Life on the Rivers exhibit graphic, shows two young women sitting on a rock in the middle of a river
November 17, 2021 - February 11, 2022

Where was the Black River?! Life on the Rivers uses historic photos and maps to bring Renton’s former landscape to life. The exhibit explores the day-to-day lives of Rentonites for whom the Black and Cedar Rivers were a central fact of their lives. Whether using the rivers for transportation or leisure, as a food source or a destructive force, Rentonites’ lives revolved around these two rivers. Using their own words, this exhibit draws out the social and environmental consequences of living your life on the rivers.

Brain Injury Art Show
November 17, 2021 - February 11, 2022

In 2014 Seattleite Erline Alston suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. A year later she reluctantly accepted a friend’s invitation to an arts and crafts party, because, she said, “I don’t like to create art!” Accepting the invitation dramatically changed her life. Alston became a prolific visual artist, exhibiting over 30 impressionistic landscape paintings in solo and group exhibits. Alston credits art with not only aiding in her stroke recovery, but also with providing an emotional outlet to grieve the loss of her beloved sister. The Renton History Museum excited to host the Brain Injury Art Show to exhibit the art of twenty-two area artists who share their brain injury journeys.  

People of the InsideDuwamish Native American Jennie Moses, ca. 1907Generously funded by 4Culture, People of the Inside tells the story of the Duwamish before and after White settlers came to Renton. Become acquainted with the Moses family, the last Duwamish to live on their ancestral land of the banks of the Black River, and learn about the Duwamish today. The exhibit features all new artifacts and photographs to better illustrate Renton's Duwamish history.


Early Industries ExhibitsThree coal miners underground in Renton Coal Mine, early 1900sRenton Co-operative Coal Company tells the unique story of a group of miners in Renton who came to this country searching for better lives. The second exhibit features two of Renton's other early industries and the people who built them: Denny-Renton Clay & Coal and Pacific Car & Foundry (PACCAR). The exhibits were created with grant funding from 4Culture. 

The Little House
Corner in the Little House exhibit showing a phonograph and a church organ

A favorite for intergenerational groups, the Little House features a typical parlor and kitchen that would have been found in Renton during the Depression. It features many Renton furniture and artifacts dating from 1870 to the 1930s. Four historic Renton residents - George W. Custer, Florence Tonkin, Edmund E. Duff, and Modesta Delaurenti - tell their stories and help guide visitors through the house. 

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