Events & Programs

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Download a list of WSHS events commemorating Washington's 125th Birthday and check the WA125 website for more information.

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Exhibit Openings


Pomp & Circumstance: The Clothing of Transformation

 Opens September 27.

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Special Author Presentation

Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West with Judy Koll Healey

6:30pmFrederick Weyerhaeuser image
October 16
History Museum
Free and Open to the Public

"Nearly a century after his death, Frederick Weyerhaeuser finally receives the biography he richly deserves. Drawing from recently discovered documents, Judith Koll Healey shows us why this visionary's business and personal lives were so closely intertwined and why that matters, why he was so deeply respected by business associates and rivals alike, and why his legacy continues to shape the timber industry today."
-James G. Lewis, author of The Forest Service and the Greatest Good: A Centennial History 

Exhibit Programs


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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

This work by Wade Davis is the topic of this reading and discussion by WSHM staff. describes this book as, "The definitive story of the British adventurers who survived the trenches of WWI and went on to risk their lives climbing Mount Everest." Two museum curators will discuss how WWI impacted the psyches of those in America and the British Empire, invidual and national efforts to heal after the war, as well as the many ties connecting these efforts to conquer Everest and mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest.
September 18
History Museum
Free Admission for Third Thursday 
Purchase a copy of Into the Silence in our Museum Store for $16.95.

American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Pandemic

1pmCamp Funston Hospital image
October 18
History Museum
Included in Museum Admission
How did the global influenza pandemic that began at the end of WWI affect Americans reeling from the war? What did the U.S. do to combat the deadly infection. Historian and professor Dr. Nancy Bristow will present on this American Pandemic and, with a local public health official, will talk about the implications for pandemics today.

Seeds of Victory Gallery Tour and Presentation with WWI poster collector Jim Givan

11amThe Ships are Coming
October 18
History Museum
Included in Museum Admission
Mr. Jim Givan will give a gallery tour of the Seeds of Victory: Posters of the Great War exhibit, which contains 60 posters from his private collection. Prior to the tour, Mr. Givan, a natural storyteller, will talk about his large poster collection focused on military themes and share his expertise on how to build a focused collection, how to spot fakes and forgeries, and how to look for quality pieces at good value. Learn about his most remarkable finds. 
Image: "The Ships are Coming" by James Daugherty

WWI and the Food Movement to be Self-Sufficient

October 18
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Included in Museum Admission
Grow and can your own food so we can feed the troops. That was the message Americans received in WWI. This program discusses the food shortages of WWI and the U.S. campaigns to generate enough food for Europe and America. Try samples of harvest produce eaten commonly 100 years ago.

Beauty and Duty: Fashion in Uniform

1pmArmy Nurse Corps image
October 25
History Museum
Included in Museum Admission
Enjoy the stories of the women who wore the uniforms of the U.S. military from WWI through the Vietnam War and into the 1980s with service uniform collector Alice Miller. See uniforms from her collection close up. Audience members may touch and photograph the uniforms on display. 
 Photograph from WSHS, ID# 2010.102.3

WWI Infantry Small Arms

November 15
History Museum
Included in Museum Admission
Weapons collector and curator from Foss Waterway Seaport Joseph Govednik displays many of the small infantry arms from his personal collection while talking about how they were made, who they were made for, and where they were used in battle.

Political Cartooning: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

November 15
History Museum
Included in Museum Admission
Professional political cartoonist Milt Priggee, past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, explores the images found in the Seeds of Victory posters. See the cartoonist at work and try your hand at creating your own political cartoon message.

Film Screening: "Witness to Revolution"

November 20
History MuseumAnna Louise Strong
Free and Open to the Public 
In a special presentation of "Witness to Revolution," hear the story of journalist Anna Louise Strong and her coverage of labor struggles such as the 1916 Everett Massacre and the 1919 Seattle General Strike. UWT Labor Historian Dr. Michael Honey and Mr. Ross K. Reider, President of the PNW Labor History Association, will speak about labor strike during WWI. They will be joined by filmmaker Lucy Ostrander.

Gallery Talks (First Friday of Every Month at 3pm)


Gallery Talks are your opportunity to meet exhibit curators and learn little-known information about our exhibits or get a behind-the-scenes perspective. 


October 3: "Seeds of Victory: Posters of the Great War"Small exhibit

Why are images of the Great War always focused on men in uniform? Discover the hidden truths behind ome of the fabulous posters in this exhibit.

November 7: "Pomp & Circumstance"

Exhibit curator and WSHS Director Jennifer Kilmer shares the stories behind the clothing of transformation included among these beautiful garments and how the pieces were selected.

December 5: "Seeds of Victory: Posters of the Great War"

What subliminal messages were the wartime posters trying to convey? Discover the intrigue behind some of the posters in this fascinating exhibit.

"Little Ernest" illustration by Mike Cressy


These programs are included with admission to the History Museum.


History Speaks (Second Wednesday of Every Month at 12pm)

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These programs are included with admission to the History Museum. 


Scholarly Selections (Third Thursday of Every Month at 6:30pm)


These programs are free and open to the public, and are presented in partnership with University of Washington Tacoma. 


Washington 125Color logo revised for web

Print a copy of the latest program list for everything we are offering to celebrate Washington's 125th Anniversary.

Veteran's Day: The Memory Wall Project

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History Museum
Free Admission to All Veterans, Active Duty, and Reserve Military
($1 off admission to all non-veterans who contribute a photograph of the veteran in his/her family) 
Veteran's Day is a day of remembrance for all those who have served or are serving our country. Special for this Veteran's Day, we invite you to participate in our Memory Wall Project. Community members need only bring an image (with name and date attached) and add it to the wall. Short stories of one to two paragraphs can also be attached to the image. Images and stories will remain on view for one week. Images will not be returned, so please contribute scans or reproductions?
Can't make it into the museum? Send us your image and we will print and post it for you. Send to 
Free admission for veterans on Veterans' Day at the History Museum is made possible by Multicare.



A Gallery Game for the Whole Family

Designed for four to eight players, MUSEO is a Bingo-style game of discovery in the Great Hall of Washington History. Ask for a packet at the information desk and let the sleuthing begin.

More for Kids

Treasure Hunting

In the Great Hall

Ever seen a gold nugget, a plutonium core, or an ox yoke? Keen-eyed young visitors are encouraged to pick up a treasure hunter’s challenge at the information desk and explore the Great Hall’s not-so-hidden treasures of Washington pictured there. A fun, self-directed activity for everyone.

More about the Great Hall

Model Railroad Operators' Hours

FIRST SATURDAY of every month
11 AM - 4PM

The Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers (PSMRE), the all-volunteer organization that operates the History Museum's permanent model railroad exhibit, holds a special Operators' Hours event on the first Saturday of every month. Operators' Hours is an opportunity to watch the masters at work and ask questions of the model railroad experts!

Model Train Festival