Hidden Treasures in Washington Museums

Harriet Baskas. Photo courtesy of Redmond Historical Society.
Harriet Baskas. Photo courtesy of Redmond Historical Society.
The Lyndon Pickle. Lynden Pioneer Museum, Photo courtesy of Redmond Historical Society.
The Lyndon Pickle. Lynden Pioneer Museum, Photo courtesy of Redmond Historical Society.

Redmond Historical Society kicks off its Saturday Speaker Series on September 13th

Hidden Treasures in Washington Museums
Saturday, September 13 at 10:30 am
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond

 

While there are more than 15,000 museums in our country, visitors only get to see about five percent of any institution’s collections. Most museums simply don’t have room to display everything they’ve got. But some artifacts never get displayed for political, philosophical, artistic, environmental and other, often surprising, reasons. – Harriet Baskas

Ready for some well-kept secrets from Washington state museums?  Journalist and author Harriet Baskas, who researches the closeted collections of museums, will share some of her favorite finds at the Redmond Historical Society’s Saturday Speaker Series at 10:30am on September 13th.  Sponsored by Humanities Washington, the fast-paced, photo-filled and, at times, offbeat tour through Washington will be told through the stories of museum artifacts that are rarely – or never – shown to the public.

Author of Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You, Baskas will talk about how those objects came to be in the local collections and who makes decisions about what is displayed – or not.

As a journalist, Baskas produced a major radio series on hidden museum artifacts that aired on National Public Radio, with Smithsonian-based historians as her advisers. Baskas has a master’s in communication from the University of Washington and served as general manager for three community radio stations in Oregon and Washington. Her other books include Washington Curiosities and Washington Icons.

The Saturday Speaker Series is a monthly program presented by the Redmond Historical Society on every second Saturday (with the exception of June, July, August and December) at 10:30am at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, located at 16600 NE 80th Street.  Topics range from local, state and Pacific Northwest historical interest. There is a suggested $5 donation for non-members. Doors open at 10:00 am.