February 23 Inquiring Minds Program
"Inquiring Mind/Conversations" is a cultural enrichment program sponsored by Harstine Island Community Club and Humanities Washington, which is connected with The National Endowment for the Humanities and partially funded by the Washington State Legislature. This arrangement provides Washington communities with an impressive roster of historians, musicians, actors, and lecturers who bring history and the arts alive through performance and lecture.
Now in the sixth year following a very successful 2013 season, this is the second program of a three-part series. The programs are presented once a month at the historic Harstine Island Community Club at 2:00 pm in the afternoon. Doors open at 1:30. Coffee Pot On! Visiting Encouraged!
The second presenter is: Harriet Baskas, author and journalist:
"Hidden Treasures in Washington's Museums"
Space restrictions allow most museums to display only about 10 percent of their holdings. However, there are also surprising political, philosophical, artistic, environmental and historic reasons why museums keep objects from view. Journalist Harriet Baskas will present a fast-paced, photo-filled and, at times, somewhat offbeat tour of Washington history through the stories of museum artifacts that are rarely – or never – shown to the public. Examples include Bing Crosby’s toupees in Spokane, a quilt made of Ku Klux Klan robes in Yakima and Native American spirit boards in Tacoma. We will explore how those objects came to be in the local collections and who makes decisions about what is displayed or kept from view.
About Harriet Baskas
Harriet Baskas writes about airports, museums and a wide variety of other topics for msnbc.com, USATODAY.com, AAA Journey and other outlets. She also maintains two blogs:StuckatTheAirport.com and MuseumMysteries.com. She produced a major radio series on hidden museum artifacts that aired on National Public Radio, with Smithsonian-based historians as her advisers. Baskas has a master’s in communication from the University of Washington and served as general manager for three community radio stations in Oregon and Washington. Baskas is the author of a half dozen books, including Washington Curiosities,Washington Icons and Oregon Curiosities, and is finishing a book about hidden treasures in museums. Baskas currently lives in Seattle.