Glasnost & Goodwill presents a fascinating look at how Northwest citizens helped to thaw the Cold War through grassroots diplomacy. Visitors will see artifacts from the Goodwill Games, the Earth Day 20 International Peace Climb on Mount Everest, and more. Visit the History Museum this fall and winter to learn about how the extraordinary efforts of ordinary people across two continents achieved change during the 1950s-1990s.
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“It has rained nearly every day since I have been here and yet I like it,” Anaximander Tutton wrote to his family in South Dakota shortly after his arrival in Washington. His story and those of many others are part of Washington: My Home, the all-new exhibit opening in the Great Hall of Washington History this summer. Through oral histories and artifacts, this permanent exhibit explores migration and immigration through the experiences of diverse individuals who, over time, have come to live in Washington.
Visitors first glimpse the Arrival Windows, illuminating images of people who call Washington home. Next to the windows are stories of arrival, belonging, and dramatic journeys. These accounts range from the 1840s with the first African American family to arrive in Washington Territory to 2015 when the first family of Syrian refugees settled in Seattle, with many others in between.
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On view January 20 through July 15, 2018
As long as there have been children, there have been toys. However, what children have played with and how they play has changed over time. Discover how toys and play have evolved, and consider what you can deduce about a particular point in time by looking at playthings from that era. See a colorful variety of toys from the Historical Society's collections, learn about the rise of playgrounds, and find out how Washington has made its mark in toymaking history (the Slinky Dog was invented here, for one!).
The History Lab Learning Center engages visitors with interactive exhibits featuring historical concepts such as Time, Place, Viewpoint, Exploration, and Precedent. In the learning center, visitors of all ages are encouraged to use the Tools of the History Trade (artifacts, ephemera, books and periodicals, people, maps, and images) to think like detectives in search of evidence. The History Lab exhibit is on the fifth floor of the History Museum.
Don your conductor's cap and climb aboard the History Museum's own model railroad. Watch history being made as the Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers club continues construction on the 1,800-square-foot permanent layout depicting the rail lines from Tacoma's Point Defiance Park to the Stampede Pass tunnel in the Cascades. Join us when we celebrate model trains with our annual Model Train Festival.