Renton History Museum wins heritage award

The Renton History Museum received a Heritage Education Award from the Association of King County Heritage Organizations (AKCHO) for its 2012 exhibit, "Two By Two: Students Reinterpret Renton History."

The AKCHO awards ceremony was held at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle, where Museum Collection Manager Sarah Samson accepted the award for the Museum. Also attending were Derek Smith and three of the students who participated in the exhibit, Kanishk Shukla, TaiJae Davis, and Hang Bui.

To give attendees a taste of the exhibit, Hang Bui read her moving essay comparing children in Renton with her childhood memories of Vietnam. "Two by Two" was the museum's second collaborative exhibit with Renton High School teacher Derek Smith and his students.

The exhibit used historic objects, students' special mementos, and student essays to explore Renton's history from the perspective of Renton High's diverse student body. To prepare for the exhibit, students spent three class periods in the museum, studying Renton history, learning skills of critical analysis, and learning about writing for a real-world situation.

The museum's third student-curated exhibit, "I Am Here: Students Find Themselves in Renton," is currently on display at the Museum.

The Renton History Museum is a joint project of the Renton Historical Society, a nonprofit organization, and the City of Renton; it is Renton's only heritage organization and its mission is to document, preserve, and educate about Renton's history in ways that engage diverse people of all ages.

Since 1977 AKCHO has been the leading proponent and forum for addressing heritage issues at the local and King County level.  For more information about the Renton History Museum, go to the museum's web site. For more information about AKCHO, go to their web site.

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