Today is the start of Filipino American History Month. The roots of this annual celebration run deep in Seattle. The Seattle-based FANHS National board and trustees voted to establish October as Filipino American National Historical Month in 1988. Since 1991, FANHS National and chapters have coordinated events to celebrate the historical contribution of those of Filipino heritage to American history.

FANHS National has two events to kick-off the month-long celebration.

Friday, October 3rd, 6:00pm. Thank God I’m Filipino Lecture, “Growing Up Brown: Memories of Washington Hall.” Washington Hall, 153 14th Avenue Seattle, Washington 98122.
Free event.

Come hear stories of how Washington Hall was more than a building, it was a vibrant community. From the 1930s to the 1960s, Filipino families and organizations gathered at Washington Hall regularly for dances, events, and family occasions.

Saturday, October 4th, 6:30 pm. Dinner & Program FANHS Pioneering Family Reunion: Growing Up Brown 1945 to 1970. Immaculate Conception Auditorium, 820 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.
Tickets: $25.

This event recognizes pioneers who settled in Seattle. This reunion includes pioneer families whose members are Filipino American WWII veterans, Bataan Corregidor survivors, and professional immigrants—many who came for Boeing jobs and family members.  Their contributions and stories are part of American history and have paved the way for current and future generations.

For more information about these events email or call (206) 322-0204.

To learn about Filipino American History Events in the Seattle area visit the International Examiner.