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Exhibit: The Seattle General Strike of 1919

  • Seattle Municipal Archives, City Hall, Third Floor 600 Fourth Ave Seattle, WA (map)

Description: To mark the centennial of the Seattle General Strike, examples of how the strike is documented in City records is now on display on the 3rd floor at City Hall. Pulled from the holdings of the Seattle Municipal Archives, featured materials include examples of oaths taken by emergency "special patrolmen" appointed by Mayor Ole Hanson, and correspondence from Seattle City Light Superintendent J.D. Ross regarding the potential for mayhem if the city's lights went out during the strike. The Ole-ad, a satirical epic poem published in 1921 based on Mayor Hanson's actions during the strike, is also on display.

Cost: Free

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