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Seattle on the Spot
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Jitterbug Couple, 1944. MOHAI, Al Smith Collection.

Museum of History & Industry
Now through 6/17/2018

Al Smith’s photography chronicled Seattle’s vibrant Central District neighborhood and the city’s African American community with great warmth and intimacy. Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith honors 65 years of Smith’s brilliantly expressive documentary photography and celebrates the neighborhood and people who inspired him. Take a look at Seattle through this distinctive lens.

Smith’s personal story is as compelling as his photography. He described himself as “a real native son.” Smith grew up at Fifth Avenue and Jefferson Street above a grocery store and attended O’Dea High School in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. After sailing around the Pacific Rim as a steward on merchant vessels, Smith returned to Seattle with a new camera and a desire to capture his home city on film. What started as a hobby soon became an art and a profession. He eventually started taking his hobby more seriously and formed his On the Spot photography side business.

Seattle on the Spot is a special glimpse into Seattle’s African American community, the local jazz scene, as well as the life and the work of this unique artist. Smith’s pictures give a peek into a vibrant part of Seattle’s history and culture.

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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
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Photo courtesy of MOHAI, circa 1900

Museum of History & Industry
Now through 5/31/2018

Cats and dogs are a familiar presence in Seattle. It’s no wonder that they officially outnumber human children in our city. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs brings together rarely seen objects and images from MOHAI’s collection taking a closer look at Puget Sound history through the stories of cats and dogs. Guaranteed fun for animal lovers of all ages–this exhibit shows the importance of these animals throughout history.

Discover rarely seen objects from MOHAI’s collections that illustrate the lasting love people have for their pets. See artifacts that speak to moments in Seattle’s history, as well as show these furry companions as symbols and decorations.

Changes in Seattle history are preserved through cat and dog stories that highlight their shifting roles from workers to fur-children, their portrayal as symbols, as well as a couple “strays,” or objects that do not fit into a theme, are a bit of a mystery, or have never been exhibited before.

The Museum of History & Industry is located at the south end of Lake Union in Seattle. For more information on this exhibit, click here


WWI exhibit available
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Photo of soldiers at Camp Lewis courtesy of Washington State Historical Society

To honor and commemorate the World War One Centennial, the Washington State Historical Society has created a special exhibit, available free of charge to heritage and cultural organizations, schools and higher education institutions, libraries, military and government agencies.This interesting exhibit is easy to print and display.    
The WWI exhibit files will be e-mailed in PDF format to quantifying organizations with suggestions for programming and display.   Production files are available in the following sizes: 11 x 18, 18 x 24, or 24 x 36 inches. For more information e-mail or call 360-586-0166.  


It’s Just Part of Who We Are
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Greeks in Washington 

A new online exhibit is featured on the Greeks in Washington website. This features sisters Mary Lou Barton and Joanne Zarkades, and traces the journey of their mother, Eleni (Helen) Fountoukakis, and father, Constantine (Gus) Zarkades to this country and the story of their parents’ courtship and marriage. Gus and Helen had three sons and two daughters, and raised their family on Beacon Hill.

These days, both Mary Lou and Joanne are involved in the Greek Orthodox Church of the  Assumption, which their parents helped to found in 1939. Learn more about the Zarkades sisters and their life growing up here.


Still Afloat: Historic Small Craft of King County
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The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats has an exhibit in its Boathouse Gallery that highlights four unique and historic wooden boat designs that enjoy a permanent place in the CWB collection: Blanchard Junior Knockabout, Geary 18, Kitten Class, and Hvalsoe Lapstrake Dinghy. This exhibit features the legacies of these renowned small craft and their impact on marine recreation, as well as inspiring stories that chronicle the interwoven histories of The Center for Wooden Boats, Lake Union and Seattle.

The Center for Wooden Boats is located at 1010 Valley Street at the south end of Seattle’s Lake Union.



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