History Section

Walk the halls of the old Des Moines Elementary one last time on Sat., June 1

Walk the halls of the old Des Moines Elementary one last time on Sat., June 1

All are invited to a farewell Open House on Saturday, June 1 for the current Des Moines Elementary building, which has been a school since 1925, Highline Public Schools announced: “You are welcome... [Read more]

Final ‘Good Bootlegger’ presentation will be Monday, May 6 at Smith Tower

Final ‘Good Bootlegger’ presentation will be Monday, May 6 at Smith Tower

The final in a three-part presentation series on Roy Olmstead – aka ‘The Good Bootlegger’ – will be held Monday night, May 6 at the historic Smith Tower. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the... [Read more]

Unity Through Diversity Week will be April 22-26 at Highline College

Unity Through Diversity Week will be April 22-26 at Highline College

The public is invited to celebrate and explore diversity and contemporary social justice issues at Highline College the week of April 22–26, 2019. Now in its 22nd year, Unity Through Diversity Week will... [Read more]

Georgie Nupen has passed away, and Sue Padden wrote a tribute about her

Georgie Nupen has passed away, and Sue Padden wrote a tribute about her

I lost a dear friend this past week. Her name was Georgie Nupen. She lived an eventful, inspiring and passionate life into her 90s. I had the pleasure of meeting Georgie my first month as senior services... [Read more]

After 23 years, Patrice Thorell is leaving a lasting legacy for Des Moines

After 23 years, Patrice Thorell is leaving a lasting legacy for Des Moines

Patrice Thorell, right, helping local Artist George C. Scott with his new ‘Marinascope.’ By Scott Schaefer Patrice Thorell, who retired as the Director of Parks, Recreation and Senior Services... [Read more]

League of Quiet Skies Voters April 25 Town Hall will feature Airnoise.io creator

League of Quiet Skies Voters April 25 Town Hall will feature Airnoise.io creator

The League of Quiet Skies Voters announced that software developer Chris McCann – best known for his innovative Airnoise.io service that automatically reports users’ aircraft noise complaints –... [Read more]

UPDATE: Progress being made on renovation of historic Des Moines Theater

UPDATE: Progress being made on renovation of historic Des Moines Theater

At top, a rendering of what the renovated Des Moines Theater will look like when completed. Below, the theater circa 1948. If you’ve noticed construction work and busy workers around the historic... [Read more]

Grand re-opening celebration of Mt. Rainier Pool will be Saturday, March 16

Grand re-opening celebration of Mt. Rainier Pool will be Saturday, March 16

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce will be holding the re-opening of the Des Moines Mount Rainier Pool with a celebration and ribbon cutting on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. The 43-year-old... [Read more]

REMINDER: ‘The Good Bootlegger’ series kicks-off at Smith Tower Monday

REMINDER: ‘The Good Bootlegger’ series kicks-off at Smith Tower Monday

REMINDER: ‘The Good Bootlegger’ presentation at the Smith Tower will begin its three-part series this coming Monday, March 4! Presented by local filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer... [Read more]

UPDATE: ‘Good Bootlegger’ Smith Tower event postponed 1 month due to weather

UPDATE: ‘Good Bootlegger’ Smith Tower event postponed 1 month due to weather

Due to inclement weather, Monday’s ‘The Good Bootlegger’ presentation at the Smith Tower has been postponed one month, and will instead begin its three-part series on Monday, March... [Read more]

Local Filmmakers presenting 3-part ‘Good Bootlegger’ series at Smith Tower

Local Filmmakers presenting 3-part ‘Good Bootlegger’ series at Smith Tower

Seattle has its fair share of stories to add to Prohibition lore, having given rise to one of the most successful bootleggers in Pacific Northwest history – Roy Olmstead – and local filmmakers will... [Read more]

Demolition begins on Normandy Park Dairy Queen to make way for new Starbucks

Demolition begins on Normandy Park Dairy Queen to make way for new Starbucks

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: Demolition began Monday, Jan. 21 on the old Dairy Queen building located at 17827 1st Ave South in Normandy Park near the QFC. This location will next serve... [Read more]

Highline College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 22-25

Highline College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 22-25

The public is invited to free events between Jan. 22–25, 2019 as Highline College hosts its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration. Marking what would have been King’s 90th birthday, the week... [Read more]

<I>Marinascope</i> sculpture installed at south end of Des Moines Marina

Marinascope sculpture installed at south end of Des Moines Marina

Artist George C. Scott demonstrates the size of the sculpture. The sculpture body is lifted into place with a forklift by the Des Moines Marina crew. Des Moines Marina crew member Pat Wolfram applies adhesive... [Read more]

Man In Black Friday special: Watch ‘The Maury Island Incident’ for 50% off!

Man In Black Friday special: Watch ‘The Maury Island Incident’ for 50% off!

Why brave all the kooky, crazy crowds when you can stay warm and cozy inside and watch the locally-produced, award-winning film ‘The Maury Island Incident’ at an out-of-this-world 50% OFF... [Read more]

After outside review, City will totally separate from Legacy Foundation

After outside review, City will totally separate from Legacy Foundation

Des Moines City Attorney Tim George By Jack Mayne Donations collected by the Des Moines Legacy Foundation intended to aid in the support of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department were not always... [Read more]