The Highline Historical Society and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Harriet Baskas, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau Sunday, Nov. 18.
This free event will start at 2 p.m. at the Highline School District ERAC (administration building), located at 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien.
Baskas writes about airports, museums and a wide variety of other topics for msnbc.com, USATODAY.com, AAA Journey and other outlets. She also maintains two blogs: StuckatTheAirport.com  and MuseumMysteries.com . She 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. Baskas is the author of a half dozen books, including Washington Curiosities, Washington Icons and Oregon Curiosities, and is finishing a book about hidden treasures in museums. Baskas lives in Seattle.
About this program
Space restrictions allow most museums to display only about 10 percent of their holdings. However, there are also surprising political, philosophical, artistic, environmental and historic reasons why museums keep objects from view. Journalist Harriet Baskas will present a fast-paced, photo-filled and, at times, somewhat offbeat tour of Washington history through the stories of museum artifacts that are rarely – or never – shown to the public. Examples include Bing Crosby’s toupees in Spokane, a quilt made of Ku Klux Klan robes in Yakima and Native American spirit boards in Tacoma. We will explore how these objects came to be in the local collections and who makes decisions about what is displayed or kept from view.
Here are the details:
WHAT: Hidden Treasures in Washington’s Museums, with Harriet Baskas
WHEN: Sunday, November 18, 2 PM
WHERE: Highline ERAC, 15675 Ambaum Boulevard SW, Burien
INFO: Contact Cyndi Upthegrove at 206-246-6354 or [email protected] .