Welcome to Seattle Center

Choose a language
Date
Friday, November 25, 2022
Time
All Day
Place
Armory Balcony
Cost
Free Event

This educational exhibit celebrates the rich military history in Washington State, with an emphasis on Fort Lawton in what is now Seattle’s Discovery Park. This exhibit brings the compelling stories and history of Fort Lawton to the Seattle community, while demonstrating why the preservation of Fort Lawton is essential in contributing to the historical narrative of Seattle, Washington, and the United States.
For 75 years, Black Soldiers served in the military in a segregated army serving the United States of America. Although not widely known, hundreds of Buffalo Soldiers were stationed at Fort Lawton as part of the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry. These men were accomplished musicians and many were in an Army band. For every ship which left the port of Seattle during WWI and WWII, these men would perform on the parade field at Fort Lawton. They even took jazz music overseas during WWI. During this time-period, Black soldiers served their county with integrity and pride, yet were not allowed to eat or sleep with their fellow soldiers. Because of this, the band had their own barracks, one of the few remaining buildings on the Fort Lawton site. Despite these conditions, the parades the Buffalo Soldiers’ band performed were for all soldiers, regardless of race or ideology.

The exhibit displays a timeline of events and significant dates to illustrate how the Buffalo Soldiers, U.S. military and other players made meaningful contributions to the evolution of Seattle. It is our goal to not only educate about American history, but to also humanize and celebrate those who served with dignity and honor, despite systemic inequality and discrimination, but who ultimately made a difference for Seattle and the United States of America.

Presented in partnership with:

UW logo

More Information

Same Day Events Showing Events on November 25, 2022

All Day

Seattle Center Sculpture Walk 2022

Free Event
Four temporary Art Installations throughout campus.
All Day

Winterfest Train & Village

Free Event
An annual late 19th-century model train and village display in the Armory.
9:00 a.m.

Seattle Kid's Marathon

Admission Fee
The Seattle Kids Marathon is structured to allow children—kindergarten through eighth grade—to complete a full 26.2 mile marathon at a rate that is fun and safe for their growing bodies: one mile at a time.
11:00 a.m.

Team USA FIFA World Cup Watch Party: USA vs England

Free Event
Join Sounders FC as we celebrate FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 together. Located at the historic Armory at the Seattle Center, the Sounders will host public watch parties for all U.S. Men's National Team matches as well as the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final.
2:00 p.m.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Admission Fee
Celebrate the holidays with renewed gusto! With its classic score, thrilling dancing, resplendent costumes, and magical scenery, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is the perfect centerpiece for any holiday celebration. Cheers!
2:00 p.m.

Winterfest Entertainment: Bill Anschell Trio

Free Event
Jazz Trio plays seasonal favorites and more!
2:30 p.m.

Paddington Saves Christmas

Admission Fee
It’s holiday time in the Brown household and Paddington – the famous, accident-prone bear – is here to save the day!
5:15 p.m.

Illuminate Winterfest at Seattle Center: Presented by Symetra

Free Event
Our Winterfest Opening Day Celebration, with a campus lighting ceremony and special entertainment.
6:00 p.m.

Illuminate Winterfest

Free Event
We are keeping alive an annual tradition of decking out our campus with twinkling lights in the trees and other specialty light features across the grounds. Pop by Seattle Center after dark and delight in the wonderland of light!
6:30 p.m.

Paddington Saves Christmas

Admission Fee
It’s holiday time in the Brown household and Paddington – the famous, accident-prone bear – is here to save the day!
7:30 p.m.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol: Preview Performance

Admission Fee
Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic.
7:30 p.m.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Admission Fee
Celebrate the holidays with renewed gusto! With its classic score, thrilling dancing, resplendent costumes, and magical scenery, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is the perfect centerpiece for any holiday celebration. Cheers!
8:00 p.m.

Grupo Firme

Admission Fee
Regional Mexican Band and Latin Grammy-award winning septet, Grupo Firme, announces stop at Climate Pledge Arena on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 8pm.

Campus Sponsors