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We serve 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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The Brooklake Community Center

Brooklake Community Center Book From Prohibition-era speakeasy and rowdy roadhouse to library, Women's Club and beyond, what today is called the Brooklake Community Center spent decades embroiled in controversies, legal battles and community wrangling. Federal Way's local historian, Dick Caster, tracked down the Center's stories, photos and facts, spinning exhaustive research into a great read for his new book, "The Brooklake Community Center." This fascinating slice of local history is available for $20 through the Historical Society of Federal Way.
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Visit with us at the Federal Way Regional Library

Visit the library at 34200 1st Way South Federal Way 98003.

Historical Society members will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about our activities between 12:00 and 3:00 pm on the second Saturday of each month through April, 2017. Stop by our table and say hello on one of the following dates: November 12; December 10. The 2017 dates are January 14; February 11; March 11 and April 8.

Mrs. Denny and the "Sweet-briar" Rose

Ms. Margaret Nelson gives a heart-warming retelling of the story behind the rosa rubigibosa and the strong woman who brought its fragrance to Federal Way, WA. Please click the link below for the PDF excerpt from Heritage Roses Northwest Vol. 25, Issue 3.
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The Denny Cabin
The Denny Cabin
David Denny was part of the original party that settled Seattle in 1851. This monograph tells his story including his construction of the Denny Cabin in 1889 for use as a real estate office to promote the sale of land at the foot of Queen Anne Hill, including the land that now makes up the Seattle Center and surrounding land. The 93 page monograph also tells why the Denny Cabin ended up in Federal Way and describes the restoration work accomplished by the Historical Society of Federal Way. Read More About Denny Cabin »

The Baker Cabin
The Barker Cabin
This 65 page article provides a history of the oldest original structure in Federal Way. This homestead cabin was built in 1883 by John Barker. Barker lived in this cabin with his wife and three children for seven years. Once called the "Ivied Cottage" because it was draped with ivy, the Barker Cabin is the oldest original structure in the Federal Way area. The Historical Society of Federal Way has restored the historic Barker Cabin for public display at the entrance to West Hylebos Wetlands Park on South 348th Street and Fourth Avenue South in Federal Way, Washington. Read More About Barker Cabin »

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