The Yule Log Times Three!

An 1848 drawing of St. Nick hauling a Yule log
Seattle Weekly

Each of us has a picture that pops into our minds whenever we hear about the yule log. Whether it’s a log on the fire during Winter Solstice, a decadent dessert, or a cozy mystery. Here are a few items in our collection to celebrate the yule log in its many forms!

For apartment dwellers or those of us without a fire place you can stream your yule log fix! Access Video offers an hour of log burning, with music included, in The Ultimate Yule Log – “the Christmas classic! Instrumental and vocal music set against yule log fireplace footage. Songs include “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” ”O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and more!” Continue reading “The Yule Log Times Three!”

Party Like It’s 1918!

I’ve never been one to enjoy the large crowds underneath the Space Needle on New Year’s Eve night; rather, I like to ring in the New Year with friends at smaller events in the city. One year was spent wandering around Tacoma during First Night and when I lived in West Seattle I would ring in the New Year at a local masquerade. This year, though, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do.

That got me thinking … how did Seattleites spend past New Years? What events were taking place a hundred years ago in 1918? So I looked through the Seattle Times archives and discovered, not much has changed in the way we celebrate the coming of the New Year!

In 1918 you could enjoy a home cooked New Year’s Dinner at the Woman’s Exchange and in 2018 you can enjoy dinner and music at many venues throughout Seattle! Continue reading “Party Like It’s 1918!”

Seattle Times at the Seattle Public Library

If you live in Seattle, you’re probably familiar with The Seattle Times newspaper. You may scan the paper each morning to keep abreast of breaking news and recycle it the next day, its value gone with the printing of the next issue. However, headlines from 20, 50 or 100 years ago can provide a fascinating look at the culture and politics of our city throughout its history.

The Seattle Times grew under the ownership of Alden Blethen and his family and has a rich history. Prior to Blethen, the newspaper had undergone several name changes and mergers to become the Seattle Times as we know it today. 

The Central Library has archives of the Seattle Daily Chronicle (1881-1884), Seattle Daily Call (1885-1886), Seattle Daily Press (1887-1888), Seattle Press (1886-1891), Seattle Times (1889), Seattle Press Times (1891-1895), Seattle Times (1895-1896), Seattle Daily Times (1896-1966) and  Seattle Times (1966-present). We offer these titles in a variety of formats: loose print, bound print, microfilm and digital.  

For the most part, the pre-1900 issues have been bound Continue reading “Seattle Times at the Seattle Public Library”