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Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA



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Summer Kids' Maker Market

Children,Craft Show,Fair/Festival

Entrepreneurial makers ages 4-18 are invited to bring their hand-crafted items to sell at a special Kids Maker Market, inspired by the exhibition Make/Do: A History of Creative Reuse (on view July 14-Dec. 6). The Kids Maker Market will be held on Free Third Thursday August 16 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Kids can rent tables for $10 to sell their handmade wares. This is an opportunity for youth to experience the creative process, bring their ideas to life, and exercise business skills on a small scale. Visitors can make something of their own at a craft table and enjoy snacks while they shop. Local maker Allison Stewart Bishins is organizingt this event for the History Museum. For more information, contact Allison at


• Thu 8/16/18 at 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Sleight of Hand: Magic and Spiritualism in the Early 20th Century

Magic, Community Event

Sleight of Hand: Magic and Spiritualism in the Early 20th Century, August 4, 2018-January 20, 2019 What is magic? Is it the magician who levitates a woman above the darkened stage of the Pantages Theater? The medium who gazes into the depths of Commencement Bay to awaken the ghosts of lost sailors? The escape artist who dangles himself in a straitjacket from the Seattle Times building, smiling at the crowds below? Magic is all of these things and more. An art of deception and wonder, magic has been practiced throughout human history as a means not only to entertain but also to enlighten. We think of magic in the modern era as a brief amusement, yet in times past, this craft was used in places as disparate as religious ceremonies, public speaking, and warfare. Magic has also served as a platform for the voiceless to speak, as seen in the connections between spiritualism and the suffragette movement. This exhibition showcases the magicians who came through the Pacific Northwest. It tells the intriguing story of how magic has impacted society as a whole, giving the discipline historical significance while entertaining and engaging the public. We're not divulging the secrets of magic (sorry!), but rather seek to delight visitors through sharing lost arts and mysteries. Come and be amazed!


• Sat 8/4/18 - Sun 1/20/19 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM