Within the Pagan community here in the Puget Sound and world wide, you will find that most if not all Pagans have an interest in history. For some it is how they discovered Paganism in the first place, for others it helped to establish and define their beliefs. No matter which side of the Pagan coin your on, museums and history are likely a huge interest to you. This week end in Seattle we have a new museum opening. http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Seattle-s-Museum-of-History-and-Industry-opens-4152315.php
The Museum of History and Industry will officially open today, Saturday Dec. 29, 2012 in its new and improved location in Seattle’s South Lake Union area. This facility is a $90 million refurbished Naval Reserve Armory and that allows the museum a whopping 50,000 square feet for exhibit space. Its possible that you may not have know about the museum until now as it had previously been located in Montlake park in an out of the way and out of sight location.
This museum was established in 1952 by a nonprofit historical society and opened in the 1st year of World War II. The armory held military trainings in Lake Union’s southern shores. In 2000 the Navy transferred the ownership of Naval Reserve Armory to Seattle. By 2009 Seattle had reached an agreement with the museum to move it to its new location.
In the new museum there will be some familiar pieces still on display, which includes the four towers of artifacts circling an atrium, the red neon Rainier Beer “R” and the 1919 Boeing B-1 floatplane that was used to carry airmail between Seattle and Victoria BC.
There have been many additions as well including items that have been in storage due to lack of space which includes a life size ceremonial dance figure donated to the museum in the 1950s by the people of Kyoto, Japan. The Japanese, as with many other cultures, can be very earthy and connected when it comes to their ceremonies. One might even find that there is similarity to Native American and Pagan ceremonies.
The museums grand opening will kicks off today with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. which will be followed by performances from a poet and local musicians all day. Visitors to the museum will have a chance to take part in activities, such as a Salish weaving demonstration, print making, and a build your own periscope project that is being sponsored by the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society. This will be a great day of fun and history for the whole family.