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White River Valley Museum Lecture on Nov. 8: The Stories Old Buildings Tell Us

Join us at the White River Valley Museum on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for an open house and special lecture on The Stories Old Buildings Tell Us. In this presentation, historic preservationist Michael Herschensohn examines historic buildings across the state as well as those in our own back yard. Lecture is included with regular museum admission. Museum open house begins at 6:00 PM with lecture to follow at 7:00 PM. Space is limited and R.S.V.P is required. To RSVP call 253-288-7439 or email the museum.

Herschensohn helps us interpret historic buildings and places which tell us about the context of the people who have occupied them and helps us understand the similarities and differences between the past and our contemporary lives.  

We will examine the places we create for ourselves – homes, factories, schools, parks, hotels, barns – and see how they are key markers in the story of people’s daily lives. These places help us interpret human experience and bring greater appreciation for the past.

About Michael Herschensohn
Michael Herschensohn’s unusual academic training has given him a unique perspective on the history of American architecture. With a Ph.D. in literary criticism and a specialization in 19th century French literature from the University of Pennsylvania, he taught at several American universities prior to completing a degree in preservation planning and the history of American architecture. He practiced preservation planning in New York before teaching adult learners at the Chicago Architecture Foundation how to interpret and understand architectural history.

In Chicago and later at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle, he developed programs and exhibits that presented local history to a broad public. Recently, he managed the City of Seattle’s Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYP) Centennial, giving talks and writing essays on the landscapes, buildings and people who designed, built, organized and attended that fair. For the last 21 years, he has been on the board of Historic Seattle, the city’s only historic preservation organization.

About the White River Valley Museum
The White River Valley Museum combines history and culture to create an exciting and educational experience for visitors though a series of award-winning exhibits. Museum collections focus on Puget Sound history, Northwest Indian culture, Japanese immigration and the Northern Pacific Railway. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and is located at 918 H St. S.E. in Auburn. Regular admission is $2 adults, $1 seniors and children. Admission is free on Wednesdays and the fourth Sunday of the month. Call 253-288-7433 or visit www.wrvmuseum.org for event information.

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White River Valley Museum
918 H St. S.E.
Auburn, WA 98002