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Curator’s Lecture

In this annual lecture series, curators and special guests share new perspectives on MOHAI’s artifacts, exhibits and stories. Hear from familiar and fresh voices as they reveal the compelling narratives and diverse experiences that are embedded in MOHAI’s distinctive and extraordinary historical resources.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Genius Across the Centuries

September 9, 2021, 7pm

Leonardo da Vinci remains history’s universal genius. His achievements in art, engineering, mathematics, anatomy, geology, physics, music, military technology, aeronautics, and many other fields, not only stood without peer in his own time, but were strikingly prescient for the distant future. He was a Renaissance visionary who saw the modern world before it was realized.

Join Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Senior Curator, Dr. Peter Jakab, as he reveals Leonardo’s world and explores one of da Vinci’s greatest fascinations—human flight.

This program is presented in partnership with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. MOHAI is proud to be a Smithsonian Affiliate museum.

As a catalyst for relevant community conversation, MOHAI public programs include a diverse range of speakers and perspectives related to life in our region, past and present. In presenting this program MOHAI does not endorse or advocate any specific policies represented by the speakers, their organizations, or the co-presenters.

Allegedly: Possibly True Stories from the MOHAI Collection

September 29, 2020, 7pm

The first zipper in Seattle? Abraham Lincoln’s binoculars? A flag made from petticoats?

Among MOHAI’s cherished artifacts are objects with unverifiable or even dubious histories. But the mysteries can be intriguing stories themselves, providing insights into the past as well as how we understand history.

In this special lecture by Clara Berg, MOHAI’s Curator of Collections, hear about the challenges of using objects to document history, as well as the surprising ways that they can unlock stories that would otherwise remain hidden.

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