Events & Programs
See all upcoming events in theExplore It! quarterly newsletter. Unless noted otherwise, programs are included with museum admission, or FREE to WSHS Members. For more information, contact Molly Wilmoth at 253-798-5926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write253 Pop Up Print Shop at Washington State History Museum
Have you ever seen a hand-operated printing press in action? You can do just that at the Washington State History Museum’s Write253 Pop Up Print Shop on select dates through April 2020. You’ll even get a chance to operate a small press in the shop and make a print to take home.
A printmaker will be on hand in the Write 253 Pop Up Print Shop to facilitate visitors in working a press to make a small free print of their own. The artwork will be set up ahead of time, and different themes will be featured on different pop up dates.
Schedule: Click here for dates, times and details about the Write253 Pop Up Print Shop.
McMenamins Elks Temple History Pub:
Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State with Feliks Banel and Humanities Washington
November 5, doors open at 5:30 PM, event 7:00-8:30 PM,
McMenamins Elks Temple at 565 Broadway, Tacoma
FREE and open to the public, all ages welcome.
Local broadcaster and historian Feliks Banel explores our region’s darkest weather days and most infamous storms. With archival photos, radio, and TV clips, Banel takes us back in time to hear stories of those who survived some of the worst Pacific Northwest weather in recorded history.
Banel explores how these storms can revive our shared humanity. Frightening weather can bind communities together to share resources, commiserate, and protect each other. Participants may share their own memories of how they survive being snowed in, washed out, or left without power in the wake of a big storm—and why we remember those moments for the rest of our lives.
About the speaker:
Feliks Banel is a writer and producer, and serves as editor of COLUMBIA, the quarterly magazine of the Washington State Historical Society. He has been a host and contributor for KIRO Radio on matters of Northwest history and culture for many years; he created the history series This NOT Just In for KUOW Public Radio; and he produces documentaries for the Seattle Channel.
About history pub:
The Washington State Historical Society partners with McMenamins Elks Temple for History Pub on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding December). Learn about a new topic in Pacific Northwest history each time! These events are eligible for McMenamins passport stamps. Beverages and pizza are available for purchase in the Spanish Ballroom, and food and drinks may be brought in from other Elks Temple restaurants. Enjoy the Spanish Ballroom and learn while you sip and savor. Enter the code HISTORY2019 to receive a 15% discount on rooms for the evening, courtesy of McMenamins.
Family Saturday: Old FASHIONed
Saturday, November 9, 1:00=3:00 PM
Included with admission
Explore the exhibition Little Black Dress: A Fashion Evolution to learn about fabrics and materials used in clothing during different decades. Use your inspiration to create your own wearable fashion item!
Honoring Veterans Day
Sunday, November 10, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Free admission for veterans (with ID) and up to five family members
Join us for a special Veterans Day commemoration focused on the history of female service members. This event continues WSHS's #YearOfTheWoman honoring the 2020 Suffrage Centennial.
Scholarly Selections: Labor Wars of the Northwest
Third Thursday, November 21, 6:30 PM
The new film Labor Wars of the Northwest covers three decades of labor strife at the turn of the 20th century. Come and see this one-hour documentary, which reveals the plight of working class men and women who battled for better wages, reasonable hours, and workplace safety. A panel discussion will follow the film.
History After Hours: Bootleggers Ball
Thursday, December 5, 7:00–10:00 PM
Ages 21+ program
$15 for members, $20 for non-members with advance tickets,
or $25 at the door
Celebrate Repeal Day at Washington State History Museum’s own version of a speakeasy, The Blind Marmot. Drink from your very own History After Hours souvenir glass and be merry with tunes provided by The Happy Sinners.
Just be sure you don’t get caught by the fuzz in the bootleggers’ obstacle course. Steve Edmiston will spin a yarn on the infamous northwest rumrunner Roy Olmstead. Enjoy two beverages included with your ticket, and get a last look at the exhibit Little Black Dress on its final night of exhibition!
You'll be able to run a printing press and make a print to take home in our Write 253 Pop Up Print Shop, or buy a special limited edition print to support this terrific non-profit organization that promotes literacy in Tacoma.
And, pick up some holiday gifts, too, at the Bootleggers' Silent Auction. Proceeds support our History Fund!
As always, your History After Hours tickets include two beverages. Select from tasty craft brews provided by Three Magnets Brewing Co., elegant Washington wines provided by Chateau Ste. Michelle, and various sodas.
Family Saturday: Washington's Sweet History
Saturday, December 14, 1:00-3:00 PM
Included with admission
24th Annual Model Train Festival
December 20, 2019-January 1, 2020, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, closed Dec. 24 and 25, open Jan. 1
Included with admission, FREE for members
Note: Discounts and library passes are not valid during Model Train Festival
CLOSED December 24 and 25. OPEN January 1.
Details at www.ModelTrainFestival.org.
Special Member Appreciation Night at Model Train Festival
Saturday, December 21, 5:00-7:30 PM
FREE, Members Only
Last year was so fun, we decided to do it again! The crowds of the day go home at 5:00 but the trains will still be running for our members. Come and enjoy an evening of special access to the Model Train Festival! Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, sweet holiday treats and warm beverages.
Santa will visit for photos from 5:30-7:30 PM. Take part in hands-on activities for the whole family, and other holiday surprises!
Members, watch your mailbox for an invitation in the coming weeks.
A Gallery Game for the Whole Family
TUESDAY – SUNDAY
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.
In the Great Hall
AVAILABLE TUESDAY – SUNDAY
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.
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!