New Exhibit Highlights Longfellow Creek

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We are partnering the Duwamish Alive Coalition and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society to present tʔáwi: Creek of Hope, an exploration of Longfellow Creek, featuring photographs from renowned photojournalist Tom Reese.

From its 10,000 year-old headwaters at Roxhill Park, Longfellow Creek is the backbone of the Duwamish Peninsula. Its story reflects the complex changes of the region over the last century. Discover little-known places along the creek, human and wildlife connections, and the questions we face about its future.

Tom Reese is a journalist, photographer, author, editor, artist and teacher.  His work as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist has been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes in breaking news photography, feature photography and explanatory reporting during his career at The Seattle Times.  Many current projects focus on the complex relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world, including his book, Once and Future River:  Reclaiming the Duwamish.

An Opening Reception with Reese, Susan Leishman of the Duwamish Alive Coalition and DNDA’s Environmental Programs Director Caroline Boresnik will be held at the Log House Museum on Thursday, June 22 from 6:30-8pm. The reception is an opportunity to hear from the exhibit’s photographer and advocates who are working to restore and preserve Longfellow Creek. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP is encouraged, but not required. RSVP here.

The exhibit is part of a larger, ongoing effort to preserve the history of the creek. The Longfellow Creek Diary Project seeks to capture the personal stories of the creek in a community diary. Past experiences, current activities or special memories of the creek all help tell the tapestry of Longfellow’s story. Diary entries will live in SWSHS’s collection, accessible to future researchers and ecologists.

This project is supported by 4Culture and the Office of Arts and Culture.

Contact SWSHS Programs and Outreach Director Elizabeth Rudrud at with questions.