The Society offers exhibits rich and diverse in history. Telling stories on how individual's aspirations impacted making a living and shaping our community. Each exhibit is available in full exhibit or components of each of these the traveling collections. Contact Lisa Kranseler to arrange exhibit for your organization.
In the Land of Rain and Salmon, Jewish Voices of the Northwest: 1880-1920
An original theatre production by the WSJHS and Book-It Repertory Theatre.
Imagine hearing your grandfather’s voice for the first time in 30 years telling you what it was like to take a boat from the old country without speaking a word of English or having more than 25 cents to his name. Or maybe listening to your cousin talk about borrowing money (with no interest) to open a store. How about hearing your aunt describe baking biscochos or making matzo ball soup, just like her mother did? You can experience these moving moments during a live performance that will take you into the lives of early Jewish pioneers in the state of Washington – some of whom you may remember, others whom you will discover for the very first time. Please consider bringing this production to your organization or synagogue anywhere in the state. Contact Lisa Kranseler to make arrangemets.
Who's Minding the Store? Celebrating 150 years in Washington State
The stories are told primarily in family members' own words, and are remarkable for the wide assortment of business involved, and for the variety of circumstances that led to their founding. In spite of this diversity, there are a number of uniting themes regarding the economic and political environments of eras in which they grew, and the way that many evolved to reflect changes in these factors. One of the most significant unifying events was the Alaska Gold Rush, and the Historical Society is very excited about this connection between its exhibit and the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition Centennial Celebration.
"Who's Minding the Store?" is organized as a collection of more than 100 story boards comprised of photos and narrative, which can be configured to accommodate venues of various sizes and specific audiences. . Full exhibit or components are available, contact Lisa Kranseler to arrange exhibit for your organization.
Dolls for Democracy and Diversity
The exhibit features a special collection of dolls used by local King County B'nai B'rith women. The dolls were created by portrait doll artist Ruth Cecil Bullard Weeks between 1951 and the early 1970's. These realistic dolls were made to be used by the B'nai B'rith around the U.S. and Canada as an inspiration to children proving that fame and success in life do not depend upon race, religion, family origins or money.
"Dolls for Democracy and Diversity" is organized as a collection of more than 35 dolls comprised of photos and narrative, which can be configured to accommodate venues of various sizes and specific audiences. Full exhibit or components are available, contact Lisa Kranseler to arrange exhibit for your organization.
Six Generation Celebration
An exhibit of hand-painted family trees whose roots in this state span more the six generations. Many of Washington's early Jewish residents came to the region between 1880 and 1920, part of a wave of immigrants from Easter Europe. A tailor, Solomon Rogers went first to San Francisco hoping to cash in on the Gold Rush. Instead he met his wife to be, Eba Belle Abrams, a native Prussian. The couple married moved to Seattle and prospered. They lived in a mansion in Queen Anne Hill, where the family would gather every week.
Six-Generation Celebration Exhibit is organized as a collection of more than 70 boards comprised illustrations, which can be configured to accommodate venues of various sizes and specific audiences.
Full exhibit or components are available for your organization; contact Lisa Kranseler to make arrangements.