A Thousand Words' Worth: Washington Authors Tell Stories With Objects. On view March 9 through August 24, 2019.
Coming this spring, a very special exhibition for those who love artifacts and literature!
We invited well-loved Washington authors to mine the Historical Society’s collections to tell stories through artifacts and objects. Each author worked with the Historical Society's curator, head of collections, or registrar to consider the many items in the collections, and chose arrays of objects that spoke to them, sometimes evoking themes from published work and sometimes inspiring new writing ideas.
Come and enjoy these authors' selections paired with their writing and explore how history connects to popular culture and other parts of the humanities. Authors include:
- Octavia Butler
- Claudia Castro-Luna
- Keith and Chenoa Egawa
- Kathleen Flenniken
- Jamie Ford
- Samuel Green
- Dave Guterson
- Frank and Brian Herbert
- Dr. Charles Johnson
- Debbie Macomber
- Betty MacDonald represented by Paula Becker
- John Okada represented by Frank Abe
- Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring
- Shawn Wong
Related Programs and Events
Family Saturday: Write Your World, Saturday, March 9, 1:00-3:00 PM. Join a museum facilitator and other families to get inspired in the exhibit. Then take part in a writing activity to create something of your own! This program is designed for children ages 4-12 but all ages are welcome.
Wine & Words, Thursday, March 14, 6:00-8:00 PM, a Member and Invitation-only Event: The Historical Society invites our members to enjoy a special evening with authors whose works are featured in A Thousand Words' Worth. Hear, in their own words, what about our collection inspired them and how they selected objects with which to tell stories. Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres. Members, kindly RSVP to Julia.White@wshs.wa.gov by March 7.
Tacoma Louder Than A Bomb Teen Poetry Festival: Preliminaries, Saturday, March 16, 10:00 AM-7:00 PM, and Sunday, March 17, 1:00-5:00 PM. The History Museum is thrilled to host two of the preliminary rounds for Write 253's annual teen poetry festival. Hear original poetry from teens in schools throughout South Puget Sound as they compete for spots in the finals. More info at Write253.com/LTAB-2019.