June 12

New at MOHAI

The museum will digitally celebrate the anniversary of the Great Seattle Fire, women and voting, and Pride Month this June.

Digital Fire Day

On June 6, 1889, Seattle experienced a devastating fire that destroyed more than 120 acres, or 25 city blocks, in its central business district. In recognition of this historic event, MOHAI and the Seattle Fire Department are partnering up to present Digital Fire Day, a free, family-friendly, virtual event, on June 27.

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins will kick off the Digital Fire Day’s live event with story time and a Q&A at 10 am with options in English and Spanish. In addition to the story and chat with Chief Scoggins, children can learn important fire safety and prevention tips and watch as Seattle firefighters demonstrate their equipment, talk about what it takes to become a firefighter, and provide a digital tour of a working fire engine.

And what would a MOHAI kids’ event be without crafts? Participants can build their very own homemade paper fire truck or fire dog puppet.

Digital Fire Day is on June 27 from 10am to 1pm and is free to the public. Click here on the day of the event to follow along.

Battle for the Ballot: Women and the Vote

Join moderator Dr. Shirley Yee for an online panel exploring the complex history behind the fight for suffrage. Learn about the past and present struggles surrounding voting including racial discrimination and barriers created by lack of access to citizenship. Details: Saturday, June 13, 3 to 4:30pm. Participation is open to the first 500 registrants. Register here.

Objects of Pride

Do you have an objects or photos that reflect an important part of your LGBTQ+ identity or experience? You are encouraged to share them on social media with the hashtag #objectsofpride. Throughout Pride Month, MOHAI will be sharing objects and photos from its collection that tell LGBTQ+ histories. Check out this staff story for inspiration.

Story by Ethan Chung and photographs courtesy of MOHAI.

At The Center

SLU is the geographical center of Seattle