A Thousand Words' Worth: Washington Authors Tell Stories With Objects. On view March 9 through August 4, 2019.

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:
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. Included with admission, FREE for members.
Wine & Words, Friday March 15, 6:00-8:30 PM, a Member and Invitation-only Event: The Historical Society invites our members and special guests to enjoy an evening exploring A Thousand Words' Worth. Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. Hear from the exhibitions team about the development of this exhibition and the important work WSHS is doing to explore how history connects us all. RSVP by March 7, email
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
Book Fair, Saturday, April 6, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Meet authors, buy books, and get creative! In celebration of the new exhibition A Thousand Words Worth: Washington Authors Tell Stories Through Objects, the museum will host its first ever book fair. Meet and hear from some of the authors who participated in the exhibition; get your books signed! Shop for books from Washington authors and publishers representing a wide range of genres. Enjoy hands-on fun for all ages with Write 253, Short Run, and Olympia Zine Club. Included with museum admission, FREE for members.
Question & Answer with Washington Author David Guterson, Saturday April 6, 6:00-7:30 PM.
At 7 Seas Brewing, 2101 Jefferson Avenue, Tacoma just a few blocks from the museum.
Immediately following the Museum Book Fair, head over the 7 Seas Brewing just a few blocks from the History Museum to join in a casual Q&A with Snow Falling on Cedars author David Guterson. Bring your questions or just enjoy listening! Ever wonder how Washington history or geography influences our local authors? How do writers avoid writers’ block? Where do authors find inspiration for their stories? The event is FREE and open to the public. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Scholarly Selections: Young Adult Dystopias in Popular Culture, Thursday April 18, 6:30-8:00 PM
FREE and open to the public.
Dystopian fiction is an incredibly popular genre with series like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, read by both young people and older adults. UW Tacoma Assistant Professor Andrea Modarres will explore the popularity of dystopian fiction, asking, “How do dystopian novels use fictional settings to express fears or anxieties about real-world issues?”

Family Saturdays at the History Museum: Make Your Own Book, Saturday May 11, 1:00-3:00 PM
Join museum staff and other families in the galleries to see the work of authors who have been inspired by Washington State. Then, create a journal or book of your own in our facilitated family zine-making workstation! Included with museum admission, FREE for members.

Scholarly Selections: From Emily Dickinson to Lucinda Williams, Thursday May 16, 6:30-8:00 PM
FREE and open to the public
Join UW Tacoma Senior Lecturer Nicole Blair for a discussion of the roots of Americana music by women. Blair proposes that poets like Dickinson paved the way for songwriters like Williams. She will discuss how Americana music provides female singer-songwriters with a way to express their lived experiences, which not only empowers women, but uplifts society as a whole.