Embracing Culture and Tradition

One of the many things I love about Washington State is the way that communities of all sizes embrace culture and tradition. As summer transitions into fall, there are so many opportunities to come together, explore history and discuss new ideas.

One of the many things I love about Washington state is the way that communities of all sizes embrace culture and tradition. As summer transitions into fall, there are so many opportunities to come together, explore history and discuss new ideas. Whether you have a few extra minutes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (“Sea-Tac”) to check out our Traveling Exhibit, or an evening to dedicate to a Think & Drink event or a Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau presentation, there is so much to see and do!

On view at Sea-Tac (Concourse A) through Saturday, October 11, is our traveling exhibit Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression.

Hope in Hard Times at SeaTac The exhibit explores the adversity and triumph of everyday Americans during the 1930s, comparing the struggles of that decade with those faced today as we reflect upon our emergence from the Great Recession. Hope in Hard Times takes an enormous and weighty topic, the Great Depression, and presents it in an up-close and approachable manner.  It is an inspiring example of how hope — even in dark times — sustains us and reflects the power of the human spirit.

After the exhibit leaves Sea-Tac, it travels to Ilwaco for its final stop at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (October 24, 2014 to January 4, 2015). From there, it will return to the Washington State Historical Society to become part of their traveling exhibit program.

Just announced last month is our 2015-2016 Speakers Bureau roster of scholars and cultural experts! Organizations interested in booking these presentations for first quarter of 2015 should apply by October 31. Be sure to catch a presentation from our 2013-14 speakers before they conclude their tours on December 31. Our calendar shows a list of upcoming presentations near you.

Or, catch one of our Think & Drink events in Seattle, Tacoma and Yakima. We’ll explore such topics as race in music, race in education, and more.  On November 11 and 12, be sure to join us for evenings with Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan as he and moderator Tanya Mosley explore “Race, Politics and Drama” in Seattle.

So this fall, as you are waiting for a flight, planning an evening get-together with friends, or putting together a weekend trip, check out Humanities Washington’s fall events calendar. We look forward to seeing you at a Humanities Washington program in the near future!


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Julie Ziegler
Humanities Washington
Executive Director

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