Family photo sparks information quest

LaMont Family Photo in front of Woodland Park Totem PoleI was looking through some old photographs recently and came across this one, taken in 1950, of my father with his mother and sisters standing in front of a Totem Pole. Dad tells me the family had driven over from Chewelah to visit his grandparents, and while they were in Seattle, they stopped at the Zoo (along with Alki Beach and Ye Old Curiousity Shop). I don’t remember ever seeing a Totem Pole on the grounds of the Zoo.  What was it’s story? Is it still there?

The library’s Northwest Index, which indexes local newspapers, magazines, and books, is a great tool for finding information about local history, so I headed up to the Seattle Room to see what I could find. Sure enough, there were a few entries of interest – Continue reading “Family photo sparks information quest”

The Making of a Museum

With the oFacade of African American Museumpening of the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) on March 8, 2008, Seattle’s cultural map expands to include one more unique and interesting destination. Through interactive exhibits, programs and events the museum promises to “document the unique historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.” NAAM is, clearly, the new kid on the block of established and honored museums in the region.

Planning a trip to the museum? Enhance your visit before you enter the Journey Gallery by reading In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528-1990 by Quintard Taylor or The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle’s Central District, from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era, also by Taylor.

The Northwest Gallery features painter Jacob Lawrence and sculptor James Washington Jr. In addition to their works of art, the tools each artist used to shape and develop their creations are on view. While Jacob Lawrence: Paintings, Drawings and Murals (1935-1999) A Catalogue Raisonné by Peter Nesbitt is Continue reading “The Making of a Museum”

March Question of the Month: An irregular series

ask_a_librarian_button.gifThe reference librarians at The Seattle Public Library are pretty darn amazing. They don’t know everything, instead they know where to find everything. As part of an irregular series of posts we salute the talented and dedicated reference staff at your local library. Names and other identifying information have been removed from the questions we showcase. Got a stumper? Click on Ask a Librarian. It’s what we do.

“…looking for newspaper articles on a ship named the Western Trader, which in the 1960s, sailed with a group of families to settle in the Galapagos Islands.” Continue reading “March Question of the Month: An irregular series”