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.

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.