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Renton History Museum Cultural Events

Cultural events are free with regular Museum admission, a suggested donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child, and always free for members.

Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Ave. S., Renton, WA 98057, one block south of Renton Library. Phone: 425.255.2330.  

The Lake Washington Ship Canal and Locks: Overlooked Stories from around the Lake, moderated by David B. Williams

Black River Thursday, March 23rd, 2017


 Seattle Pacific University, Ames Library

 Curator Sarah Samson will join local experts Carol Arnold (President of Friends of the Yesler  Swamp), Sarah Frederick (Collection Manager of Eastside Heritage Center), and local author  David B. Williams to convey forgotten impacts of the locks and Montlake Cut. Speakers will  discuss how lowering the lake altered the shoreline and the people who inhabit it. This event will be held at the Seattle Pacific University Ames Library. For more event information click here.


Sorting Out Race Opening Night

Thursday, March 30th, 2017Sorting out race logo with dates


Come celebrate the opening of Sorting Out Race at the exhibit's only showing in the Pacific Northwest. Members of the Museum's staff, Board of Trustees, and Community Advisory Group share thoughts on the role of the museum in creating a color-brave, not color-blind, community. Light refreshments will be served. 


Museum Professional's Night

Museum Professionals Tuesday, April 4th, 2017


 Calling all local museum professionals! Join the staff at the Renton History Museum for an informal  conversation about the role of museums in promoting social justice. Share your experience and learn  from others. Admission is free - just show your business card or student ID. Light refreshments will be  served. 



CryOut! Poetry Slam, Song, Dance

Thursday, April 6th, 2017Cry Out!


Students from CryOut! will perform original poetry and songs around the theme "social justice." CryOut! is a non-profit organization that uses music, dance, and arts to empower youth, developing them to be leaders who pursue justice for their communities. 


Living Voices Presents...Within the Silence

Within Silence Saturday, April 8th, 2017

 In 1942 Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 imprisoned thousands of loyal American families because  of their Japanese ancestry. These innocent citizens struggled to maintain their families and their  culture while incarcerated. Through the eyes of one Seattle teenager, witness the Yamada family's fight to sustain faith in their country during their imprisonment in Camp Harmony and Minidoka. Living Voices combines actors with video to create dynamic performances. 
Recommended for ages nine and older. 


Not Just for Kids: How Children's Literature Inspires Bold ConversationsNot Just for Kids

By Anu Taranath, Senior Lecturer, UW

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

UW lecturer Anu Taranath will showcase children's books from around the world as well as diverse communities in the US, inviting audiences to take a closer look at kids' books, and suggests we might also learn some new lessons about how to navigate our complicated world. Courtesy of Humanities Washington.  


A Community Conversation with Benita Horn, the City of Renton's Inclusion & Equity Consultant

Benita Horn Saturday, April 15th 


 Renton History Museum invites the public to have an open and honest discussion about the exhibit Sorting Out  Race and how it relates to Renton. Are stereotypes harmless reminders of past attitudes or should they be  "sorted out" of popular culture? 

 Admission is free. 



Roger Fernandes, Lower Band of the S'Klallam Indians Storyteller Roger Fernandes

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017


Roger Fernandes is a Lower Elwha Band of the S'Klallam Indians Storyteller whose stories incorporate song and dance. In the course of telling Native American stories, Roger integrates stories he has learned from other cultures around the world. 

Panel Discussion: Undoing Racism in Renton

Undoing Racism Thursday, April 27th, 2017


 Join representatives from the City of Renton and Renton School District for a constructive  conversation about what the city is doing to make positive change in the community. Learn how you  can make a difference. 


Marcia Tate Arunga, Author of The Stolen OnesThe Stolen Ones

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

The children's book The Stolen Ones explores what happens in one African village when one of the village children, Nia, is captured into slavery. Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga reveals the little-known story of the people left behind in Africa. 
Recommended for all ages.

Living Voices Presents...Native Vision

Native VisionSaturday, May 13th, 2017

A Navajo girl explores her family's past while struggling to keep her culture in a government-run boarding school in the 1930s and 1940s. Her vision of becoming a modern healer in a changing world is brought to life as her community joins the U.S. in World War II.

Recommended for ages nine and older.