Renton History Museum explores diversity past, present

Blake Shelafoe, Cheyenne Shelafoe, and Ashley Shelafoe members of the Duwamish tribe. -
Blake Shelafoe, Cheyenne Shelafoe, and Ashley Shelafoe members of the Duwamish tribe.
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The Renton History Museum has several exciting exhibits up for display.

“Voices of the Duwamish Tribe” is Seattle photographer Joanne Petrina’s inspiring collection of images of the Duwamish people, who she traveled with for two years.

The Duwamish were Renton’s first people and they lived and traveled on the Cedar and Black Rivers, said Liz Stewart, in a email. She is director of the museum.

Most Renton locals are probably familiar with Henry Moses, the most well-known member for the tribe, who graduated from Renton High School and has an aquatics center named after him in the city. The exhibit features photographs and interviews from the Duwamish, which Petrina did in 2008-2009.

It also documents Tribal Chair Cecile Hansen’s trip to Washington, D.C. to testify before a congressional committee about the tribe’s petition for federal recognition.

Petrina’s exhibit is part of the museum’s mission to educate about Renton’s history in all its diversity.

“Voices of the Duwamish” runs today through August 27 at the museum.

To bridge an understanding between Renton’s newest residents and visitors, the Renton History Museum is hosting an art exhibit of Renton Technical College English as a Second Language students today through August 27.

“The pieces are always highly personal pieces about the students’ experiences in Renton and South King County, as well as their home countries and cultures,” said Stewart.

The museum has hosted the student exhibit for five years and this year’s theme is found art. Students and instructors created sculpture from everyday objects.

For more information on the museum visit the Renton History Museum web site.


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