2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Seattle’s Freeway Revolt. To celebrate, Seattle ARCH is hosting a community open house on Sunday, September 23. Two other events on September 19 and 26 will also showcase this important citizen movement.
Freeway Revolt 50th Anniversary Open House
Sunday, September 23, 3-6 pm
Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave S, Seattle 98144
This free public event offers a chance to view flyers, letters and other materials from the citizens’ resistance. Former activists in the movement will be onhand to share their experiences. Light refreshments will be served. Visitors are welcome to drop in at any time.
3:00 pm: Doors open
3:30 pm: Welcoming remarks
3:45 pm: “Open mike” – reflections and recollections
4:30 pm: Excerpts from freeway revolt documentary
The open house is co-sponsored by the Laurelhurst Community Club, Leschi Community Council, Montlake Community Club, Mt. Baker Community Club, Portage Bay/Roanoke Park Community Council, and Ravenna-Bryant Community Association.
MOHAI History Café on Seattle’s Freeway Revolt
Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle 98109
Former anti-freeway activists Donald Gibbs, Jean Godden, Larry Gossett and Junius Rochester will share personal stories from their involvement in Seattle’s Freeway Revolt. Priscilla Arsove, who co-founded Seattle ARCH (Activists Remembered, Celebrated and Honored), will provide a brief overview of the movement. See the MOHAI website for visitor information.
“Ramps to Nowhere” Documentary Film
Wednesday, September 26, 7:15 pm
Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle 98122
“Ramps to Nowhere,” an experimental documentary by filmmaker Minda Martin, will be shown at the Northwest Film Forum’s “Local Sightings” film festival. The film highlights the coalition of communities that participated in Seattle’s freeway revolt, interweaving archival information from the 1960s and 70s with Martin’s personal narrative about living next to freeways. Contemporary interviews with former activists are also featured. Check the Local Sightings website for ticket information.