History Speaks

Gypsy & June

March 31, 2015 12:00 PM

History Speaks

Last Tuesday of the Month
History Museum
Inlcuded in Museum Admission 

Hear authors and subject experts speak about a variety of historical topics of interest to Washingtonians. 

March 31: "Gypsy & June: Causing Havoc in the Great Depression and Beyond" with Gwen Whiting. Gypsy Rose Lee and her sister June Havoc were made immortal in the Broadway play and subsequent movie Gypsy. Their real lives, however, were far more colorful than anything Hollywood could dream up. Take a backstage peek into history from the Great Depression to the Red Scare and learn more about mayhem, mystery, and possibly murder.  

April 28: "Mountain Fever" with Jim Ross. The allure of Mt. Rainier led to many summit attempts by early Washington adventurists, with often comical consequences. Legendary National Park Service Ranger Jim Ross leads an old-fashioned storytelling of the exciting and often humorous stories of the first two recorded climbs of Mt. Rainier.

May 26: "Fu-Go: The Curious History of Japan's Balloon Bomb Attach on America" with Ross Coen as he shares an investigation of the little-known WWII bombing campaign Imperial Japan launched against the West Coast of the United States by floating bomb-laden balloons across the Pacific Ocean, approximately 30 of which landed in Washington.

June 30: "The Rick and Varied Legacy of William O. Douglas" with Tom R. Hulst. Raised in Yakima, Washington, William O. Douglas served on the Supreme Court for 36 years adn left an indelible imprint on the American conscience. Join Tom R. Hulst, educator and author of The Footpaths of Justice William O. Douglas: A Legacy of Place, as he examines the impact of Douglas's legacy on the ideas of privacy, pilgrimage, and place.


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