EventsChief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name

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Aljoya Mercer Island


Many know that the city of Seattle was named after a prominent Suquamish and Duwamish chief. But there hasn't been a thorough account of Chief Seattle and his times—until now. Join us to hear historian David Buerge share stories from his latest book, Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound. Buerge spent 20 years researching this book, drawing on oral histories from Duwamish, Suquamish, Muckleshoot and other tribe members and mined historical records, newspaper reporting, and pioneer diaries. He'll share details of how Chief Seattle advocated for peace during a time of tremendous flux, and how his influence resonates to this day.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

In partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

Island Books will have books for sale at the event.

Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name

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