seattle city landmark status for the 1942 art-deco Admiral Theater, which has operated continuously since its repurchase and reopening in 1992. In 1996, we secured Seattle city landmark status for the 1904 log structure called Fir Lodge/Alki Homestead and its companion Carriage House, which has become our museum. Since 2009, when a fire damaged the Alki Homestead, our organization has forged a coalition with Historic Seattle, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and 4Culture to promote and provide hands-on help to the owner for restoration of the Alki Homestead.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Our "Telling Our Westside Stories" campaign and exhibit, which brings alive the memories of community elders from interviews conducted by area middle-schoolers and whose traveling version reaches residents at area libraries and schools, focuses on a theme of "The Land." This campaign and exhibit will continue in 2013 and 2014 with exploration of the ancillary themes of "The Work" and "The Home."      

We also have embarked on the restoration of an iconic West Seattle totem pole that stood from 1966 for 40 years at Belvidere Viewpoint. We are partway through the campaign of raising funds to complete this project, which will culminate with the raising of the pole at our Log House Museum. We envision completing the campaign through the help of partner companies, organizations and individuals.


Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

10/5/2006 $5,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/17/2004 $5,000.00support general operating expenses of the Log House Museum.


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