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Waskowitz Big Tree Contest winner announced

Waskowitz Big Tree Contest winner announced

Marie O’Kelley stands by one of the winning Waskowitz trees that she and her brother planted in the 1960s. A tree planted by Mikeal Roose in 1962 was the winner in the Waskowitz Big Tree contest. The... [Read more]

Happy Veterans Day from The B-Town Blog to all Vets and their families!

Happy Veterans Day from The B-Town Blog to all Vets and their families!

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Publisher/Editor Happy Veterans Day from The B-Town Blog to all Vets, active military and their families! In honor of this holiday, we encourage all our Readers to... [Read more]

Hank Cramer to perform at Highline Historical Society annual meeting Nov. 16

Hank Cramer to perform at Highline Historical Society annual meeting Nov. 16

One of the best-loved folk singers in the American West will perform a repertoire of original, traditional and contemporary folk songs as the Highline Historical Society celebrates 20 years as an organization... [Read more]

‘Tied By Lightning’ – free events commemorate high tech history in area

‘Tied By Lightning’ – free events commemorate high tech history in area

Everyone knows King County to be a high tech hub today, but our region’s first brush with cutting-edge technology occurred well before Bill Gates and Paul Allen. A century and a half ago, the first... [Read more]

REMINDER: Is there a Van Gogh in your garage? Find out this Saturday

REMINDER: Is there a Van Gogh in your garage? Find out this Saturday

Haul out those treasures you’ve always wondered about and bring them to the Highline Historical Society’s antiques appraisal and artifact identification day this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m.... [Read more]

The Highline Historical Society asks: ‘Is there a Van Gogh in your garage’?

The Highline Historical Society asks: ‘Is there a Van Gogh in your garage’?

The Highline Historical Society is asking: “Is there a Van Gogh in your garage?“ Haul out those treasures you’ve always wondered about and bring them to the Highline Historical Society’s... [Read more]

‘The Maury Island Incident’ UFO film premieres as series on IndieFlix today

‘The Maury Island Incident’ UFO film premieres as series on IndieFlix today

EDITOR’S NOTE: “The Maury Island Incident” is a short film that was shot and produced locally during the summer of 2013 (including The Tin Room Bar), and released in May, 2014. It was... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Family Treasures’ Workshop is July 23

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Family Treasures’ Workshop is July 23

Learn how to care for your family treasures at a workshop being taught by Highline Historical Society curator Nancy Salguero McKay on Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m…

Highline Historical Society reaps awards for ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit

Highline Historical Society reaps awards for ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit

The Highline Historical Society has been reaping acclaim and honors for its ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit, which ran from October through December last year…

Know of a ‘Waskowitz Tree’? Waskowitz Big Tree Contest underway

Know of a ‘Waskowitz Tree’? Waskowitz Big Tree Contest underway

From the 1960s through the 1980s, 6th-graders in the Highline School District came home from their week at Camp Waskowitz with a fir seedling to plant in their yards as a reminder of lessons about forestry and conservation…

Local Author/Artist Virginia Wright seeking photos for new book about Burien

Local Author/Artist Virginia Wright seeking photos for new book about Burien

Three Tree Point resident Virginia Wright is putting together a new book on the history of Burien, and is seeking photos. “The book will focus primarily on relatively recent history, and will feature... [Read more]

Tickets now on sale for the Saturday, June 14 Highline Garden Tour

Tickets now on sale for the Saturday, June 14 Highline Garden Tour

Tired of mowing the lawn in his backyard, Dennis Baar installed a creek bed in its place. His garden will be on the Highline Garden Tour this year. Carol Lee Harrison relaxes in front of a garden trellis... [Read more]

Demolition begins at old Herr site for new pharmacy; historic Sequoia to be cut

Demolition begins at old Herr site for new pharmacy; historic Sequoia to be cut

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Demolition has begun at the old Herr Lumber/King Buffet lots on SW 160th near First Ave South for a new, 16,882 square foot CVS Pharmacy. The main building of the new... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society‘s online auction opens – shop for Mother’s Day!

Highline Historical Society‘s online auction opens – shop for Mother’s Day!

