SoCoCulture Magazine

Salish Modern – Innovative Art with Ancient Roots

White River Valley Museum Dates: Now through 12/17/2017 Salish Modern spotlights contemporary pieces inspired by Coast Salish Native traditions. Kenneth (Greg) Watson guest curates; he has brought together artwork borrowed from galleries, museums, artists and... Read more...

Venerable local bonsai donated to Pacific Bonsai Museum

Oriental Garden Center co-owners David Asahara and Joan Bloedel are donating their signature bonsai tree to the Pacific Bonsai Museum as a legacy of their late father Joe Asahara. Their uncle, Kenneth Hikogawa, was a master carpenter who is known as the mentor to the... Read more...

Reading with Colors

by Paul T. Jackson A first grade teacher, Mrs. Barbara Laws… was experimenting with colors. Some of her most disruptive students who had difficulty reading found using color overlays improved their attention and reading. She had discovered the book, Reading by... Read more...

Federal Way teachers made history in 1974

by Chris Green From August 29 to September 17, 1974, teachers in Federal Way were on strike. It was the first public school teacher’s strike in the history of King County. Public school teachers in Washington state had only been granted the right to organize unions... Read more...

Three summer poems by Renton poet Kiana Davis

Under a Summer Sun When I need to escape the elusive grace of butterfly wings haunt my memories and for an instant I am a little girl again under a summer sun spending hour evading my mother so I could run through an abandoned field and fill my jelly jar with the... Read more...

Ribbon-cutting for a unique Kent neighborhood

by Zachary E. Van Tassel, Greater Kent Historical Society On Saturday, August 8, at 1 PM, the Mill Creek Neighborhood will host a unique ribbon-cutting event on the corner of Temperance Street and Jason Avenue North in Kent. Late last year, the neighborhood was... Read more...

Good neighbors build great gates

by James Daly and Greg Bartol If you are one who recognizes great organizations when you see them, then you know that two of them are near each other on Lea Hill in Auburn. Naturally, when Soos Creek Botanical Garden (SCBG) needed a gate to span their large entry,... Read more...

Auburn PAC to get long-needed upgrades

by Pam L. Smith, managing director, Auburn School District Theatres One of South King County’s busiest performance halls is shutting its doors – but only temporarily. Hosting over 300 events a year, the 1100-seat Auburn Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of... Read more...

Duwamish pioneer served in Civil War militia

by Pat Brodin, Tukwila Historical Society Although the Civil War was under way on the eastern side of the nation which seemed far away from the Pacific Northwest, the conflict had coursed its way through the Washington Territory. Vast numbers of military personnel... Read more...

Trace Des Moines history via heritage trail

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture administrator Historical photographs provided courtesy of Des Moines Historical Society  The Des Moines Beach Park Heritage Trail is a stroll back through time. The Des Moines Historical Society, with support from 4Culture, has... Read more...

Memorial Day exhibit

Kent Historical Museum Now through 6/30/2012 An exhibit honoring the service men and women from the greater Kent area. The Museum received many photos last year and hopes to double the amount for this year’s exhibit. Look in those old and new photo albums and share... Read more...

Museums and students – changing minds together

by Elizabeth P. Stewart How connected do young people feel to the past? That was one of the things we set out to learn when we began planning for our current exhibit, Two By Two: Students Reinterpret Renton History. Thanks to our partnership with Renton High Language... Read more...

Ground penetrating radar at the Saar Pioneer Cemetery

Story and photos by Karen Bouton, SKCGS Saar Cemetery Project Coordinator In late 2004, the Saar Pioneer  Cemetery was dark, gloomy, and horribly overgrown with blackberries and ivy.  One could barely determine it was a burial place for many of the Kent area pioneers.... Read more...

Reflections on 9/11

by Barbara McMichael, SoCoCulture administrator The ripple effects of 9/11/2001 have extended across the miles and through time.  This point was driven home to me last week as I listened to a flight attendant recount her memories of that terrible day a decade ago when... Read more...