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HistoryLink Springs Eternal

One of the the early Link columns penned in Seattle magazine by yours truly was a subject I’ll never forget. It was an appointment with history. You might even say Seattle history personified. My interview was with the venerable Seattle historian Walt Crowley.

Walt passed away recently but he left all of us with an astounding personal legacy that included HistoryLink, a virtual prototype in 1992 of so many things to come on the Internet — the blog, the wiki, the social news network — all astoundingly well ahead of their time.

Walt’s last instruction was that he wanted a URL placed on his headstone that will point mourners in the direction of www.historylink.org. He also requested that the plaque be installed at Lake View Cemetery as close as possible to Seattle pioneer Doc Maynard and Maynard’s relatives. According P-I reporter Casey McNerthney the placque will read:

Walt Crowley
Husband of Marie McCaffrey
Co-founder of HistoryLink
Citizen of Seattle
To learn more, visit www.historylink.org

Even in passing, Walt is creating history once again. Following his inspiration, perhaps more of us will place a cyber-link on our final resting place that will allow others to see, hear and learn more about the lives we lived in our own personal time capsule. In that respect, HistoryLink takes on a whole new dimension of meaning for generations to come. – LS [24×7]

Social Venture Partners Gets Blogging

Seattle’s Social Venture Partners, now celebrating 10 years of engaging philanthropists and strengthening non-profits, has launched a new SVP Blog. The first post, titled Getting Out of the Echo Chamber was written by director Paul Shoemaker and makes reference to a new 5-Year Plan that is availablr for downloading. “We see the SVP Blog, over time, as a place where we invite others to post, where there is dialogue from inside and outside SVP, and that will eventually evolve into an open space where many people will be posting on lots of different philanthropic and non-profit issues,” wrote Paul. Good luck and good posting! [24×7