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40 Years of Washington Stories

Humanities Washington Award First Honored Local Leaders 15 Years Ago

Ron Chew Featured

This installment of 40 Years of Washington Stories celebrates the Humanities Washington Award, first awarded to Ron Chew in 1995. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

Annual Bedtime Stories Event Benefits the Humanities and Inspires Authors

0131_BedtimeStories.BTS 2011 Authors Featured

This installment of 40 Years of Washington Stories shares the background of our Bedtime Stories fundraiser, begun 16 years ago in 1999. Join us this year for Bedtime Stories events in Seattle and Spokane! [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

To Be Young, Gifted and Black Resonated with Youthful Audiences in Seattle

YGB Featured

In this look at Humanities Washington’s past programs, we examine Group Theater’s 1994 production of To Be Young, Gifted and Black, which sparked many post-play discussions. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

Harvest Moon Celebrated Salish Cultural History through Inquiring Minds

Harvest Moon Featured

As part of 40 Years of Washington Stories, we look back at the Speakers Bureau (formerly Inquiring Mind) presentations of Harvest Moon on Coastal Salish culture, which toured the state in the 1990s and 2000s. [Read]

5 Questions

Engineer-Turned-Poet Shares Stories of Hanford

Kathleen Flenniken

Engineer-turned-poet Kathleen Flenniken once worked at the Hanford nuclear site. She now shares details of her experience working at the site and stories of her hometown, Richland, in her presentation My Hanford: A Personal History, as a part of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

First Northwest Book Festival Brought Readers by the Thousands

Bookfest Featured

As part of 40 Years of Washington Stories this week, we look at the Studs Terkel-approved Northwest Book Festival, held in Seattle in 1995. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

Silver Lake Poetry Festival Showcased the Lyrics of Washington Loggers

Silver Lake Featured

For our 40th Anniversary, we’re looking back at 40 Years of Washington Stories. This installment features the 1993 Silver Lake Logger Poetry Festival, which celebrated poetry from an unlikely place: logging camps. [Read]

This Week & Next

June 23-28: Help Humanities Washington Select Our Next Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau 2012-14

Join us for Speakers Bureau auditions all week at Everett Community College. Also, check out Traveling Exhibit events and Speakers Bureau presentations throughout the state. [Read]

40 Years of Washington Stories

Folklife Documentary Festival Used Film and Essay to Spark Informed Discussion

CityFolk Featured

In this look back at Humanities Washington’s past, we look at the Northwest Folklife Document Film Festival of 2007-08, a mix of film, essay and discussion around the theme City Folk. [Read]

This Week & Next

June 16-28: Songs of the Oregon Trail in Pasco and Dayton

Hank Cramer

Join Speakers Bureau’s Hank Cramer in Dayton and Pasco this week as he shares Oregon Trail history through folk songs. Also, check out Speakers Bureau presentations and Traveling Exhibit events throughout the state. [Read]