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These programs are included with admission to the History Museum or $5 for program-only admission. Free to WSHS Members. For more information, contact Dave Beals at 253-798-5879 or dave.beals@wshs.wa.gov.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

"National Park Roads: An American Landscape Legacy"
Saturday, September 24, 2016National Park Roads: An American Landscape Legacy
2:00 p.m.

Tim Davis, senior historian with the National Parks Service and author of National Park Roads: A Legacy of the American Landscape, specializes in studying the cultural significance of natural and manmade landscapes. Join us as he examines the difficult balance of providing access to our treasured parks while also preserving their natural state. With over 307 million visitors to the National Park System in 2015 alone, the roadways to and through the parks stand as a critical point in that balance. Davis will discuss how park roads have shaped the beloved parks of the Pacific Northwest, as well as their broader impact on parks nationwide.



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

 

Family Day - Roots of Wisdom. Native Knowledge. Shared Science Exhibit Opening
Saturday, September 17, 2016Roots of Wisdom Exhibit Opening
12:00 p.m.

The Washington State History Museum is teaming up with the Slater Museum of Natural History to celebrate the opening of the new exhibit Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science. Starting at 12 p.m., the family-friendly program will feature an introduction to scientific illustration for visitors of all ages, and a look into the history of artistic representation of animals in the Northwest.

Stick around after the program or stop by throughout the afternoon until 4 p.m. to examine some of the Slater Museum’s scientific specimens, try your hand at making natural dyes, and be the first to see the exciting and interactive Roots of Wisdom exhibit.

 


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

"Riding the Rails"
Friday, September 2, 2016Gallery Talk: Riding the Rails
3:00 p.m.

Jumping trains during the Great Depression was a life of constant danger. Chased from one town to the next while looking for work, many hobos lost life and limb while traveling roads and rails. Come to this gallery talk with museum curator Gwen Whiting to hear more about those who rode the rails.

 


HISTORY SPEAKS 

“Daughter of the Stars: ZR-1 Comes to the Pacific Northwest” with Lee Corbin
Tuesday, August 30, 2016Daughter to the Stars
12:00 noon

In October of 1924, the US Navy’s ill-fated dirigible, USS Shenandoah, became the first rigid airship to fly across the United States. Departing from Lakehurst, New Jersey, the Shenandoah made it to Tacoma, Washington before turning around and heading back.

Join historian Lee Corbin as he uncovers the Shenandoah’s history, including some still visible remnants from its visit to Washington.

 

"Bringing Back the Fisher" with Zach Radmer and Dr. Jeff Lewis
Tuesday, September 27, 2016Bringing the Fisher Back
12:00 noon

Fishers are a North American member of the weasel family, which includes otters, wolverines, and marten. These wide-ranging carnivores once roamed western Washington State, but by the mid-20th century they had been eliminated from our forests due to over-trapping and predator control campaigns.

Zach Radmer (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and Dr. Jeff Lewis (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) will present the history of the fisher in our state, and what conservation agencies and organizations are doing to restore healthy populations.
 

"Forgotten Faces: Tacoma's Jewish Pioneers"
Tuesday, October 25, 2016Forgotten Faces: Tacoma's Jewish Pioneers
12:00 p.m.

Join us as Deb Freedman shares stories collected during research for her new book Tacoma's Dry Goods and Wet Goods: Nineteenth Century Jewish Pioneers. Prompted by the question, "Grandma, where did you get the pictures," Freedman's book presents the previously undocumented history of Tacoma's Jewish community during the latter half of the 1800s.


SCHOLARLY SELECTIONS

Scholarly Selections have concluded for the school year. Check back in the fall for more!
 
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