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Tag: Washington State History Museum


A generous, important gift to TAM, South Sound

The Haubs’ extensive collection of Western art includes Thomas Moran’s oil “Green River, Wyoming.” (Courtesy of Tacoma Art Museum)

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

The local art community should be grateful that Erivan and Helga Haub love two things: Western art and Tacoma. Those two loves are dovetailing in spectacular fashion, thanks to the couple’s generosity.

The art world sat up and took notice when the Tacoma Art Museum announced that the Haubs  – a German couple who split their time between Germany and the Tacoma area – are donating their important 280-piece Western art collection to TAM.

The Haubs are also giving money to fund an endowment and help build a 15,000-square-foot wing south of the existing building – doubling the museum’s gallery space.  The $15 million project, which will involve some fund-raising by TAM, is scheduled to open in spring of 2014.

The Haubs obviously knew what they were doing as they amassed their collection of paintings and sculptures, considered one of the best of its kind in the world. All the big names in Western art are there: Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Albert Bierstadt and top modern artists working in the genre as well. Read more »


New museum great for kids (and OK for adults, too)

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Tacoma’s museum district just got a whole lot more kid-friendly.

Sure, the other three museums in the neighborhood – the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass and especially the Washington State History Museum – all have elements that reach out to children. But with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, which officially opened Saturday just up Pacific Avenue from TAM, the name says it all: This is a place for kids, where they can get down and – if not necessarily dirty – at least a little wet.

At about 8,000 square feet, the facility is more than double the size of its previous incarnation in the Theater District. It is a kid’s dream come true, with four themed “playscapes” and an art studio.
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Washington’s history museums may survive yet

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Fingers crossed, but it’s looking like the Legislature won’t chuck Washington’s heritage out the window for the sake of minimal savings during a distressed economy.

Gov. Chris Gregoire had proposed to mothball the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane to pick up what amounts to budget dust in the face of a multibillion-dollar shortfall.

The absurdity of the move is illustrated by its effect on the Tacoma museum. The governor wasn’t proposing to raze the structure on Pacific Avenue; her budget would

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History museum would be an inconceivable loss

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Advocates of the Washington State History Museum are making a compelling case against Gov. Chris Gregoire’s new proposal to mothball the building.

The Legislature has preserved the museum, as an institution, through worse times than these. Lawmakers have kept it open through two world wars and the Great Depression. The reason: History is important.

It’s important to tell the state’s story to adults and critical to pass it on to the young.

The economics of shutting it down make no sense, even in a year when lawmakers must severely pare back many state programs.

Neither Gregoire nor anyone else is suggesting that the graceful, arched building on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma be left derelict. Even her budget would provide enough money – $1 million a year – to protect it from damage, decay and vandalism.
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