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Witness to Wartime: The Painted Diary of Takuichi Fujii

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018

The Washington State History Museum is honored to be the first museum to feature this exhibition of artworks by Takuichi Fujii. Incarcerated during World War II as a result of Executive Order 9066, his work sheds light on difficult events that most Americans did not experience, the lessons of which remain highly relevant today.

Takuichi Fujii drew and painted throughout the three and a half years of his imprisonment, from his forced removal in May, 1942 through the closure of Minidoka War Relocation Center in October, 1945. His ink drawings, paintings, and three dimensional works documented and powerfully convey the harsh environment, as well as the inmates’ daily routines, deprivations, experiences, and pastimes. Collectively, they present a historical record through a sensitive and personal lens, offering a view not available in the official photography of the time. They also reveal Fujii’s remarkable resilience and perseverance in continuing his project until he left Minidoka in late 1945, and expand his story from victimization to agency.

Approximately 70 of Fujii's works are displayed, including some created before his incarceration. Visitors can also scroll through a digital version of Fujii’s nearly 400-page diary to see the evolution of his experiences and his artmaking. 

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Loyal Opposition: The Protest Photos of George P. Hickey

Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, December 3, 2017

Gallery Talk with Photojournalist George P. Hickey - Thursday, November 16, 5:30 PM. Hear about his experiences as a freelance photographer and the journalistic thrill when that “decisive moment” presents itself. 

See the compelling work of self-taught Washington photojournalist George P. Hickey, who recently donated a substantial body of prints and negatives to Washington State Historical Society. Hickey’s protest photographs have appeared in The Stranger, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Real Change, and other notable publications. 

By placing himself on the front lines, Hickey captured critical moments with dramatic results. Experience the collective impact of approximately 80 photographs of the 1990s Seattle WTO protests, as well as animal rights, gay pride, and anti-war rallies. Hickey's photos are accompanied by protest-related objects from the Historical Society’s collections. 

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Glasnost & Goodwill: Citizen Diplomacy in the Northwest

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Sunday, January 21, 2018

Preview Party Thursday, October 5, 5:30 - 8:00! Free for members, $15 for non-members; tickets here.

Explore the stories of citizens who, at a point of extreme and prolonged political tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, took peaceful yet unprecedented action. Experience the fascinating journeys of fellow Northwesterners who aimed to thaw the Cold War through people-to-people connections. Revisit the 1990 Goodwill Games, learn intriguing details about the Mount Everest Earth Day 20 International Peace Climb, and get inspired by the grassroots diplomacy of ordinary Washingtonians.  
Related events include lectures and a symposium in January. Check our events calendar for more.
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