The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle by Fred Brown. Thursday, Aug 16th, 7 P.M.

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Animals rarely appear in urban history books; but cows, horses, pigs, dogs, cats and other wild creatures have played crucial roles in struggles over property and power in the changing city. Explore the hidden history of Seattle's animal past, and how it may help us think about our animal present. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

Woodland: The Story of the Animals and People of Woodland Park Zoo with Zoo Curator John Bierlein Thursday, July 26, 2018 (7:00PM – 8:00PM)

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Follow the history of Woodland Park Zoo from its beginnings nearly 120 years ago as a private estate, carved from the wilderness to promote real estate development in the Phinney Ridge and Green Lake neighborhoods of Seattle. By the late 1970s, the zoo emerged as an international pioneer in naturalistic exhibit design and landscape immersion. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis Saturday, June 23, 2018 (2:00PM – 3:00PM). Presented by Tamara Moats.

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This Seattle Art Museum exhibition, which runs from June 14 to September 9, 2018, presents a comprehensive collection of Edward S. Curtis's magnificent portraits of Native Americans. Photographed during the turn of the last century, they now have an indelible place in the American consciousness, especially the works from the Pacific Northwest where he started his career. This lecture will explore his life and work, and the key Northwest tribes he portrayed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society. Photo of the artist courtesy of Wikipedia.

A Park System for All: The Olmsted Vision for Seattle Thursday, May 10, 2018 (7:00PM – 8:30PM)

 In 1903, Seattle's Board of Park Commissioners invited John Charles Olmsted to design a park system for Seattle. Over the next three decades his plans guided the creation of an interconnected network of parkways, parks, and playfields. The system provides access across the city to the restorative benefits of green spaces and forms the foundation of Seattle's flourishing park system today. Presented by local historian and author, Jennifer Ott. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

In 1903, Seattle's Board of Park Commissioners invited John Charles Olmsted to design a park system for Seattle. Over the next three decades his plans guided the creation of an interconnected network of parkways, parks, and playfields. The system provides access across the city to the restorative benefits of green spaces and forms the foundation of Seattle's flourishing park system today. Presented by local historian and author, Jennifer Ott.Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library in partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society.

Bandanas to Badges: Songs and Stories of Northwest Workers Saturday, April 21, 2018 (2:00PM – 3:00PM)

Held at Aljoya Mercer Island, 2430 76th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Acoustic trio Trillium-239 shares stories and songs of working life in the Northwest, beginning with American settlement of the West and ending with modern high-tech industries. Thoughtful music selections and interesting historical tidbits reflect the evolution of these workers' experiences.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau

The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington Wednesday, March 7, 7 PM

Leading up to WWII, Japanese in Seattle and Eastern Washington thrived and prospered. Then came Executive Order 9066, forcing 120,000 Japanese and their American-citizen offspring to concentration camps, without due process. Mayumi Tsutakawa will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.
In partnership with the Mercer Island Historical Society and Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.