Tacoma Urbanist

Jan. 21, 2011 at 12:01am

David Nicandri fights for the life of the Washington History Museum. Does the Legislature Care?

Update on the effort to save the Washington State History Museum:


"Museum directors: Dont put us in mothballs"


Nicandri noted in a later interview that Gregoires budget plan has what he terms contradictory public policy it cuts money for public museums in Spokane and Tacoma but continues state support of museums in Seattle, Bellingham and Pullman on the university campuses.

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Nicandri noted in a later interview that Gregoires budget plan has what he terms contradictory public policy it cuts money for public museums in Spokane and Tacoma but continues state support of museums in Seattle, Bellingham and Pullman on the university campuses.


Commentary:



Tacoma's Washington State History Museum is perceived by the legislature as disposable while Seattle's state funded museum untouchable. 


The earlier suggestion by some legislators that public services would have to be cut to save the WSHM was does not have merit. There are many other sources of funds. Tacoma's history museum is being selectively cut because the city is seen as politically weak compared to Seattle.  Hopefully, with Tacoma and Spokane working together, the WSHM can be saved.

How wasteful it would be if the State of Washington built the massive WSHM in downtown Tacoma only to turn it into a huge vacant building which would have the net effect of doing more harm than good.

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by Erik on 1/21/2011 @ 12:29am

by Erik on 1/21/2011 @ 12:30am

by Erik on 1/21/2011 @ 12:31am

by The Jinxmedic on 1/21/2011 @ 7:49am
If anyone can get funding to keep WSHM open, David Nicandri can. I would imagine the compromise would involve paring down to a skeleton staff, and relying on interns and volunteers for much of the day-to-day operation- this is a familiar cycle in the museum field- museums are always the first to cut, and the last to fund. Culture and history tends to never be the "in" thing when it comes to legislative pet projects.

(Mr. Nicandri- I am available to discuss my "Wunderkammer" idea. It will be just like old times!)

by Erik on 1/21/2011 @ 11:39am
@Jinx: that would e great.

I think the WSHM needs a few (or a few hundred) signature historical artifacts like the Ye Old Curiosity Shop in Seattle. Something that gets people excited and on permanent display.

by The Jinxmedic on 1/21/2011 @ 12:04pm
They just need to bring out what's left of the old collections for a special gallery highlighting "Museology Theory and Practice of the 19th Century". This would fill my "Wunderkammer gallery", and the exhibit would actually be educational, to boot! (Too bad most of the WSHS firearms collection was sold off in the late 1980's -that was quite the thing to see.)