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February events, exhibits at Renton History Museum

Karol and James Brown present
Karol and James Brown present 'A Visit with Aunt Harriet' in celebration of Black History Month at the Renton History Museum.
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The following events are being offered at the Renton History Museum,  235 Mill Ave. S.

“I Am Here: Students Find Themselves in Renton” is an exhibit entirely curated by Renton High School students and opens on Feb. 12. It features photos, research and essays on Renton historic places and compares them to places the students find important. The exhibit was created by two honors language arts classes, led by Derek Smith and Breanne Robirds. The students spent time at the museum researching historic places in the city.

Museum Director Elizabeth Stewart calls the results “a very moving exhibit about what Renton means in the lives of teens.”



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

“A Visit with Aunt Harriet,” at 11 a.m. on Feb. 2, is a presentation in celebration of Black History Month. Karol and James Brown will give children age 6-years-old and up a look into the life of Harriet Tubman, the renowned conductor of the Underground Railroad. Presented here as “Aunt Harriet,” the presentation covers slavery, her faith, family and friends, who risked their own freedom to help runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. The Browns share how her stories are examples of how faith, brotherhood, love, and commitment to helping others were important in the fight for freedom over 100 years ago and still today.

“A Series of Fortunate Events: The Charles Mitchell Story,” is 5 p.m. Feb. 27 and presented by storyteller and actor Eva Abram.

Abram will share Washington State’s own history with slavery, which is commonly thought of as limited to the South and Northeast. It’s the story of a young man named Charles Mitchell and how he came to the Northwest, triggering events that almost led to an international incident with Canada. The presentation is appropriate for children age 9 through adults.

 

 

For more information, contact the museum by phone at 425-255-2330 or by email at estewart@rentonwa.gov.

 

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