Every third Wednesday of the month, The Seattle Public Library co-presents History Café: evening presentations and panel discussions on Seattle and Pacific Northwest history at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave N., in the museum's Compass Café.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.


Remembering Princess Angeline - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18

Chief Seattle’s daughter Kikisoblu (c. 1820 – 1896), also known as Princess Angeline, was a frequent subject of photographs, including the now iconic image taken by Edward Curtis.

This presentation looks at the legacy of Kikisoblu, putting images of her in conversation with historic and personal stories of her life. Curtis' photograph of Kikisoblu will be on display during the program, along with rarely seen material from MOHAI’s collections.

George Guttormsen, Forrest Gump of the Northwest - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15

Much like the fictional character Forrest Gump, George Guttormsen's life intertwined with significant figures and events and left a mark on Washington State history. Guttormsen defended local author Betty MacDonald from defamation charges, worked with celebrated congressman Marion Zionchek, and played quarterback in the historic 1926 Rose Bowl.

Join Bob Royer, HistoryLink's board chair and partner at Gallatin Public Affairs, as he follows the twists and turns of  Guttormsen's life and the local 20th century history it illuminates.

History Café is co-presented by The Seattle Public Library, MOHAI and HistoryLink.