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Smith Brothers Farms, a Kent Legacy
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Kent Historical Museum

Smith Brothers Farms is a Kent-based, family-owned and operated dairy that has been serving the greater Puget Sound area for more than 90 years. One of the largest independent dairies in the region, the company processes and delivers milk and other dairy products to more than 50,000 homes every week. The exhibit includes artifacts from doing nine decades of business – everything from business ledgers, milk crates, milk bottles, uniforms, photographs, and a framed Milkman Creed! 

The museum, 855 E Smith Street in Kent, has extended hours for summer – 10 AM – 4 PM, Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, visit


Salish Modern – Innovative Art with Ancient Roots
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Woven wool wearing blanket, vest and skirt by Gail White Eagle, Muckleshoot

White River Valley Museum
Dates: Now through 12/17/2017

Salish Modern spotlights contemporary pieces inspired by Coast Salish Native traditions. Kenneth Greg Watson guest curates; he has brought together artwork borrowed from galleries, museums, artists and collectors to provide a stunning overview of the surprisingly modern work of today’s Salish artists.

The White River Valley Museum is located at 918 H Street SE, Auburn. Salish Modern is sponsored by: 4Culture, Association of Tribal Art Dealers of America (ATADA), City of Auburn Arts Commission, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, and Tulalip Tribe Charitable Contributions.


Life on the Cut
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Crane barge passing through the Chittenden Locks, 1975 – photo courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives

Seattle Municipal Archives

This new online exhibit features a collection of field survey property photographs containing color slides of homes and businesses located in neighborhoods along the Lake Washington Ship Canal (LWSC). The development of these neighborhoods was spurred by transportation and trade activities made possible by the LWSC project. Taken between the years 1974-1980, the photos feature examples of maritime activity that took place during the mid-to-late 1970s along Salmon Bay, the Fremont Cut, Lake Union and the Montlake Cut. 

Highlights include snapshots of Old Ballard, Foss Maritime, the celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard, the Maritime Shipyards, and Gas Works Park.

Funded by a heritage grant from 4Culture, this exhibit is part of “Making the Cut,” a region-wide consortium of institutions participating in the 2017 centennial of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.




Now artifacts can be viewed via virtual museum
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For the past year the items in the Greeks in Washington collection have been photographed and uploaded to a searchable database.  The photos and descriptions of the items in ten categories (textiles, costumes and clothing, photos/slides, documents, audio recordings, film/video/DVD, bound volumes/printed materials, newspapers, art work and other artifacts).  They are now accessible from the home page  Simply click on “THE COLLECTION” and follow the prompt.

Since 2009, date, the Museum has received over 600 items that serve to help share the stories of the Greek experience in Washington State.  These items have been donated or loaned to the Museum and are cataloged and preserved in the Museum archive.  Items are organized by category.  There is also a special section dedicated to the AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) family.

The physical archive is available by appointment for viewing and research purposes. E-mail or call 206-325-8554.


A History of Renton in 75 Objects
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This neon detail captures a specific time and place in Renton – photo credit, Renton History Museum

Renton History Museum
Dates: 6/1/2017 – 1/20/2018

If you had to sum up the rich variety of Renton’s history in 75 objects—from coal mining to Boeing, from the Cedar River to the Renton Highlands—what would you choose? The Renton History Museum’s team of University of Washington Museology students had a tough time, but they did it. Enjoy the best—and most unusual—artifacts and photos from the Renton History Museum’s collection in this exercise in visualizing Renton history.

The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. Admission is $5/adults, $2/children.



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