Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 10:30 AM – Noon
Hosted by Renton History Museum
Location: 235 Mill Avenue South, Renton, WA 98057
Program: Treasuring Oral Histories
If you’ve got 150 oral interviews and transcripts collected since the 1970s you’ve learned some lessons along the way about how to create and share those stories. The Renton History Museum has done just that and is now working on new strategies for collecting oral histories representative of their diverse community, including taking over the “Storytelling Tent” at the city’s annual Multicultural Festival. Public Engagement Coordinator Kim Owens and Museum Director Liz Stewart will review those lessons learned at AKCHO’s next member meeting on November 28. We hope to have a wide-ranging conversation about collecting and sharing oral histories, so please bring along your own examples for a roundtable discussion.
Renton History Museum received a 4Culture grant to digitize its oral history cassette tapes in 2012 and staff have also processed and transcribed most of the collection. Recordings include an audio tour of coal mines with a former miner, and rare recordings of Duwamish songs by Joe Moses, grandson of Chief William, in 1942. Other interviews include reflections on the explosion of Renton’s population during World War II. One gem is the memory that Sherman tanks built at PACCAR were supposed to be a war secret, and yet they routinely tested them on the hill above Renton’s Greenwood Cemetery!
From the North: Take Exit #4 from I-405 South, to Sunset Boulevard Northeast. Turn right on Bronson Way North, and get into the far left lane before it crosses the Cedar River. After crossing the river, turn left onto Mill Avenue South. Proceed two blocks to the Museum on the right.
From the South: Take Exit #2 from I-405 North. At the traffic light turn right on Grady Way and proceed until the street turns left on Main. Proceed on Main, getting into the left hand lane until it crosses the railroad tracks and intersects with Third. As the street curves, the Museum is on the left.
Regular parking is at the 200 Mill Lot; use the crosswalk toward 2nd Street to cross Mill Avenue. Limited and handicapped parking spaces are available directly in front of and behind the Museum.
Hosted by the Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Avenue S, Renton. Phone: 425-255-2330.