November 25

Discover Seattle’s Rowing Heritage

“Pulling Together” exhibit debuts at MOHAI.

Seattle’s rich rowing history is taking center stage at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) with the opening of its latest exhibit, “Pulling Together: A Brief History of Rowing in Seattle” through June 2, 2024. This exhibit promises to be a treat for both rowing enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Timed to coincide with the premiere of George Clooney’s film, “The Boys in the Boat”, the exhibit features an impressive collection of artifacts and photographs. Highlights include memorabilia from the University of Washington’s 1936 Olympic Gold medalist rowing team, offering visitors a unique insight into this pivotal moment in rowing history.

“Rowing is part of the fabric and identity of Seattle and the Puget Sound region,” said MOHAI Executive Director Leonard Garfield. “The temperate climate and abundant waterways have fostered a thriving rowing community. ‘Pulling Together’ highlights the historical significance of rowing in our region and showcases the remarkable achievements of our local rowers.”

Old photo of a rowing team on a pier.

Visitors can expect to see rare items from the 1936 Berlin Olympics, including gold medals, Olympic jerseys, and even a megaphone used by Bob Moch. Additionally, the exhibit showcases the Husky Challenger, a rowing shell nearly identical to the Husky Clipper that won in the 1936 Olympics, underscoring the region’s longstanding tradition in rowing craftsmanship.

The exhibit is a collaborative effort providing a comprehensive view of rowing’s legacy in the region. It features contributions from various local institutions like the University of Washington, ASUW Shell House, and Pocock Rowing Foundation, among others.

The opening day program on November 24 includes a discussion on Seattle’s rowing history, multiple screenings of “The Boys of ‘36”, and the unique opportunity to view rare artifacts and photographs of the 1936 Olympic team.

Regular admission to MOHAI covers access to the “Pulling Together” exhibit. The museum also offers various admission options, including free entry on the first Thursday evenings and discounted rates for low-income families through the Museums For All program.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs courtesy MOHAI.

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