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Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA



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Unlocking the Future: Life After Incarceration


Join us for a panel discussion about life after incarceration and paths to the future. This event is moderated by Omari Amili, author, educator, and leader on contemporary issues surrounding incarceration. Afterward, join us for a reception and see the exhibition Unlocking McNeil’s Past with museum staff.


• Sat 3/2/19 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Family Saturdays at the History Museum: Write Your World

Community Event, For the Family

Explore how history connects us all during our Family Saturdays. Join a museum facilitator and other families in our galleries to learn about artifacts on view, then make something of your own.  This month’s Family Saturday features a writing activity inspired by our new exhibit, A Thousand Words’ Worth: Washington Authors Tell Stories with Objects. In this exhibit, Washington authors selected objects and ephemera from the Historical Society’s collections to tell stories without words.  This activity is designed for children ages 4-12 but all ages are welcome.


• Sat 3/9/19 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Women's History Wikithon

Education, Volunteer Event, Community Event

Scholars and interested citizens are invited to come together for an afternoon of collaboration to create or improve Wikipedia pages related to Washington State’s suffrage history. Learn from seasoned “Wikipedians” how to edit wiki pages, and work in small groups with women’s history experts. Honor Women’s History Month by updating our reference materials to reflect the dedicated work of Washington’s women suffragists. Bring a brown bag lunch, we’ll provide snacks. Hosted by Washington State Historical Society.


• Sat 3/9/19 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Scholarly Selections | The History and Politics of Space Exploration


UW Tacoma Senior Lecturer Emeritus Linda Dawson is an Aerospace Engineer and a former Aerodynamics Officer in NASA's Houston Control Center who worked on the Space Shuttle program. In her book, The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration, she reflects on the history of space exploration and how it has been directed by political parties and their associated government funding. The “new” U. S. space program is discussed along with the future of space exploration, which has become increasingly dependent on other countries and private enterprise. In this talk she will also give a glimpse of her next book on outer space as the next theater of war and how society has become increasingly dependent on spacecraft in our daily lives and to conduct business. A partnership of the UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and the Washington State History Museum, the Scholarly Selections series brings UWT scholars’ work to the public in an informal setting. Talks are held on the Third Thursday of the month when admission to the museum is free.


• Thu 3/21/19 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Third Thursday at Washington State History Museum

For the Family, Education, Community Event

Free admission at the History Museum, 3:00-8:00 PM. Enjoy all of our exhibitions and a free Scholarly Selections lecture too.


• Thu 3/21/19 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Thu 4/18/19 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Thu 5/16/19 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Thu 6/20/19 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Thu 7/18/19 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Thu 8/15/19 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Thu 9/19/19 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Thu 10/17/19 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Thu 11/21/19 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Thu 12/19/19 at 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM