New ‘Hope in Hard Times’ exhibit pops up on SW 153rd in Burien


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Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Highline Historical Society will be hosting a “Hope in Hard Times” pop-up museum on SW 153rd Street, about the Great Depression era in Washington State.

Originally developed by the Washington State History Museum, the traveling exhibit is made possible with the support of Humanities Washington, and this will be the only King County venue for the exhibit.

For the next three months it will be open to the public at a temporary “pop-up museum” venue at 216 SW 153rd Street in Burien (map below).

In conjunction with the traveling exhibit, Highline Historical Society curator Nancy Salguero McKay has developed several additional displays that focus on local Depression-era stories from around the Highline area.

The Historical Society has partnered with several other community organizations and groups to develop many additional programs that will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit – a Robert Horton lecture and film series featuring 1930s films, talks and tours about the CCC and WPA, old-time radio shows, a vintage car show, performances of Depression-era music, and much more.

Admission to this exhibit is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the local food bank. Visitors also are invited to bring a length of string to tie onto the Society’s growing ball of string. At the end of the exhibit in January, the ball will be unspooled and the string measured – some donors are pledging to pay a certain amount per foot, and proceeds will go into the building fund for the new Highline History Museum.

The exhibit will be open through January 4, 2014. For more information and calendar of events, visit www.wahopeinhardtimes.net.


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