Paula Becker and Alan J. Stein spoke at the Ballard Historical Society’s free lecture, The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy last week. HistoryLink staff historians Becker and Stein shared wonderful photographs, images and stories from their new book. The Seattle World’s Fair was the event that gave us a civic center and the unique Space Needle — and made a city proud. Can you believe that event promoters’ first task was answer this question for potential sponsors and international dignitaries: “Where is Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.?” One attendee brought her 1960s scrap book to share all of the clippings surrounding the Seattle World’s Fair. Another attendee brought his collection of original early artwork that resulted in the official Century 21 logo! A brief annual meeting kicked off our lecture evening and our new BHS year.
After the lecture, we enjoyed goodies baked by BHS trustees. The authors signed copies for gifts and attendees. As they signed, they listened to stories of those who worked at and attended the fair. Thank you to the Sunset Hill Community Association for hosting us and to the authors for writing and presenting this record of a unique Seattle event. Become a member of BHS and learn more about Seattle and Ballard historical events.
If you’d like to purchase a copy of the book for yourself or as a gift, please stop in at local business Secret Garden Books at 2214 NW Market Street. (Phone: 206-789-5006)