Shelf Life Community Story Project
Amplifying community voices, learning from neighborhood stories, and interrupting narratives of erasure in Seattle's Central District.

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Next Steps for Shelf Life

It’s hard to believe, but it has been over two years since Shelf Life got the keys to its little storefront in the Promenade Shopping Center. So much has happened! In that time, we’ve interviewed over 70 community members, provided five free workshops in audio recording and interviewing techniques, thrown countless parties and open houses, hosted three youth art exhibits, and produced a ten-episode podcast!

We have so many ideas for what to do next. We spent all summer asking Central District residents how community stories can serve the neighborhood. We’ve taken that feedback and incorporated it into our next steps. All we need now is the capacity and funding to make those ideas happen. Make a tax-deductible donation here!

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End of an Era

We are saddened to learn that R & L Home of Good Bar-B-Que will close its doors after 66 years in business. We’d like to share a few stories about R & L that Shelf Life interviewees have shared with us.

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Water + Art +Stories!

Shelf Life has known for a long time that we need to ask Central District residents (and those with roots in the CD) how community stories can serve the neighborhood. How can Shelf Life return these stories to the community in ways that are meaningful?

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And I've Been There Ever Since

We want to mark the passing of community leader and entrepreneur, DeCharlene Williams. On the same day that Dr Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, DeCharlene Williams opened her beauty salon in Seattle's Central District neighborhood. In the first story, DeCharlene talks about how hard it was to start a business as a young, black woman. In the second story, Marie Kidhe talks about the importance of her regular childhood visits to DeCharlene's salon. 

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