SoCoCulture's Magazine

An Influential Pioneer – Leading the Way from Federal Way

by Karen Meador, Historical Society of Federal Way In honor of Black History Month, the Historical Society of Federal Way is proud to pay tribute to one of Federal Way’s earliest and most influential settlers, John Newington Conna.   A central figure in the early...

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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 the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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County council designates County Maritime Heritage Area

The Metropolitan King County Council has voted unanimously to recognize the historic, recreational and economic value of the region's waterways by designating certain county shorelines as "County Maritime Heritage Area." The ordinance is intended to encourage the...

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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...

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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...

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