New community exhibit features history of Jewish businesses in Washington

May 6, 2016

TACOMA… Visitors to the Washington State History Museum can learn about Jewish commerce in Washington at Shalom! Open for Business – Tales of Jewish Merchants in Washington State, now on display in the museum’s community gallery.

“This is a really fascinating exhibit that delves into the stories, people and culture of Washington’s Jewish community,” said Jennifer Kilmer, Director of the Washington State Historical Society. “We’re proud to bring this exhibition to Tacoma and share the historic photos, first-person narratives and artwork with the people of the South Sound.”

“It is our pleasure to travel this very special and award-winning exhibit to the Washington State History Museum,” said Lisa Kranseler, Executive Director of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS), which sponsored the exhibit. “We have collected incredible stories and cannot wait to give the greater Tacoma community an opportunity to see these.”

Shalom! Open for Business covers more than a century of Jewish-owned businesses and Jewish merchants in Washington, highlighting the challenges and successes faced along the way. The WSJHS promotes interest in and knowledge of the life, history and culture of the Jewish people and communities of the State of Washington. The non-profit organization is dedicated to discovering, preserving and disseminating the history of the Jews of Washington through publications, exhibits, displays, speakers, and tours. For more information about WSJHS, please visit or call (206) 774-2277.

Shalom! Open for Business will be on display through July 17 at the state history museum’s community gallery, 1911 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. Admission is free through the Museum Store. Admission to the history museum for Historical Society members is free. Paid admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and active duty or retired military with ID, and free for children under 5. Patrons with a Washington Quest card can attend for $1 per person or $2 per family. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free after 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month when the museum stays open until 8 p.m.