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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Film Screening – Love and Solidarity
Thursday, May 19, 2016Film Screening - Love and Solidarity
2:00 p.m.

Join us for a screening of the documentary Love and Solidarity: Rev. James Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Workers' Rights, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker—civil rights and labor historian Michael K. Honey—as well as nonviolence scholar and UWT assistant professor Elizabeth Bruch. The film explores the impact of nonviolence in social justice movements through an examination of the life and teachings of civil rights activist Rev. James Lawson.

To watch a trailer of the film, visit the Love and Solidarity website.


Film Screening – Eyes of the Totem
Saturday, June 4, 2016Film Screening - Eyes of the Totem
3:00 p.m.

Come to the museum for a screening of the film Eyes of the Totem. The movie, filmed and produced in Tacoma in 1926 by H. C. Weaver Studios, was considered lost to history until it was recently located in the archives of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Historian Michael Sullivan will introduce the film and discuss the historical context of its creation.

Watch a trailer for Eyes of the Totem


FAMILY PROGRAMS

MUSEO - A Gallery Game for the Whole Family
Museo_188x125Wednesday through Sunday
Museum hours

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

 

Hunting for Treasures in the Great Hall
Tuesday through Sunday
Museum hours

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.

 


EXHIBIT PROGRAMS

Exhibit Opening: Cutting Edge – Art Quilts of Washington
Saturday, April 16, 2016Exhibit Opening: Cutting Edge - Art Quilts of Washington
1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Visit the History Museum for a first glimpse of the new exhibit Cutting Edge – Art Quilts of Washington. Check out the beautiful art quilts showcased in the exhibit, try your hand at some fun quilting activities, and tour the exhibit with the artists.


 

These programs are included with admission to the History Museum. Free to WSHS Members. For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or dave.beals@wshs.wa.gov.


GALLERY TALKS

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

"Art Quilts of Washington"
Friday, May 6, 2016Art Quilts of Washington
3:00 p.m.

Join Lynette Miller, Head of Collections and curator of Cutting Edge – Art Quilts of Washington, for an in-depth exploration of the exhibit's featured quilts.

 

"From the Boldt Decision to the Leschi Exoneration"
Friday, June 3, 2016From the Bolt Decision to the Leschi Exoneration
3:00 p.m.

Learn the extensive history behind Chief Leschi's canoe paddle–one of the notable artifacts on display in 125 Years of Collecting and Connecting–with museum expert Susan Rohrer.


For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or dave.beals@wshs.wa.gov.

HISTORY SPEAKS

Camp Harmony image

“Remembering Camp Harmony” with Elsie Taniguchi and Cho Shimizu
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
12:00 noon

Elsie Taniguchi and Cho Shimizu share recollections and stories from their time of incarceration at "Camp Harmony" at the Puyallup Fairgrounds during WWII. The camp, created to house Japanese and Japanese American citizens as they were forcibly relocated from their homes, served as a holding area before the internees were sent to
permanent camps.

 

Eyes of the Totem Rediscovered” with Lauren Hoogkamer
Tuesday, May 31, 2016Eyes of the Totem Rediscovered
12:00 noon

Lauren Hoogkamer, Historic Preservation Coordinator for the City of Tacoma, discusses her recent rediscovery of the long-lost silent film, Eyes of the Totem, which was filmed and produced in Tacoma in 1926.

 

“Beyond the Cutting Edge” with the Contemporary QuiltArt Association
Tuesday, June 28, 2016Beyond the Cutting Edge
12:00 noon

Members of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association talk about their works on display in the exhibit Cutting Edge – Art Quilts of Washington, and discuss the ever-evolving techniques of contemporary quilting.


These programs are included with admission to the History Museum. Free to WSHS Members. For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or dave.beals@wshs.wa.gov.

SCHOLARLY SELECTIONS

"Singing for Tacoma: Mrs. Goheen and the Lincoln High Choirs"
Thursday, April 21, 2016Singing for Tacoma: Mrs. Goheen and the Lincoln High Choirs
6:30 p.m. 

University of Washington-Tacoma lecturer Kim Davenport explores the history of Lincoln High School's elite choral program of the 1920s–1950s. Guided by Margaret Rawson Goheen, Lincoln High's choirs traveled the nation, sang with Paul Robeson, and won national awards. In her presentation, "Singing for Tacoma: Mrs. Goheen and the Lincoln High Choirs," Davenport will share her research, including artifacts and photographs from Mrs. Goheen's own scrapbooks, to reflect on one of the brightest points in Tacoma's musical history. This program is offered in partnership with UWT.


"The Evolutionary Power of Stories"
Thursday, May 19, 2016The Evolutionary Power of Stories
6:30 p.m. 

In "The Evolutionary Power of Stories to Comfort, Connect, and Create: Virginia Woolf and Literary Darwinism," UWT lecturer Linda Nicole Blair examines the power of stories to help us survive and thrive as a species through their ability to comfort us, connect us to each other, and make us think creatively about the world in which we live. This program is offered in partnership with UWT.


All Scholarly Selections events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or dave.beals@wshs.wa.gov.

Museo

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.

More for Kids

Treasure Hunting

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.

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