VIDEOS: ‘Telling Our Westside Stories: Work’ exhibit to close soon

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Museum to close Nov. 26-29 for exhibit transition

Our “Telling Our Westside Stories: Work” exhibit will close in late November 2015 after having been open for 20 months at our museum. Our next exhibit — a smaller version of “Keep Clam and Carry On,” the story of West Seattle native, restaurateur, folksinger and Port of Seattle Commissioner Ivar Haglund, originally put on by the Nordic Heritage Museum — will open in December. To allow for the exhibit transition, our museum will be closed during the four-day Thanksgiving weekend of Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 29, and will reopen on our regular schedule on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015.


Above is a brief video tour of our latest exhibit, “Telling Our Westside Stories: Work,” on its opening day, March 15, 2014, at our Log House Museum. For details, see below!


In the video above, Sarah Baylinson, museum manager, speaks at the March 15, 2014, opening of our latest exhibit, “Telling Our Westside Stories: Work,” at our Log House Museum. For details, see below!


The above video of West Seattle resident and professional clown Bob Washburn (edited by volunteer videographer Trish Cosgrove) is one of many that are featured in “Telling Our Westside Stories: Work.” For details, see below!


Commercial fishing, classroom teaching, auto selling, steel making, even professional clowning — whatever the occupation, work defines much of our lives.

Terry Thomas 123950A new exhibit on work opened Saturday, March 15, 2014, at our Log House Museum. It is the second phase of a three-phase exhibit whose overall title is “Telling Our Westside Stories.” The theme of the second phase is “Work.”

The exhibit examines various types of work done over the years by residents of the Duwamish peninsula and their attitudes toward it.

Besides artifacts, photos and printed interview excerpts, the exhibit focuses on brief videos that tell stories visually in the museum’s main gallery.

Much of the material generated for the “Telling Our Westside Stories” exhibits comes from interviews of community elders conducted by students at Madison Middle School and supervised by volunteers of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Volunteers have transcribed the interviews, culled related images and combined interview excerpts and images into brief videos.

“Eliciting and preserving the stories of our residents is an important part of what we do,” says Clay Eals, executive director. “It is straight down the middle of our mission to promote local heritage through education, preservation and advocacy.”

The exhibit, curated by Sarah Baylinson, museum manager, and assisted by Kerry Korsgaard, trustee, is funded in part by 4Culture and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.Seattle Department of Neighborhoods logo4Culture logo

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