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WWII: Washington Remembers
Our newest exhibit features spotlights on Federal Way's service members, a fascinating collection of '30s- and '40s-era military artifacts,
Washington Legacy stories, and more.
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Mrs. Denny's Rose
Brought by wagon train to Seattle in 1851, descendants of Louisa Boren Denny's 'Sweetbrier' rose live on throughout the Greater Puget Sound area.
Written by Margaret Nelson of Heritage Roses Northwest, 'Mrs. Denny's Rose' tells the story of the Seattle pioneer credited with bringing the 'Sweetbrier'
rose to the Pacific Northwest. The meadow east of the Denny Cabin is home to a Louisa Denny 'Sweetbrier' rose bush as well as other local heritage roses.
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The Brooklake Community Center
From Prohibition-era speakeasy and rowdy roadhouse to library, Women's Club and beyond, what today is called the Brooklake Community Center spent decades
embroiled in controversies, legal battles and community wrangling. Federal Way's local historian, Dick Caster, tracked down the Center's stories,
photos and facts, spinning exhaustive research into a great read for his new book, "The Brooklake Community Center." This fascinating slice of local
history is available for $20 through the Historical Society of Federal Way.
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The Denny Cabin
David Denny was part of the original party that settled Seattle in 1851. This monograph tells his story including his construction of the Denny
Cabin in 1889 for use as a real estate office to promote the sale of land at the foot of Queen Anne Hill, including the land that now makes up
the Seattle Center and surrounding land. The 93 page monograph also tells why the Denny Cabin ended up in Federal Way and describes the restoration
work accomplished by the Historical Society of Federal Way.
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The Barker Cabin
This 65 page article provides a history of the oldest original structure in Federal Way. This homestead cabin was built in 1883 by John Barker. Barker lived in this cabin with his wife and
three children for seven years. Once called the "Ivied Cottage" because it was draped with ivy, the Barker Cabin is the oldest original structure in
the Federal Way area. The Historical Society of Federal Way has restored the historic Barker Cabin for public display at the entrance to West Hylebos Wetlands Park on
South 348th Street and Fourth Avenue South in Federal Way, Washington.
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