Spend An Evening at MOHAI on March 21 and learn how animals played a role in the making and remaking of Seattle; meet local historian and author, Dr. Frederick L. Brown, who will show how the city is more than just human.

2017 Denny Lecture with Dr. Frederick L. Brown: Useful Creatures, Faithful Friends: How Animals Helped Make Seattle a City

March 21, 2017, 7 – 8 pm

DETAILS:  MOHAI’s annual Denny Lecture presents the best in regional historical scholarship. This year, Dr. Brown examines Seattle’s often overlooked animal history, considering how animals of all sorts, but especially domestic ones, have had a surprisingly important role in the making and remaking of the city. Animals were never far from people’s minds as they regulated urban spaces, defined neighborhoods, strove for better lives, and debated what it meant to be city-dwellers. And animals, who had their own wills, often countered human plans. Indeed, animals and animal categories have been crucial to struggles over power, place, and identity throughout Seattle’s history. They were key from its founding amid existing indigenous towns in the mid-nineteenth century to the livestock-friendly town of the late nineteenth century to the pet-friendly, livestock-averse modern city.

TICKETS: $15 general public / $10 MOHAI members; purchase online or call (206) 324-1126 ext. 108.