April 21, 2011
Wednesday - 12:00P.M.
Voices from the Past programs addressing topics of interest to the community are now a brown bag lecture series. Admission to all Voices from the Past programs is free and available to everyone. This year, bring your lunch and spend an hour with history. Soft drinks and water will be available.
What Is That?: Unusual and Offbeat People, Places, Things, and Events in Washington State
Why does downtown Winlock feature a statue of the world's largest egg, and why is there a drive-through stump displayed at a rest-stop on I-5? Washington is notorious for its offbeat and unusual landmarks. This presentation will explore the cultural, economic, artistic, historic, and philosophical influences on local and state history by exploring iconic and unusual objects, events, and stories. Learning the often-forgotten or untold story behind an artifact or event leads to a discussion of history and community identity and brings added meaning and context to objects and events within a community.
Award-winning author and radio producer Harriet Baskas has written six books, including Washington Curiosities and Washington Icons. Harriet is the president of Reel Women Productions and is a columnist for USATODAY.com and MSNBC.com. She has managed three Pacific Northwest public radio stations: KBCS-FM (Bellevue), KBOO-FM (Portland, OR), and KMUN-FM (Astoria, OR). Harriet holds a Masters in Communications from the University of Washington.
Doors open at 11:30 for those wishing to have conversation and lunch prior to the program.