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Events are free with regular museum admission of $5 per adult, $2 per student, and children under 8 are free.

Events are always free for museum members.

Corset photoRevealing Women's History Through Fashion

Saturday, April 28
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Please join Michelle Marshman, History Instructor at Green River College for a visual tour of women's history in the 20th century as illustrated by changing women's fashions. We'll hear how political and social change, times of economic boom and bust, and changing ideas about women's roles, inform the clothing women wear.
Woolworths StoreHistoric Preservation Comes to Renton

Tuesday, May 15
6:30 – 7:30 pm

In 2017 the City of Renton entered into an agreement with the King County Historic Preservation Program to provide landmark designation and protection services. Join Jennifer Meisner, King County Historic Preservation Officer, in a conversation about what this means for Renton. Learn how this partnership has already benefited Renton and could be a catalyst for future preservation and redevelopment activity.
Renton archaeology siteThe Prehistory of Renton

Saturday, May 26
 2:00- 3:00 pm

Archaeological excavations in the City of Renton beginning in 1979 uncovered the remains of Duwamish Indian villages spanning the period from approximately 1790 AD to approximately 1,700 years before present. Local archaeologist Michael Shong will discuss these sites and subsequent archaeological discoveries in the Renton vicinity over the past 40 years.
Photo: View of archaeological block excavation at 45KI51-Area A
WWI Exhibit LogoOn the Battlefront and the Homefront: Rentonites in the Great War Exhibit Opening

Thursday, May 31
5:30 – 7:00 pm

Like thousands of cities and towns across the U.S. Renton fully mobilized to support the first World War effort, sending its sons, brothers, and husbands off to foreign battlefields. But war mobilization also involved mothers and nurses and farmers and draft board workers too. This exhibit explores the experiences of all these men and women in confronting international war for the first time.
Birdhouse of MuseumAnnual Museum Members Meeting

Wednesday June 6
 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Our Annual Members Meeting is a great opportunity to find out what’s happening at the Museum, meet our Board of Trustees, celebrate museum accomplishments, and spend time with other history-minded people.
Big Burn book coverBookmarks and Landmarks: The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

Wednesday, June 13
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Read it, discuss it, experience it. Egan dramatically tells the story of a 1910 forest fire that galvanized public opinion about the wilderness. As climate change increases the risk and severity of forest fires, it is important to understand current policies and their history. Join the conversation at the Renton History Museum, housed in a historical Art Deco fire station, where Egan will come to talk about his book and answer questions. No requests for book-signing, please. Registration is required and begins on May 23 though the King County Library System. Contact the museum for more information.
Dr. Lovelace photographIn honor of the City of Renton & Renton African American Pastoral Group Juneteenth Celebration, join the King County Library System presents:
Digitize Your African American History

Saturday, June 16
1:00-3:00pm

Bring your stories and songs, photos and video tapes, art and objects, genealogy research and more to this interactive workshop! With the help of knowledgeable people and technology, participants will be able to consult with a genealogist specializing in African American roots; digitize images of photos as well as objects such as clothing, quilts and memorabilia; convert VHS tapes to CD and create audio recordings to preserve and pass on important historical information to future generations. Genealogy information and consultations presented by Dr. Janice Lovelace. To register call 425.369.3454 or email diversity(at)KCLS.org.

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