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February 2017
Contact: Wendy Malloy
Museum of History & Industry PR
206 324 1126 Ext. 150

MOHAI Celebrates the Innovation and Creativity of the Pacific Northwest This Winter and Spring with Special Lectures, Maker Days, History Cafés and More

February 1, 2017

SEATTLE, WA – Celebrate the innovation and creativity of the Pacific Northwest this winter and spring at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Start the New Year with a live taping of the popular Spilled Milk Podcast in February. Learn how animals helped make Seattle a city with our annual Denny Lecture in March. Get ready for a city-wide celebration during MOHAI’s Edible City Month in April and honor Earth Day on April 22 by discovering the science behind food at the Edible City Science Fair, inspired by MOHAI’s special exhibit Edible City: A Delicious Journey on view at the museum now through September 10, 2017.

MOHAI offers dynamic public programs, exhibitions and special events that explore many aspects of Seattle’s past and present, from history and culture to technology and innovation.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Details are subject to change, and additional programs and events may be added.
Spilled Milk & Eat it Live Too! LIVE
Friday, February 10, 7–8:30 pm
MOHAI Grand Atrium
$10 MOHAI Members and Spilled Milk subscribers / $15 general public. Purchase tickets online

Join a live taping of the popular podcast Spilled Milk. Podcast hosts, authors, and comedians Molly Wizenberg (Orangette and New York Times bestseller, Delancey) and Matthew Amster-Burton (Pretty Good Number One and Hungry Monkey) begin with a food related topic and run with it as far as they can go. Enjoy a special opening performance by And Eat it Too! podcast co-hosts Molly Gilbert and Sarah Barthelow.

History Café: Executive Order 9066
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:30–7:30 pm
MOHAI, South Lake Cafe

Seventy five years ago, Executive Order 9066 led to the uprooting and imprisonment of 120,000 people for the sole “crime” of their Japanese ancestry. Densho Executive Director, Tom Ikeda, discusses how Executive Order 9066 impacted Seattle-area Japanese Americans and the work Densho does to preserve that history.

Edible City Family Day with Festál
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10 am–5 pm
Free for members; included with museum admission

Uncover the rich cultural diversity of food in the Pacific Northwest with MOHAI and Festál! Enjoy cooking demonstrations, dance performances, craft activities, and more at this all-ages event presented in collaboration with cultural partners from across the Puget Sound region.

MOHAI Community Conversation: Immigrant Life in Uncertain Times
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7–8:30 pm
MOHAI Grand Atrium
Free with preregistration (does not include admission to museum galleries)

King County’s immigrants and refugees have made significant contributions to our region’s creative spirit, culture, and economy. But for many, there is now fear and uncertainty as President Trump acts on his campaign promises to limit immigration and to crackdown on the undocumented and sanctuary cities like Seattle. Enrique Cerna moderates an important community conversation about the challenges and concerns in our immigrant communities.

Taste of the Market Culinary Series: Celebrating NW Sustainable Seafood
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:30–8:30 pm
Atrium Kitchen, Pike Place Market
$30 MOHAI members / $35 general public

Join Chef Zoi Antonitsas and restauranteur Bryan Jarr, the force behind the future Pike Place MarketFront restaurant Jarr & Co., for a celebration of the history and diversity of northwest sustainable seafood.

MOHAI and Pike Place Market have created a series of intimate culinary experiences where history has a place at the table alongside quality, Market-sourced food.

Maker Day: Plant-Based Art and Chemistry
Saturday, February 25, 2017 , 11 am–2 pm
Free for members; included with museum admission

Learn to make non-toxic inks and paints from plants found throughout the city with the makers at ARTLAB, and make creative artwork using plants and chemistry.

Free First Thursday
Tuesday, March 2, 2017 10 am–8 pm

On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to MOHAI’s permanent exhibits is free all day. Be sure to check out the free events in Lake Union Park.

Taste of Place
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7–8:30 pm
$15 MOHAI members; $20 general public. This event is 21+

From the Skagit Valley to the Columbia Gorge, Washington boasts some of the most productive growing regions in the world. How does this fertile land influence artisanal products? This panel discussion brings together experts in geology, food, wine, and cannabis to explore the ways natural phenomena contribute to the creation of some of our state’s most specific aromas and flavors. Learn about and experience Washington terroirs first-hand through guided tastings of local cheese, honey, and wine.

