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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

    The Historical Society of Federal Way since 1988, many years before becoming a city, captures and preserves the history of the Greater Federal Way area.

     Our collections, artifacts and archives are extensive.  Two historic cabins, David T. Denny and John Barker cabins, have been preserved.  The extensive efforts of preserving these wonderful two artifacts were challenging in many ways.  The cabins sit majestically as the entrance to the West Hylebos Wetlands Par, a vision of Ilene and Francis Marckx; Ilene Marckx was one of the earlier founders of the Historical Society of Federal Way.

     While Ilene and Francis were busily searching a way for the West Hylebos Wetlands to become a legacy for future generations to enjoy, many individuals were laying the groundwork for Federal Way to become a city in order to guide its own destiny.

     An attempt to incorporate as a city was made in 1971 but was overwhelmingly voted down.  Attempts were also made in 1981 and 1985 with no success.

     The Teratron Company purchased Federal Shopping Way but it was in disrepair.  The business community received a much-needed shot in the arm in 1975 with the opening of SeaTac Mall.  Nearly 20,000 people visited the new mall during the first week.  The next year, SeaTac Village Shopping Center opened across the street.

     Throughout the 1980's, the city saw further growth and development.  Condominium complexes and business campuses began sprouting up through the community.  Enchanted Village, with it's Wild Waves Pool, as well as the community's many parks, lured those seeking recreation.      

     An unending pipeline of multi-family development and huge traffic congestion problems throughout Federal Way became the burning issue that would lead to the final vote to approve the City of Federal way by the voters.  The official act of incorporation was held at the Sportsworld Lanes bowling complex.  That same year, federal Way received worldwide recognition when the Goodwill Games swimming and diving events were held at the new Weyerhaeuser Aquatics Center.

     Our young city is 25 years old this year.  Federal Way is still growing, traffic and roads remain issues and multi-family development remains the main topic of conversation and concern to residents of this young city.  The Historical Society of Federal Way will always be dedicated to preserving the history of our young City for future generations             

Diana Noble-Gulliford, President                
Historical Society of Federal Way

                                                                          

 

 

 

 

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The Historical Society of Federal Way intends to open the Barker Cabin and the David T. Denny Cabin for public viewing from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm on the following Saturdays in 2015.  Please see our calendar for more information.

May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10.

When the cabins are open for viewing by the public, a sign will be posted on the street.  Come enjoy a piece of Federal Way history!         

                                                                                                    

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Our Mission Statement

The Historical Society of Federal Way serves the public through researching, preserving, educating and displaying the history of Greater Federal Way to build a sense of community identity and heritage.

 

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Now available: The history book Images of America - Federal Way.  Please contact us for more information on how you can purchase this amazing look back at the history of Federal Way.

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