Inland Northwest History Moment

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Nancy Roth

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.



Wednesday, December 17
10:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

From the Studio: Campbell House Holidays 2014

Janean Jorgensen as Mrs. Campbell and Rebecca Cook as cook Hulda Johnson Olson.

'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.

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August 18, 2014
12:28 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

INHM: Traditional Weaver Joey Lavadour

Flat-twined bags, popularly known as “cornhusk bags,” are a distinctive product of the Plateau Indian culture - as are cylindrical twined "sally" bags of the southern Plateau. Women gathered and stored camas, bitterroot, and other staples for the family’s food supply in these soft, flexible bags.
Credit 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.

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August 11, 2014
12:17 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

INHM: The Doll who Crossed the Sea

Miss Tokushima, 1927 Gift of the Goodwill Doll Exchange, and dedicated to Michiko and Hiroshi Takaoka
Credit 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.  

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August 4,2014
11:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

INHM: Summer of Fire

A pitcher found in the "Burnt District"
Credit 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.

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September 1, 2014
4:26 am
Mon September 1, 2014

INHM: Sewing Machine Storyteller

Pearl Allen and Friends on a Picnic, c. 1910
Credit 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. 

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August 25, 2014
12:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

INHM: Uranium Fever

Ore Evaluator Probe, c.1960
Credit 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.

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July 28, 2014
4:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

INHM: Small Town Survival and Fonk's Variety Stores

Fonk’s Neon Sign, 1939-2001, now hanging at the MAC
Credit 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.

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July 21, 2014
9:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

INHM: Second Wave of Feminism

Marion Moos, Spokesman-Review “YOU” Magazine Cover, March 25, 1979.
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.

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July 14, 2014
9:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

INHM: Kaiser Aluminum's Pot Lines

"First, I bought a pair of safety boots at the company store and, like most, paid a potline cobbler to add a layer of leather to the uppers and used tire tread to the soles for insulation from the heat." - Michael Cain

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.

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July 7, 2014
9:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

INHM: Petland

Mamie Rand lined old kitchen strainers with flannel to serve as nests for tiny songbirds’ eggs. Baby Bird Bassinet, 1995-1997 by Kathryn Glowen.
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.

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