The Highline Historical Society’s online fundraiser auction is officially open! From now through May 3 at 7 p.m., shoppers can browse through a virtual storehouse of inspired merchandise and fun experiences... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society presents ‘Coming Home: Baseball’s America’

Highline Historical Society presents ‘Coming Home: Baseball’s America’

The Highline Historical Society will be presenting “Coming Home: Baseball’s America” – a free program – at SeaTac City Hall starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23…

A few moments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A few moments with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered…”

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Hope in Hard Times’ closes this Saturday

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Hope in Hard Times’ closes this Saturday

The final day for the Highline Historical Society’s popular “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit about the Great Depression will be this Saturday, Jan. 4. The exhibit of Depression-era artifacts has been... [Read more]

Military Road to be focus of 2014 site-specific Arts projects

Military Road to be focus of 2014 site-specific Arts projects

Two projects focusing on the historical significance of Military Road (see map below) have received site-specific project funding from 4Culture, the cultural services agency that provides arts and heritage... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Hope in Hard Times’ celebrates the holidays

Highline Historical Society’s ‘Hope in Hard Times’ celebrates the holidays

The Highline Historical Society invites the community to take a break from holiday shopping and bring friends and family in to see its “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit in December. The exhibit is located... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society to host ‘It’s About Time’ workshops

Highline Historical Society to host ‘It’s About Time’ workshops

In conjunction with its “Hope in Hard Times” exhibit, the Highline Historical Society will be presenting a free workshop series on saving family treasures, tracing your family tree, caring for the... [Read more]

New ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit pops up on SW 153rd in Burien

New ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit pops up on SW 153rd in Burien

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Highline Historical Society will be hosting a “Hope in Hard Times” pop-up museum on SW 153rd Street, about the Great Depression era in Washington State. Originally developed... [Read more]

REMINDER: Learn the history behind ‘The Maury Island Incident’ Wed. night!

REMINDER: Learn the history behind ‘The Maury Island Incident’ Wed. night!

REMINDER: Local Screenwriter/Attorney Steve Edmiston will be doing a presentation on ‘The Maury Island Incident‘ for the Des Moines Historical Society Wednesday night, Sept. 11, starting at... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society launches website for ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit

Highline Historical Society launches website for ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit

To kick off the big traveling exhibit that the Highline Historical Society will be hosting in a Burien storefront beginning in October, the Society has launched a new website: http://www.wahopeinhardtimes.net. On... [Read more]

Learn about ‘The Maury Island Incident’ at Des Moines Historical Society Sept. 11

Learn about ‘The Maury Island Incident’ at Des Moines Historical Society Sept. 11

The Des Moines Historical Society will be hosting a presentation on ‘The Maury Island Incident‘ by local Screenwriter and Attorney Steve Edmiston, starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11... [Read more]

Highline Historical Society’s Online Auction Fundraiser now open

Highline Historical Society’s Online Auction Fundraiser now open

The Highline Historical Society has opened its online auction fundraiser, which runs through June 2. “Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways, to restaurant gift certificates, to sports... [Read more]

B-TOWN UNDERCOVER: Unexpected, yet very sweet estate sale find…

B-TOWN UNDERCOVER: Unexpected, yet very sweet estate sale find…

by Shawn Underwood I bet a lot – or well most of you – have been to the Tin Room in Beercan, aka Burien, WA. I love the ambiance of the Tin Room and Tin Theater with the rusty old signs and salvaged... [Read more]

Tickets for the June 8 Highline Garden Tour are on sale now

Tickets for the June 8 Highline Garden Tour are on sale now

Tickets for the Highline Historical Society’s 2013 Highline Garden Tour – set for Saturday, June 8 – are now on sale. This popular annual event allows participants to visit inspiring private... [Read more]

Three Tree Point Youth Association seeking donations for Youth Cabin

Three Tree Point Youth Association seeking donations for Youth Cabin

An often-overlooked cabin sits quietly at the end of 164th Place SW in Burien’s Three Tree Point neighborhood, and the non-profit organization behind it – the Three Tree Point Youth Association... [Read more]