History Café: A Historical Perspective of Homelessness in Seattle
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6:30–7:30 pm

A panel of experts leads a discussion about the history of homelessness in Seattle. What can be learned from the past about homelessness in Seattle today? How did homelessness become a state of emergency in the city? Panelists include: Leonard Garfield, Executive Director, MOHAI; Sinan Demirel, Former Executive Director of Elizabeth Gregory Home and writer for Crosscut; Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club; Tim Harris, Founding Director, Real Change; Catherine Hinrichsen, Director, Project on Family Homelessness, Seattle University.

2017 Denny Lecture with Dr. Frederick L. Brown
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7–8:30 pm
$10 MOHAI members; $15 general public.

MOHAI’s annual Denny Lecture presents the best in regional historical scholarship. This year, Dr. Frederick L. Brown discusses the role of animals in struggles over power, place, and identity throughout Seattle history. Brown is the author of The City Is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle (University of Washington Press), and an independent historian working with the National Park Service.

Maker Day: Upcycled Engineering with Seattle ReCreative
Saturday, March 25, 2017 11 am–2 pm
Free for members; included with museum admission

Discover how recycled goods can be engineered into fun and creative toys! Tinker with Seattle ReCreative and their inventory of recycled materials to make robots, marble runs, and more, and try out Ballard Reuse’s giant interactive maze game made from reclaimed building materials.

Taste of the Market Culinary Series: The Chinese Art of Hand-Pulled Noodles
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:30–8 pm
Atrium Kitchen, Pike Place Market
$30 MOHAI members; $35 general public. Purchase tickets online

Pike Place Market’s regional bounty has inspired food lovers, home cooks, and professional chefs for more than a century. MOHAI and Pike Place Market have created a series of intimate culinary experiences where history has a place at the table alongside quality, Market-sourced food.

Watch Chef Cheng Biao Yang of Country Dough create skeins of slender hand-pulled noodles from a lump of dough, then serves up a spectacular stir-fry. Hosted by award-winning food writer, radio personality, cooking instructor and public speaker, Nancy Leson.

Free First Thursday
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 10 am–8 pm

On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to MOHAI’s permanent exhibits is free all day. This month, MOHAI and the 5th Avenue Theater are pleased to offer a free public performance of Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master. Based on the book by MOHAI historian-emeritus Lorraine McConaghy and Seattle historian Judy Bentley, this new musical tells the tale of young Charles Mitchell, brought to Washington Territory as a slave in 1855, and his escape to British Columbia. McConaghy will be onsite to provide remarks and sign copies of the book. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Edible City Science Fair
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 am–4 pm
Free for members; included with museum admission

Celebrate Earth Day at MOHAI by investigating the science behind food, farming, and sustainability. Enjoy hands-on displays, demonstrations, as well as activities with community groups and organizations from across Washington State. Discover some of the latest innovations in food science! The science fair is open to visitors of all ages.

Seattle Kitchen Live at MOHAI
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7–8:30 pm
$15 MOHAI members / $20 general public
Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, two esteemed Seattle chefs, bring their long-running Seattle Kitchen radio show to MOHAI. See their conversation in action, as they discuss, argue, and laugh about a broad range of topics connected to the city’s food scene. Please visit for updated pricing information.

Seattle Youth Empowerment Day
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 am–4:30 pm
Free, lunch included

Join MOHAI and NonprofitLeader.Org for Seattle’s third annual Youth Empowerment Day. During this day-long event, teens will have the opportunity to work alongside local nonprofit leaders to deepen their knowledge of issues affecting their local peers and gain hands-on experience making an impact in their own communities. Youth Empowerment Day features a variety of sessions combining guest speakers and hands-on activities with a focus on solutions. Open to teens ages 13-18.

Location, Hours and Admission

MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Ave. in Seattle. Exhibit gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily. Admission is free on first Thursdays and the galleries are open until 8 pm (special extended hours from 10 am to 8 pm on Thursdays during July and August. Regular admission applies). Admission to Edible City: A Delicious Journey is included with regular MOHAI admission of $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors (62 and above); $13.95 for students and military (with ID); free for children 14 and under (when accompanied by an adult) and MOHAI members. For more information, call 206 324 1126.


MOHAI is dedicated to enriching lives through preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. As the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington; the museum engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources, and award-winning public and youth education programs.

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