Inland Northwest History Moment

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Inland Northwest History Moment is a collaboration of Spokane Public Radio and the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC), in celebration of 100 Stories, the museum’s centennial exhibition. Click a title to find the podcast, an image and the written story, along with resources for further exploration.

'Residents' of the Campbell House visit Verne in the studio to discuss the Campbell House Holidays exhibit at The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. Direct from 1910, the lady of the house -- Mrs. Campbell -- welcomes visitors to her decorated home, and the cook -- Hulda Johnson Olson -- asks for assistance in the kitchen making sugar cookies.

INHM: Traditional Weaver Joey Lavadour

Dec 2, 2014
Museum Collection

  Joey Lavadour was 15 years old when he learned from tribal elder, Carrie Sampson, how to weave in the traditional style of the Plateau people — a tradition that goes back more than 10,000 years. "I was so fortunate that she took the time to work with me,” he says. “The art of weaving had never been lost to Carrie and her ancestors. A continuum of knowledge flowed directly down to her and then passed on to me.

INHM: The Doll who Crossed the Sea

Dec 2, 2014
Museum Collection 812.1

  In 1927, thousands of American children sent dolls to Japan as messengers of friendship, trying to ease growing political strains between the two countries. In return, Japanese schoolgirls shipped 58 exquisitely dressed porcelain dolls – one for each American state, plus a handful of big cities. These large Japanese dolls arrived with passports in hand and accompanied by exquisite clothing, furnishings and tea sets. They toured the United States together, and eventually Washington state’s doll, Miss Tokushima, found a permanent home at the museum in Spokane.  

INHM: Summer of Fire

Dec 2, 2014
Museum Collection 1007.4

Devastating fires swept Seattle, Ellensburg and Spokane Falls during the summer of 1889. In Spokane Falls alone, fire engulfed 32 downtown blocks. Cheney and Republic were also ravaged: “When daylight dawned, there was a scene of ruin and desolation that almost beggars description,” reported Cheney’s Morning Review. Republic’s fledgling fire department halted the spread of flames by blowing up buildings in the blaze’s path. Similar disasters devastated many Western towns built of wood in an era before full-time fire departments or extensive hydrant systems.

INHM: Sewing Machine Storyteller

Sep 1, 2014
Museum Collection L2003-12.2

Pearl Allen invented a unique way to record family stories. One day, she was patching her sons’ overalls using a foot-powered sewing machine. She lifted the machine’s presser foot to move the fabric freely, and machine-stitched the boys’ names in flowing script. From that moment on, she recorded family moments on fabric of all sizes, from tablecloths to hot pads and diploma cases. 

INHM: Uranium Fever

Aug 25, 2014
Museum Collection 4046.8

  One night in 1955, with help from a black light, Spokane tribal members, Leo Bruce and the LeBrett twins, discovered uranium on their reservation. In the early 1950s, the U.S. government was paying premium prices for uranium, a key ingredient in nuclear weapons, sparking a nationwide fever of exploration. Tribal members partnered with Dawn Mining Company to operate this Midnite Mine; Dawn wasone of only two domestic companies that mined ore in crystalline host rock.

Museum Collection 4081.1 / MAC

Colville, Washington welcomed the opening of a Fonk’s store 1939. Its neon sign hung on their Main Street until 2001 when it re-appeared in an opening exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane.

INHM: Second Wave of Feminism

Jul 21, 2014
Museum Collection Ms203.1.1.1.

Spirits ran high at the 1977 Washington State Conference for Women. Feminists and conservatives converged on Ellensburg by the thousands to develop a timetable for removing state barriers to equality and to elect delegates to Houston’s International Women’s Year Conference.

INHM: Kaiser Aluminum's Pot Lines

Jul 14, 2014

Michael Cain's slag-crusted work boots are a relic of two summers in the brutal heat of the pot lines at Kaiser’s Mead aluminum reduction mill - built in 1942 to support war effort.

INHM: Petland

Jul 7, 2014
Museum Collection 4151.2 / MAC

Artist Kathryn Glowen paid tender tribute to her friend Mamie Rand in a series of artworks that explore memory and time -- and celebrate Mamie Rand’s 101-year life of simplicity in Spokane, as a pet store owner, amateur musician and accountant. Mamie Rand nurtured all types of living creatures, from goats to cats to lizards. She even lined old kitchen strainers with flannel to serve as nests for tiny songbirds’ eggs.