Kimberly Hereford

Kimberly is Greenlaker’s fine art appraiser and consultant. She has lived in Green Lake since 2005 and received her PhD in art history at the University of Washington. When she's not working at K.E. Hereford Fine Arts you can find her visiting one of Seattle’s many museums and galleries or, taking a stroll around Green Lake.

Did Colonel Sanders Develop His Famous Recipe Here in Green Lake?

A bit of Green Lake folklore made its way onto our desk and while we’re not one to encourage the rumor mill, we were intrigued!   Apparently, and we stress “apparently,” rumor has it that the white hair, white suited, black bow tying Colonel Sanders perfected his famous “finger licking good” chicken recipe right here in […]

Green Lake Tree Lighting 1941

In case you didn’t notice, Green Lake is full of holiday spirit! Not only do we boast our very own “Christmas Lights Tour,” but also decorate trees with twinkly lights (tree lighting must be hard wired into your Green Lake DNA). Case in point is a mysterious and beautiful photograph taken in 1941. And while we’re […]

The Mother of all Snowstorms: 1916

Brrrrr, it’s cold out there! But, this recent chilly weather is down right balmy compared to the frigid storm of 1916, considered by many to be the mother of all snowstorms (for here anyway). As local historian Paul Dorpat reports, this snowstorm was the second biggest, but most visually recorded. “By the year of our […]

A Haunted Relic in Green Lake?

One doesn’t have to look too far to find a historic architectural gem in Green Lake. Case in point is a little, well actually massive, relic that looms large in Green Lake Park. Just what am I’m referring to exactly? The Green Lake Arch, located near our very own Community Center. This impressive classical piece […]

Green Lake After the 1949, 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake

Recently it seems that much of Seattle is abuzz with the possibility that a massive shaker that may be in our future. The recent New Yorker article (July 20, 2015) seems to have awakened a new awareness that an earthquake will inevitably hit Seattle, at some time. A photo from 1949 showing earthquake damage to […]

Green Lake Wading Pool’s Historic Roots

Perhaps nothing signals the beginning of summer quite like the opening of the Green Lake wading pool. With the mercury rising and our recent record breaking temperatures, this little aquatic sanctuary is the premier venue for the kiddos to wade, splash and beat the heat. (Actually, it attracts the young and old alike. Take a […]

May Day: Time to celebrate!

NOTHING is so beautiful as spring— When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing; 5 The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush The descending blue; […]

Gone Fishing at Green Lake

It appears that since the early 1900s children have “Gone Fishing” in Green Lake! According to Brittany Wright, the caption for this 1909 photograph identifies the young boy waving excitedly as the son of a local Green Lake druggist. His little sister, outfitted cozily with earmuffs, is seated nearby in the buggy. Interestingly, Olmsted’s Green […]

Green Lake’s Very Own Pioneer Midwife

  Green Lake’s history is full of inspiring men and women who, at the turn-of-the-century, sought a fresh start and better life in our neighborhood. One such fascinating woman is Alice Ada Wood Ellis (1868-1936), the subject of the book: Seattle Pioneer Midwife: Alice Ada Wood Ellis Midwife Nurse & Mother to All. HER great-granddaughter, Susan […]

Meet Green Lake Artist Steve Reddy

Playful, whimsical, perspective bending and jam-packed with detail… this is, in a nutshell, the art of Steve Reddy. They do indeed require some careful looking. But, be patient and you will be rewarded! Steve is also a Green Lake resident and I reached out to him to learn more about his great sketches. SG: What […]

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