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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2018
Contact: Wendy Malloy
Museum of History & Industry PR
media@mohai.org
206 324 1126 Ext. 150

Special Lectures, Maker Days, History Cafés And Swing Into A Jazz Party At MOHAI This Spring!

April 1, 2018

Seattle, WA – Join the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) for programs this spring including the popular History Café, Maker Days, and a special Mother’s Day Trunk Show. Get your Seattle on the Spot fix during On the Spot Gallery Talks as speakers share their memories and personal connections to the histories recorded by Al Smith’s camera, inspired by MOHAI’s special exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith. Get ready to party at MOHAI on April 20 during the Hep Cat Ball (vintage attire encouraged).

Also, mark your calendar for MOHAI’s Hot Nights, Cool Jazz in June! Please check the website soon for updated details.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:

Details are subject to change, and additional programs and events may be added.

THU APRIL 5 

Free First Thursday

10 am—8 pm

MOHAI

On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to MOHAI is free all day long! Special programs and activities will be available throughout the day. On Free First Thursdays, enjoy free admission to our permanent exhibits during extended hours, from 10 am to 8 pm.

Special exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, and MOHAI’s popular miniature Hammons House, are accessible at a special rate on first Thursdays of $8 for adults, $6 for student/senior/military.

 

SAT APRIL 7                                        

On the Spot Gallery Talks

First Saturday of the Month through June

11 am & 1 pm

MOHAI, Walker Gallery

Free for MOHAI members / Included with admission

Dive deeper into the world captured in Al Smith’s photographs with 30 minute gallery talks on the first Saturday of the month. Speakers share their memories and personal connections to the histories recorded by Al Smith’s camera, bringing these vibrant images to life.

 This month’s featured speakers are Howard Giske and Al “Butch” Smith Jr. Giske is the MOHAI curator of Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith. Smith Jr. is Al Smith’s son, and worked closely with MOHAI throughout the creation of Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith.

 

SAT APRIL 14

Living Voices

Journey From the Dust

1 & 2 pm

MOHAI, Joshua Green Foundation Theater

Free for members; included with museum admission

Share the story of America’s families confronted by the stock market crash of 1929 and the Dust Bowl. Struggling to keep his family together, one young man experiences the loss of his home, the separation of his family, and economic prejudice. Travel hundreds of miles from Oklahoma to the Grand Coulee Dam and discover an American tragedy and the courage to survive. Living Voices combines live theatrical performances with archival film, turning history into a moving personal journey. This showing is suitable for guests 11 years of age and older.

 

TUE APRIL 17                                                

Community Conversation: Facing the Opioid Epidemic

7 pm

MOHAI

$5 MOHAI members/$10 General Public

Recently declared a “national public health emergency,” opioid related deaths kill more people in Washington State than automobile accidents or firearms. Join Enrique Cerna as he moderates an important community conversation examining how King County can tackle the growing epidemic of opioid addiction. Presented in partnership with King County TV. Complimentary childcare available during the program by advance registration for children ages 4 and up. Also, stay tuned for Taking Action: Facing the Opioid Epidemic program on May 2. Details at MOHAI.org

 

WED APRIL 18

History Café

Cows in the Commons & Seattle’s Unique Animal History

6:30 pm

Virginia V, docked behind MOHAI

Free

Join us for a special History Cafe hosted on the historic Virginia V steamship. Animals of all sorts, but especially domestic ones, have had a surprisingly important role in the making and remaking of Seattle and other major cities. Cows were among the most important, providing milk, labor, meat, and companionship, and standing as symbols of progress or backwardness. Join historian Frederick L. Brown as he explores the hidden history of Seattle’s animal past, and how it may help us think about our animal present. History Cafe is co-presented with MOHAI, The Seattle Public Library, and HistoryLink.org.

 

FRI APRIL 20

The Hep Cat Ball

Vintage Attire Encouraged!

8 pm to midnight

MOHAI

Cost: $20 MOHAI Members and Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Ticket Holders/$35 General Public

Swing into a Jazz Party at MOHAI. Celebrate the landmark exhibit, Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, with 1940s-style live jazz, dancing and performances. Hors d’oeuvres included, drinks available for purchase. Presented in conjunction with the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, through collaborations with the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and LANGSTON. Generous support provided by Amazon.

 

SAT APRIL 28

Maker Day

Start Soldering!

12 pm

MOHAI

Free for members; included with museum admission

Try your hand at Soldering! Metrix Create:Space will have soldering irons, solder kits, and helpful teachers to help you get started on your project.

 

Special Edition: On the Spot Gallery Talk

11 am & 1 pm

MOHAI, Walker Gallery

Free for MOHAI members / Included with admission

Celebrate the installation of youth photographs in Seattle on the Spot: the Photographs of Al Smith, featuring the work of NAAM Youth Curators and MOHAI Youth View. In this special edition of “On the Spot Gallery Talks” hear from two NAAM Youth Curators about their photos and their connections to Smith’s work. Join us for these 30 minute talks in the Walker Gallery.

