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See all upcoming events in the Explore It! quarterly newsletter
 
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

 

Washington State Historical Society's 125th Birthday Bash!
Saturday, October 8, 2016WSHS 125th Birthday Bash
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Come help us celebrate as the Washington State Historical Society turns 125 with an afternoon of fun programs, live music, games, activities, and more!

 

 

"Cultivating Compassion" 
Sunday, October 16, 2016Cultivating Compassion
2:00 p.m.

Join us as Dr. Barry Kerzin—Buddhist monk, founder of Altruism in Medicine, and personal physician to the Dalai Lama—discusses how the building blocks of compassion lead to a state of happiness that impacts our health, well-being, and community.
 
This program is presented in partnership with the University of Washington-Tacoma. Co-sponsored by the University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts and MultiCare Bioethics.
 
 
 

Veterans Day Event: "Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers"
Friday, November 11, 2016Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers
3:00 p.m.

Join us as we commemorate Veterans Day with a program by Lawrence Matsuda, author of the graphic novel Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers.Through readings, discussion, and multimedia, Matsuda presents the stories of several Nisei U.S. citizens who volunteered into service in the U.S. Army while incarcerated in internment camps during WWII. Included in the program will be a showing of "An American Hero: Shiro Kashino"—an animated adaptation of a chapter from Matsuda's book, which just won a regional Emmy Award this summer.
 
Admission is free on Veterans Day for active-duty, retired military, and their families.
 
 
 

History Happy Hour: Trivia Night!
at The Swiss Restaurant & PubWashington Trivia Night
1904 S Jefferson
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:00 p.m.

Think you know Washington? Come to the Swiss Restaurant & Pub to test your knowledge on Washington facts for a chance to win prizes in our trivia night challenge! We're joining forces once again with the City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Department and the Tacoma Historical Society to bring you the most fun-filled factoids about your city and state.
 
 

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.

 


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

A Revolution You Can Dance To: Indie Music in the Northwest
Friday, October 7, 2016A Revolution You Can Dance To
3:00 p.m.

Join exhibit curator Len Balli to hear how the Olympia music scene gave rise to a national movement that forever reshaped music, art, and social norms.


"The Pig War"
Friday, November 4, 2016The Pig War
3:00 p.m.

During a tense period in U.S.-Great Britain relations, the shooting of a pig on San Juan Island in 1859 brought the two nations to the brink of war. Join WSHS Communications Director and historian Erich Ebel as he explores this curious event in Washington's history.


"The Wellington Avalanche"
Friday, December 2, 2016The Wellington Avalanche
3:00 p.m.

Learn more about a dark chapter in Washington's history as WSHS Lead Curator Gwen Whiting discusses the Wellington avalanche, which struck a train depot and remains the deadliest avalanche in U.S. history.



HISTORY SPEAKS 


"Forgotten Faces: Tacoma's Jewish Pioneers" with Deb Freedman
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.


"Washington's Wolves" with Diane Gallegos and Linda Saunders
Tuesday, November 29, 2016Washington's Wolves
12:00 p.m.

Join Diane Gallegos and Linda Saunders of Wolf Haven International as they discuss the importance of conserving Washington's wild wolves and providing a sanctuary for those needing rescue. They will also describe new efforts and methods in prairie conservation taking place at their Tenino sanctuary.



SCHOLARLY SELECTIONS


"Sex Crimes Legislation: Are We Throwing Logic to the Wind" with Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman
Thursday, October 20, 2016Examining Sex Crimes
6:30 p.m.

Since the early 1990s federal and state lawmakers have passed intensive, sweeping legislation on sex crimes. Join Dr. Ackerman, Association Professor of Criminal Justice at University of Washington - Tacoma, as she examines how these laws have impacted our communities and the criminal justice system.


"Poetry, Women & War" with Abby E. Murray
Thursday, November 17, 2016Poetry, Women & War
6:30 p.m.

University of Washington-Tacoma lecturer Abby E. Murray explores landmarks in the poetry of war by women authors from WWII-present.


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