Any Seattle history documentaries?
November 2, 2012 10:13 PM   Subscribe

Does anyone know of any good documentary films about Seattle history? I'm interested in its founding up to the 90s. Not looking for stuff about grunge. Would love it if there were something in a Ken Burns, but I don't expect miracles. Thanks!
posted by letstrythis to Education (9 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I enjoyed this documentary about the 1962 World's Fair. Also, the Klondike Gold Rush National Park near Pioneer Square features a pretty memorable 30-minute film entitled "Gold Fever: Race to the Klondike" as part of the exhibit.

This would be a great question to take to the librarians at the Seattle Room on level 10 of the downtown SPL branch.
posted by halogen at 10:46 PM on November 2, 2012

Wheedle's Groove is newer, acclaimed documentary about Seattle's music scene in the 1960s and 1970s.
posted by halogen at 10:53 PM on November 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

Overtly political, but very enjoyable, This is What Democracy Looks Like examines the WTO protest. (also chronicled in a movie I haven't seen: Battle in Seattle)
posted by el io at 11:16 PM on November 2, 2012

Best answer: The local PBS station, KCTS9, hosts a collection of Seattle historical documentaries.
posted by el io at 11:25 PM on November 2, 2012

Not documentaries, but a couple books by a local historian who ran the underground tour.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:51 PM on November 2, 2012 has a video links page that you might like.
posted by lois1950 at 12:03 AM on November 3, 2012

You might run this question by Jess over at
posted by blueberry at 12:38 AM on November 3, 2012

Response by poster: This is great! Thanks very much, can't wait to dig in.
posted by letstrythis at 1:06 AM on November 3, 2012

Looks like you have plenty of good recommendations.

Just want to mention... the Seattle Public Library provides excellent personalized help with research and recommendations.
"Ask a Librarian"
posted by valannc at 8:30 AM on November 4, 2012

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