Happy Filipino American History Month! Please go to the FANHS National web page for more information.
For more details about Seattle events, check out the International Examiner schedule of Filipino American History Month events.
Greater Seattle FANHS chapter meeting: Saturday, October 11
There will be a coffee hour/potluck time as usual at 9:30am and then the meeting is set for 10:00am – 11:30am, in the National Pinoy Archives basement at 810 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.
There are lots of interesting plans for October events (such as the October 25 NPA Volunteer training with the FANHS National office) as well as chapter events and projects in the next 6 – 12 months. Come to the meeting and hear about these projects and more!
NEXT MEETING: November 8
The First Modern Yo-Yo by Pedro Flores
My 5-yr old son began playing awkwardly with a Yo-Yo recently. I began showing him the tricks I’d learned as a kid. My uncle taught me how to “walk the dog”, and do “the cradle” trick moves. It was a wonderful place of nostalgia for me. Throwback Thursdays posts are all about fun nostalgia and a chance to remember the little things in life. However, in the larger scheme of history it is often forgotten that the Yo-Yo was popularized by Filipino Americans and shaped modern Americana!
The primary twirler who brought the Yo-Yo into the mainstream was Filipino Pedro Flores. In the 1920’s a Yo-Yo probably sold for around 10 cents. Flores opened different factories making wooden Yo-yo’s and was the main innovator for using a slip-string on the axle to extend spin for trick moves. Donald Duncan saw a child playing with a Flores Yo-Yo and decided to later work with Pedro Flores. By the 1930’s Duncan eventually bought full ownership of the enterprise and created Duncan Yo-Yo. Today, a single mint condition Flores Yo-Yo is worth $2,000, while Duncan Yo-Yo’s are now a dime a dozen. Continue reading
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.
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.