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History Café: Ghosts of Seattle Past

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Seattle has always been a boom town, shaped as much by the gold rush of the 19th century as by the explosion of the tech industry today. Join editor Cali Kopczick and artist Shelly Leavens as they discuss their anthology Ghosts of Seattle Past, which seeks to reconstruct community hubs lost to growth through essays, interviews, photography, and comics. Bring your own stories of Seattle’s long-gone places to be mapped and remembered!

Copies of Ghosts of Seattle Past will be available for purchase in the museum store and the authors will be available for book signing.

Cali Kopczick is an editor at Chin Music Press and the production manager and story editor of the documentary Where the House Was. Formerly, she was an assistant director of the Odegaard Writing and Research Center. Her writing is out or forthcoming with The Offing, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Bone Bouquet, and others.

Shelly Leavens is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, curator, and oral historian. She has curated exhibitions at the Kirkland Arts Center, Gage Academy of Art, and the Museum of Northwest Art among others and taught at the University of Washington Museum Studies Certificate Program and numerous Oral History workshops in the Puget Sound region.

A limited number of FM system and neck loop Assistive Listening Devices are available for this program. To reserve an ALS, please contact the Public Programs Department at

Location: MOHAI, South Lake Cafe

Cost: Free

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