Saturday, July 4, 2009

2009 Conference at the Historic Davenport Hotel

It was 105 years ago in September that the Davenport Hotel opened its doors. The Washington State Genealogical Society and Eastern Washington Genealogical Society are proud to be hosting the WSGS annual conference this September at the Davenport. How fitting!

The Davenport was the first hotel with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts (designed by Louis Davenport himself), accordion ballroom doors and the famous Crab Louis (named for Louis Davenport and first served at the hotel dining room). The hotel cost nearly $3 million to build (think of this in 1914 dollars!!) and Walt and Karen Worthy spent many millions in the last decade restoring the hotel to its 1914 glory. See photos and a virtual tour here.

Lewellyn "Louis" Davenport came to Spokane Falls, Washington Territory, in the spring of 1889 at the age of 20. He came up to work in his uncle's restaurant. That year in August the Big Spokane Fire consumed 32 blocks of downtown Spokane. Young Davenport, ever the visionary, bought a tent and opened "Davenport's Waffle Foundry" and thus the hotel and a legend were born.

Why the Davenport for the 2009 State Conference? The Davenport Hotel was the birthplace of Eastern Washington Genealogical Society. On January 31, 1935, after three years of planning, 31 individuals met on the mezzanine of the Davenport and elected the first officers of EWGS!

We conference goers look forward to four wonderful meals at the Davenport: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and Sunday breakfast. They will be wonderful; the ghost of Louis Davenport guarantees it.

Are YOU registered for this wonderful conference at the historic Davenport Hotel? Click the link below and take care of that bit of business right now!

Online Registration
(need help with the online registration? read our tutorial here)

Brochure and Saturday Schedule
(to help you choose your classes and activities)

Mail-in Registration Form
(for those who prefer registering offline)

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