 

TUES MAY 1

MOHAI Member Night 

6:30 pm

Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium at MOHAI

Free for MOHAI Members

Celebrate Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith at this museum open-house just for MOHAI members and friends. MOHAI Executive Director, Leonard Garfield will present Portrait of the City: The 25 Most Important Photographs from Seattle History, Member Night Edition of On the Spot Gallery Talk, and a free souvenir with all purchases of $20+ at the MOHAI Store. Not a member? Join today! mohai.org

 

WED MAY 2

Taking Action: Facing the Opioid Epidemic

6:30 pm

South Lake Café at MOHAI

Free

April’s Community Conversation deepened our understanding of current and potential responses to the opioid epidemic, yet the question remains, what can each individual do? Drop into this evening skill-share, where local organizations provide resources and present action-opportunities for addressing the impacts of opioid addiction within our communities. Food and drink will be available at the South Lake Café during the program.

 

THU MAY 3   

Free First Thursday

10 am—8 pm

MOHAI

On the first Thursday of each month, general admission to MOHAI is free all day long! Special programs and activities will be available throughout the day. On Free First Thursdays, enjoy free admission to our permanent exhibits during extended hours, from 10 am to 8 pm. Special exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, and MOHAI’s popular miniature Hammons House, are accessible at a special rate on first Thursdays of $8 for adults, $6 for student/senior/military.

 

 

SAT MAY 5

On the Spot Gallery Talks

First Saturday of the Month through June

11 am & 1 pm

MOHAI, Walker Gallery

Free for MOHAI members / Included with admission

Dive deeper into the world captured in Al Smith’s photographs with 30 minute gallery talks on the first Saturday of the month. Speakers share their memories and personal connections to the histories recorded by Al Smith’s camera, bringing these vibrant images to life.

 

SAT MAY 12

MOHAI Store Trunk Show

10 am–5 pm (Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13)

MOHAI Museum Store

Free (gallery admission not included)

Celebrate Mother’s Day with MOHAI! Visit the Museum Store for our second annual trunk show featuring a variety of unique gifts and goods created by local artists. The Trunk Show is an opportunity for a wide range of artists and designers to showcase their one-of-a-kind creations. Meet local jewelry and accessory designers while exploring the latest collections and innovative pieces. Find something extraordinary—members save 15%! Stay for a special lunch or a snack at the South Lake Café, where diners can enjoy 10% off their meal by presenting their trunk show receipt.

 

SAT MAY 12

Behind the Seams: 1940’s Fashion

11 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm

MOHAI

$10 MOHAI members/$15 students/$25 general public (includes gallery admission)

Peek into MOHAI’s textile collection and view treasures rarely seen. For Seattle women in the 1940s, the Second World War affected clothing in many ways. It meant uniforms and rationing, but it also meant relishing the opportunity to dress up. These intimate one-hour sessions, led by MOHAI’s Costume and Textile Specialist, allow viewers to discover garments in detail and hear the stories that make them special.

 

TUE MAY 15                                        

Resisting Displacement

7 pm

MOHAI

$5 MOHAI Members/$10 General Public

Al Smith documented decades of change in Seattle’s Central District. Today, nearly 1,100 people move to Seattle every week. How can we integrate newcomers without displacing longtime residents and businesses? From community land trusts to development moratoriums and community controlled development— come learn about local organizations’ strategies for resisting displacement and keeping communities intact. 

 

 

WED MAY 16

History Café

Fighting Segregated Housing in the 1970s and 1980s

6:30 pm

South Lake Café

Free

What exactly did Seattle’s open housing movement achieve? How were Seattle’s neighborhoods transformed in the wake of fair housing legislation? Once hemmed in to the Central District by restrictive covenants, Seattle’s African American population was slowly moving southward during the 1970s and 1980s. Learn about the ways in which Seattle’s segregated housing patterns were challenged and how the city’s racial geography changed in the midst of a housing crisis. History Cafe is co-presented with MOHAI, The Seattle Public Library, and HistoryLink.org.

 

THU MAY 17

Innovation Breakfast

7—8:30 am

MOHAI

Join MOHAI for a stimulating conversation with former Governor Christine Gregoire on Seattle’s unique role in addressing the region’s challenges. Proceeds from this special event support MOHAI’s educational programming, which inspire young people of all ages and backgrounds to become the next generation of innovators.

 

SAT MAY 19

Living Voices

La Causa

1 & 2 pm

MOHAI, Joshua Green Foundation Theater

Free for members; included with museum admission

In the late 1960’s a new movement changed the lives of Latin American farm workers who fought for civil rights, battled racism and indecent working conditions. Experience this chapter of American history as one young woman balances the demands of her family and culture and fights to see her people free of poverty. Living Voices combines live theatrical performances with archival film, turning history into a moving personal journey. Suitable for guests 11 years (5th grade) to adult. This performance will take place in the Joshua Green Foundation Theater on MOHAI’s second floor.

