I Am Here: Students Find Themselves In Renton
February 12 - May 25, 2013
When you think of "home" what place are you picturing? I Am Here is a collaborative exhibit created by Renton High School Honors Language Arts students that explores the places teens love and the historic places they've learned about. These young writers share their feelings about the places that make Renton speacial. The exhibit features the photography of the students along side historic photos from the Museum's collection.
New early industry exhibits!
Come visit the Museum and see two brand new permanent exhibits. Renton 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 exhibit features a DVD presentation showcasing many of the Museum's rarely seen historic coal mining photographs. 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). Included are many artifacts and photographs that are being exhibited for the first time. The exhibits were created with grant funding from 4Culture.
Sustaining A City
Sustaining A City, a Renton History Museum exhibit, about Renton’s unique growing, cooking, and eating traditions. Renton citizens have shared our foodways, from Duwamish fishing and gathering through German bakeries and Italian wine-making to chain restaurants and supermarkets. Sustaining A City helps the visitor understand how sharing food has bridged differences between diverse people. The exhibit also provides an opportunity to remember food traditions that may have been forgotten, like pioneer picnics and Renton’s thriving dairy industry of the early 20th century.
Living the Dream
May 14 - August 31, 2013
Living the Dream presents
the dreams of English Language Learners (ELL) from Dimmit Middle School in the
Renton School District. The Renton School District offers ELL classes for students
in kindergarten through twelfth grade whose primary language is not English. ELL students at Dimmit Middle School contributed their
individual stories for this exhibit. They arrived from different countries and
different continents with their own unique aspirations. All of them share the
same challenge, however: to learn English
so they can fulfill their dreams.
June 4 - August 31, 2013
Visit the Museum to see the first gallery showing of visual art from the City of Renton Collection. The exhibit features many pieces often not seen by the public. Guest Curator Colleen Lenahan uses the City's collection to explore how art enhances our sense of place. This exhibit is a collaboration between the Renton History Museum, the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, and the University of Washington Museology Graduate Program.