Voices from the Past
Voices From the Past, a cooperative program between they Yakima Valley Museum and Allied Arts, presents lecturers and performers addressing topics of interest to the community.
Sunday, February 25, 2007 • 1:00pm • Yakima Valley Museum
Radios, Rakes and "Rowing": Life on the Columbia and in the Nation 1928-'29
This presentation by Inga Wiehl originates in an exchange of letters, from 1928-'20, exchanged between two nineteen year old students at the University of Washington home on vacations at White Bluffs and Yakima, respectively. As the title implies, entertainment, work, and transportation are major themes of these letters, which speak of daily challenges and their potential rewards, which both writers found too meager for future pursuits. Nostalgia would refashion the scene as the male letter writer approached his nineties and commissioned a Washington artist to create a series of paintings to illustrate life on the Columbia through the 1920's, bounded by the Great War and the Deep Depression, has been subject to considerable image making. Looking through the eyes of the letter writers and informed by cultural history, we will explore the age of radios, rakes and "rowing."
Sunday, March 11, 2007 • 1:00pm • Yakima Valley Museum
Remembrance: A Century of Mourning and Burial Customs in Washington State
Historian Theresa Trebon explores the pioneer history of Washington State as witnessed in our state's burying grounds. Cemeteries have long been treasure troves of history and cultural tradition, and Washington's earliest settlers left much rich history in cemeteries throughout the state. Trebon also explores how traditions and memorials have been taken out of the hands of the family and industrialized, diminishing the richness of our own legacy.
Sunday, April 15, 2007 • 1:00pm • Yakima Valley Museum
The Rich and Varied Legacy of William O. Douglas
A 'Gandhian-like' march along the C O Canal near Washington, D.C. in 1954 led by Justice William O. Douglas produced one of the environmental success stories of an era! This and other stories of wilderness preservation, as well as Pacific Northwest natural history are recounted in a book release by Universe entitled: The Footpaths of Justice William O. Douglas: A Legacy of Place By Tom R. Hulst. Mr. Hulst will present a talk about Justice William O. Douglas on April 15 entitled "The Rich and Varied Legacy of William O. Douglas." Raised in Yakima, Washington, in the early 1900's, Douglas was a well-known jurist who served on the United States Supreme Court for 36 years. Douglas was a prolific writer and adventurer. In addition to his judicial opinions he wrote 32 books, and 200 articles in magazines, law reviews, and outdoor journals. William O. Douglas possessed an extraordinary curiosity and was an inveterate hiker and walker. He became a proficient naturalist, conservationist, storyteller, and world citizen. His written legacy includes a robust literature on the Constitution, civil liberties, privacy, and the environment; he pursued an activism that challenged officials in the other branches of government and the public to speak truth to power. Mr. Hulst will discuss the multi-faceted aspects of Douglas's legacy and how that legacy lives on today in Washington State and around the country.
Voices from the Past 2006