Escape, Intrigue and a Shot of Whisky
August 10 to December 1, 2013
22 year old John McLeod escaped from the Isle of Lewis, assuming he was wanted for murder. By the time he died at the age of 89 in 1905, he was the patriarch of a large Pierce County family that included fur traders, American settlers and Native Americans. He witnessed the California gold rush and the Puget Sound Indian War. Chronicling the life of McLeod and his family, this exhibit showcases several generations adapting to changing times.
Turning Drudgery into a Pastime
December 7, 2013 to April 6, 2014
With the promise of making a laborious chore one of comparative ease, the Wheeler and Wilson Company smartly marketed their sewing machines to mid-19th century women weary of long hours spent with needle in hand. When Letitia Huggins received her new machine in 1862, her workday life was altered forever. See how changing sewing technologies made life easier for women.
Dr. Tolmie, The Naturalist
April 12 to July 21, 2014
In 1833, Dr. William Tolmie traveled from Fort Nisqually to Mount Rainier and collected plant and bird specimens. It was the first of his many efforts to document the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. This exhibit chronicles Tolmie’s efforts and discoveries, and explores the connection between his interest in the natural world and his skillful management of the farms and flocks of the Hudson’s Bay Company.