 

SAT MAY 26

Maker Day

Fun with Fibers!

12 pm

MOHAI

Free for members; included with museum admission

Have fun with fibers! Come piece together a story with Pacific Northwest African American Quilters.

 

SAT JUNE 2                                         

On the Spot Gallery Talks

First Saturday of the Month through June

11 am & 1 pm

MOHAI, Walker Gallery

Free for MOHAI members / Included with admission

Dive deeper into the world captured in Al Smith’s photographs with 30 minute gallery talks on the first Saturday of the month. Speakers share their memories and personal connections to the histories recorded by Al Smith’s camera, bringing these vibrant images to life.

 

 

 

THU JUNE 7

Free First Thursday, Pride Family Fun

10 am—8 pm

MOHAI

Celebrate Pride Month at MOHAI! On this Free First Thursday, MOHAI offers a special welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) families. Make crafts and cozy up in our reading corner for story time with LGBTQ-themed books. Enjoy screenings of local queer films and live performances, plus connect with community groups and resources. On Free First Thursdays, enjoy free admission to our permanent exhibits and a special admission rate to our special exhibit, Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith from 10 am–8 pm.

 

SAT JUNE 9                                         

Special Edition: On the Spot Gallery Talk

11 am & 1 pm

MOHAI, Walker Gallery

Free for MOHAI members / Included with admission

This special edition” On the Spot Gallery Talk” is presented in collaboration with the Black Heritage Society of Washington State (BHS), honoring the landmark exhibit Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, in its last week on display.  Carol Peoples-Proctor, a second generation Seattleite and current President of BHS, presents insights into the personal histories and significance of Al Smith’s work.

 

SAT JUNE 16                                       

Hot Nights, Cool Jazz

5—8 pm

MOHAI

Free, Faye G. Allen Grand Atrium

(Gallery admission not included)

Bring your dancing feet to this after-hours program! Swing the evening away with live jazz. Make your own beats with upcycled instruments and create jazz sounds at the Instrument Petting Zoo. Don’t miss this chance to see the Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith exhibit before it closes.

 

SUN JUNE 17

SS Virginia V Cruise: Planes, Trains and Steam Engines

2–4 pm (Father’s Day)

MOHAI, Virginia V, docked behind MOHAI

$25 MOHAI & V5 Members/$30 General Public/$15 Youth ages 14 and under

Hop aboard Seattle’s historic steamship, the SS Virginia V, on Father’s Day to explore the inner-workings of steam engines and discover what makes these powerful machines go. Dive into the history of mail delivery on Lake Union by planes, trains, and steamships. All tickets include a complimentary scoop of Blue Bird Ice Cream.

 

 

WED JUNE 20

History Café

Exploring Land Trusts with Queer the Land

6:30 pm

South Lake Café

Free

Community land trusts were born from a legacy of people living and working together to build sustainable communities. Join Seattle’s newest queer & trans, Black/indigenous/people of color housing collective, Queer The Land, as they explore the histories of land trusts in Washington State, from housing projects to how land trusts have saved Washington’s farmers. Queer the Land will also share their favorite cooperative economic land-based projects across the U.S. History Cafe is co-presented with MOHAI, The Seattle Public Library, and HistoryLink.org.

 

SAT JUNE 23

Living Voices

Klondike

1 & 2 pm

MOHAI, Joshua Green Foundation Theater

Free for members; included with museum admission

The promise of riches and a new life during a time of turmoil drives one young woman to join a worldwide stampede in the last grand adventure of the 19th century. Living Voices combines live theatrical performances with archival film, turning history into a moving personal journey. Living Voices combines live theatrical performances with archival film, turning history into a moving personal journey.

 

SAT JUNE 30

Maker Day

Kite Creators

12 pm

MOHAI

Free for members; included with museum admission

Summer is here! The American Kitefliers Association will help you build your own kite so you are ready to swoop off into the blue summer skies! The AKA is the largest kite club in the world, and promotes kiting and kite flying around the globe.

 

Location, Hours and Admission

MOHAI is located at 860 Terry Ave. in Seattle. Exhibit gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free on first Thursdays to MOHAI’s regular galleries and open until 8 p.m. Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith and MOHAI’s popular miniature Hammons House, are accessible at a special rate on first Thursdays of $8 for adults, $6 for student/senior/military. Admission to Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith is included with regular MOHAI admission of $19.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors (62 and above); $15.95 for students and military (with ID); free for children 14 and under (when accompanied by an adult) and MOHAI members. As part of the Museums For All program, low-income families can visit MOHAI for a minimal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. For more information, call (206) 324-1126.

 

About MOHAI

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. For more information about MOHAI, please visit www.mohai.org or call (206) 324-1126.

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