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The trains are coming to the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, this time for 11 days

Love trains? Then you’ll love the fact that the annual Model Train Festival, back for the 17th time at the Washington State History Museum these holidays, is staying for a whopping 11 days, due to popular demand. The largest working model train layout in the state opens this Friday and will remain until New Year’s Day, with visits by Santa, hands-on attractions and more.

“Model trains and the holiday season seem to go hand-in-hand, and this annual festival continues to be one of our major attractions year after year,” said Jennifer Kilmer, director of the Washington State Historical Society. 

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Washington State History Museum gets “In the Spirit” for the seventh year at the annual Native American arts festival and exhibit.

Dancers from the 2009 In The Spirit festival. Courtesy photo.

Contemporary Northwest Native American art is in the spotlight at the Washington State History Museum right now, and it’s looking more innovative than ever. The 7th annual “In the Spirit” exhibit is up in the galleries for a couple of weeks, highlighted this Saturday by the annual market and festival of Native dancers, musicians, storytellers and artisans in the plaza outside. New this year for the “In the Spirit” festival is free admission to all exhibits at the museum, including the Native art show by the same name.

“Festival participants and families will have an opportunity to experience these cultural traditions, purchase fine art and jewelry, and support Pacific Northwest Native American artists,” said WSHM director Jennifer Kilmer in a recent press release.

Both festival and exhibit have new and familiar work. The festival, which runs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, features regulars like the Chief Leschi School drum and dance group, the Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers and the House of Welcome Longhouse dancers, as well as newcomers Tahuri Mai Maori dance group from New Zealand, the Tac Town Singers and alt-rock duo Scatter Their Own from the South Dakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Exhibit awards will be presented at 5 p.m. Read more »