On May 17, 1942, Japanese American families gathered at Union Station in downtown Tacoma. With short notice, families rushed to get their affairs in order knowing only that they would be leaving but not knowing their final destinations or for how long they would be gone.
We will commemorate this date with a behind-the-scenes look at our upcoming exhibition in the Great Hall of Washington History with lead curator Gwen Whiting and hear from members of the community about the South Puget Sound Japanese American incarceration experience.
WashingtonStay Home Society live online program
Ben Thompson’s Guts and Glory, Washington Edition
Thursday, May 28, 6:00 PM
If you don't know Ben, you're in for a real treat! A history lover and writer, Ben created "Badass of the Week" in 2004 and has written twelve books on various historical subjects, including the Guts & Glory series among others. Ben has appeared on The History Channel, Discovery, the Urban Movie Channel and The American Heroes Channel, and we're lucky that he's a Washingtonian!
Washington Stay Home Society live online program
Suffrage History, Piece by Piece – Storytelling with Collage
Thursday, June 4, 6:00 PM
Take a look at recent collages created by the Northwest Collage Society to celebrate the suffrage centennial. Use that inspiration to make your own suffrage history collage with images from the Historical Society's collection! Elisa Law, the Historical Society's suffrage centennial coordinator, will guide you through the project and share suffrage history along the way.
Pacific Northwest History Coference
"Contested Spaces: Power and Resistance in the Pacific Northwest"
October 23-25, Tacoma, WA (Note: This may transition to an online event depending on appropriate response related to COVID-19.)
The Pacific Northwest History Conference is a forum for exchange among historians, scholars from other disciplines, museum professionals, educators, archivists, historic preservationists, graduate students, history enthusiasts, and community activists.
This year's conference will be in Tacoma, WA, October 23-25. The theme is Contested Spaces: Power and Resistance in the Pacific Northwest. Check back in June for registration details.
For more information and to submit a presentation proposal visit: http://www.washingtonhistory.org/support/heritage/pnwhc/