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Past Exhibits

Wolves in Washington State

January 30 - June 14, 2014

Wolves, once hunted to near extinction, are making a comeback in Washington State.  Understanding how to coexist with wolves is crucial to their survival.  A complex story, Wolves in Washington State examines wolf ecology and management issues as well as highlights the critical role wolves play in promoting a healthy ecosystem.

Incorporating thought-provoking text, map, and wildlife photos onto free-standing banners, the exhibit presents visitors with a balanced approach to the story of wolves in Washington State.  The exhibit also illuminates the important cultural significance of the wolf in Pacific Northwest Native American culture.

The exhibit also includes a touchable wolf skull cast and comparative species tracks, a "frequently asked questions" brochure, and a magnetic "current events" message board with brochure box.

Wolves in Washington State was organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington with help from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

 

Where there's Smoke... Living with Fire

October 2, 2013 - March 22, 2014

Where there's Smoke explores the impact that fire has on our lives and our landscapes.  Featuring current research on ancient fires, stunning photographs of the Taylor Bridge Fire, and artifacts from the human history of fire, this exhibit touches on many aspects of how humans and the environment live with fire.

 

Voices of the River: Life along the Yakima

January 9, 2013 - June 11, 2013

Voices of the River celebrates the diverse stories and experiences inspired by the Yakima River of south-central Washington state, giving voice to the women and men whose lives have been intertwined with the river and introducing visitors to the web of biodiversity in this dynamic, changing ecosystem.

fashion STATEMENT: Native Artists Against Pebble Mine - January 9 to March 16, 2013

 

Archeologists Dig Central: Excavating the Campus

October 13, 2012 - December 1, 2012

History exists beneath our feet, waiting to be dug up. Archaeologists Dig Central explores the role of archaeology on the Central Washington University campus, and brings to light some rarely seen items left behind over thousand of years. Co-curated by students Erin Chenvert and Karina Harig, with help from Shane Scott of the Central Washington Anthropological Survey.

 

Particles on the Wall

September 19, 2012 - December 1, 2012

Particles on the Wall (POTW) is an interdisciplinary group exhibit exploring elements of science and the nuclear age, Hanford history, their thread through our lives and their bearing on the Columbia River and natural world. The goal of the exhibit is to unite the arts and sciences to forge a more healthy and peaceful world, while exploring Hanford history and the nuclear age. Exhibit pieces illuminate key events regarding the nuclear history and role of nuclear technology in Washington State, current concerns with radioactive contamination, and the quest for peace. Given the magnitude of the topics, the tone of the exhibit is one of quiet commentary yet restraint, to best impart both the need for concern and an element of hope in the face of issues on war, peace, and the nuclear age that rest in our own back yards.

 

No Place Untouched by War: The Second World War and Central Washington College of Education
May-October, 2012, Barge Hall

No Place Untouched by War explores the experiences of the cadets of the 314th Army Air Corps detachment and their time at CWCE, from 1943 until 1944. Using photographs, newsletters, and personal accounts, this exhibit provides a rare glimpse into the lives of young people—both cadets and college students—during WWII. This exhibit was curated by Museum Studies senior Kevin Sodano, with assistance from senior Michael Chapman

 

Through the Rabbit Hole: A Journey into Imaginary Worlds – May 3 to June 15, 2012

The Mapmaker’s Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau – March 15 to June 15, 2012

Cruisin’ the Washington Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson – February 2 to April 15, 2012

In My Shoes: Stories about Life, Told from the Bottom Up – January 28 to June 15, 2012

Journey Stories – January 28 to March 11, 2012

Storytelling through the Mail: Tall Tale Postcards – September 29, 2011 to January 21, 2012

Sacred Spaces – February 3 to June 11, 2011

The Secret Life of Shells – October 7, 2010 to June 11, 2011

Bicycle Eclectic – May 5 to June 19, 2010

Guns, Furs, & Steel: Alexander Ross at the Crossroads – March 31, 2010 to January 15, 2011

The Wenas Creek Mammoth – March 25, 2010 to Ongoing

Beyond Black and White: The Stories Behind Our Masks – February 19, 2010 to December 11, 2010

Collections Spotlight Mini-Exhibit: Ceramics - February 19, 2010 to March 20, 2010

River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia – September 26 to December 17, 2009