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by Erik on 1/14/2011 @ 12:04am
Washington State History Museum

Located in the heart of Tacoma's Museum District, the Washington State History Museum brings history to life through multimedia presentations, interactive exhibits, walk-through dioramas, and oral histories of life in the Evergreen State.



by fredo on 1/14/2011 @ 10:40am
the issue isn't "Is the WSHM worth saving"

the issue is "how can we create and sustain a utopian fantasy world with a fredo city budget?"

It's fine to rally around the museum, just provide some helpful advice to our legislators about what you would be willing to give up to save the museum. I would be willing to give up premium pay for state workers in order to save the museum.

by The Jinxmedic on 1/14/2011 @ 11:10am
I think private and corporate involvement is what it will take to save the WSHM. In the wake of the announced budget cuts, the museum can decide to just go it alone- this is neither an impossible or unrealistic route, and the mechanism to allow it is already in place. Public museums in this state have always been underfunded, and are in some extent reliant on admission fees and donations for day-to-day operations. What always gets the brunt of the budget cuts are the relatively few paid positions, which are essentially underfunded (and frequently "unfunded") government jobs.

by fredo on 1/14/2011 @ 11:25am
"I think private and corporate involvement is what it will take to save the WSHM"

So we're going to look to the rich white people and the despised corporations to fund the story line at the museum which explains how horrible rich white people and their corporations are? I can see it now:

"The Story of American Agriculture" sponsored by Monsanto

"The Story of the American Indian" sponsored by the Union Pacific RR

"The Story of our armed forces" presented by the Haliburton Corporation

"The Story of our waterways" presented by BP Oil.

by The Jinxmedic on 1/14/2011 @ 11:55am
That's the idea.

by NineInchNachos on 1/14/2011 @ 12:56pm
Fredo, they already do that! BP loves to sponsor environmental nature exhibits! they do it all over the gulf coast dirt-poor states!!!

by NineInchNachos on 1/14/2011 @ 12:59pm
flip through any Broadway Center for Performing Arts hand bill, giant corporations LOVE to fund intensely dull art/cultural events! Huge tax write off for them and it raises morale.

by Erik on 3/31/2011 @ 5:35pm
Update: So close to victory!

One way or another, budget writers in the Legislature are moving closer to saving the Washington State History Museum in downtown Tacoma, along with the state’s other history museums, from cuts laid out by the governor.

House budget vice chairwoman Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma said Thursday she expects that the spending plan being developed by House Democrats will include her proposal to preserve the museums. She would merge them with other cultural programs and pay for them by raiding money from a planned construction project in Olympia.


Come on Tacoma!