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Renton History Museum Cultural Events

Cultural events are free with regular Museum admission, a suggested donation of $3 per adult and $1 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.  

Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping the Seattle Landscape 

David B. Williams

Tuesday, June 14th
7:00-8:30 pm

Since settlers first arrived in Seattle, the city's citizens have altered the landscape with an unrivaled zeal. We have regraded hills, reengineered tideflats, and replumbed lakes to provide better locations for business and easier ways to move through the challenging topography. And we are still at it, though now we also understand that earthquakes and rising sea levels have the potential to change us as much as we have changed the land. In this talk and signing, David B. Williams will place special emphasis on the changes around Lake Washington and Renton in particular. 

David B. Williams is a freelance writer focused on the intersection of people and the natural world. This talk is based on his recently published book, Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Landscape (University of Washington Press). Previous books include Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology and The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City. Williams also works at the Burke Museum and maintains the website


Photographic Pop-Up Exhibit & Workshop

Saturday, June 18thMark Mulder
12:00-2:00 pm

Come to this pop-up exhibit and share your own photos from Renton! RHM staff will give a short presentation and answer questions about photographic storage and conservation. Protect your collection for years to come. Focus will be on photos from the 50s, 60s, and 70s but all are welcome!


Curator's Talk: Frozen in Time

Thursday, July 14thSarah Samson 3
6:00-7:30 pm

In conjunction with our Frozen in Time exhibit, Collection Manager Sarah Samson discusses the extensive research done on the Museum's collection of 1909 glass plate negatives. Come hear all the stories that we weren't able to fit into the exhibit!