AKCHO to honor our Paul!

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Paul Dorpat, captured on May 2, 2022. (Clay Eals)

Congrats! Award goes to our column founder

Longtime Seattle historian Paul Dorpat, founder of the “Now & Then” column that appears Sundays in The Seattle Times (and with “web extras” on this blog), will receive the 2022 Board Legacy Award of the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO).

The honor will be presented during AKCHO’s annual awards event, online, from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2022. To view the event, visit this link. Paul’s award is being saved for the end!

The award to Paul is triggered by his recent donation of a vast collection of historical photos, videos and printed materials to the Seattle Public Library so that they eventually can be accessed by anyone free of charge.

The donation reflects “your legendary loyalty to identifying and celebrating Seattle history,” says Pat Filer, award chair.

Paul, the author of many local history books, originated “Now & Then” in the Sunday magazine of The Seattle Times in January 1982. He prepared more than 1,800 columns over 37 years before retiring in 2019.

VIDEO (3:21): Click this image to see Paul’s award acceptance speech. (Clay Eals)

4 thoughts on “AKCHO to honor our Paul!”

  1. Yay for Paul! Many of us, including me, have been deeply touched by Paul’s work, humor, and presence in our Wallingford community! He has not only shared Seattle history with all of us, he is a part of Seattle that will go down in history! Thank you, Paul, for all you have contributed to our lives!

  2. We have been his childhood friends from Spokane. We were on Eastern the day the library took the boxes of photos.

  3. Used to work for Adams News Company and met Paul when he would deliver copies of his Then and Now books. Always enjoyed chatting with him.

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