Oct
9
to Nov 10

Pop-up Exhibit: History Kids Clubhouse

Special Pop-up Exhibit: History Kids Clubhouse

See–Play–Do at the White River Valley Museum this fall!

October 9 – November 10

For one month only we’re inviting kids of all ages to discover local history with us! History Kids Clubhouse is a hands-on exhibit for kids and families to explore and share their own stories while learning about people and objects that tell the history of the White River Valley. Hang out in the Clubhouse and have fun as you play historic games, become a museum curator, create make-and-takes, dress up for a photo op, and more!

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Nov
6
4:00 PM16:00

Story Club with KCLS

Hear a great story! Discuss big ideas! Discover real history about people like you! For ages 7 and older. Snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, November 6, 4-5pm

We’ll read Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour. How do we find comfort when we feel lost and alone? Discuss how it feels to leave everything familiar and move to a very different place. Then discover stories in the museum of people who had to do just that.

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Nov
20
to Jan 5

Festival of Trees: A Celebration of Community and Culture

November 20 – January 5

Your new holiday tradition! Catch the spirit of the season with a festive display of trees at the Museum. Each tree is decorated by regional ethnic heritage groups with ornaments and décor that represent their cultural traditions. You will see trees as diverse as our community with traditions from China, Poland, Norway, Italy, Iran, the Marshall Islands and beyond!

This exhibit is made possible with funding from 4Culture.

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Oct
4
to Oct 5

Overnight at the Museum - History Kids VIP Clubhouse

Send your 7 to 12-year-old on an overnight adventure with scavenger hunts, crafts, games and more! $35 per child, pre-registration required.

History Kids VIP Clubhouse: October 4, 7PM – 8AM. Play a life-size version of Oregon Trail throughout the Museum and get a first look at the activities and crafts in our History Kids Clubhouse exhibit!

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Oct
4
6:30 PM18:30

Railroad Lecture

6:30-7:30 Museum Open House, 7:30 Lecture begins. $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors -- Includes Museum Admission.

In 1870 Seattle had high hopes that the transcontinental Northern Pacific Railroad would make the city its western terminus. Instead, the railroad chose Tacoma. Seattle panicked—then rolled up its sleeves and built its own railroad. The Pacific Coast Railroad and its predecessors were key to assuring Seattle’s rise to become the Pacific Northwest’s greatest city, and author-historian Kurt E. Armbruster tells the colorful story of this homegrown pioneer enterprise as presented in his new book, Pacific Coast, Seattle’s Own Railroad, published by the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive.

Kurt Einar Armbruster is a Seattle native, historian, author, and musician. A graduate of the University of Washington (1975, BA history), he has written numerous articles for historical journals, and five books including Orphan Road, The Railroad Comes to Seattle, 1853-1911 (WSU Press, 1999) and Before Seattle Rocked, A City and its Music (UW Press, 2011. Visit Kurt on Facebook and his Seattle short fiction blog, Extranocredit.com.)

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Oct
2
4:00 PM16:00

Story Club with KCLS

Hear a great story! Discuss big ideas! Discover real history about people like you! For ages 7 and older. Snacks will be provided.
Wednesday, October 2, 4pm – 5pm -- We’ll read Wash Day by Eve Bunting. Washing clothes is easy today with modern washing machines. What was it like before those convenient appliances? How did kids have to help out? Discuss how it feels to have to do chores, and get a sneak preview of a museum exhibit about kids in history.

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Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Pioneer Cemetery Dedication Event

The City of Auburn in partnership with the White River Valley Museum, Mountain View Cemetery, White River Buddhist Temple and Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple is hosting a dedication event at Auburn’s historic Pioneer Cemetery on August 22 from 6 – 7pm. The event will celebrate the restoration projects that have taken place at this important historic site and will include a greeting from Auburn Mayor Nancy Baukus and an invocation and dedication of the newly restored Tora Kato monument from the White River and Seattle Buddhist temples.

Located at the corner of 8th & Auburn Way N
Overflow parking across the street at Fred Meyer

Pioneer Cemetery restoration projects were made possible with funding from 4Culture, the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation, as well as generous contributions from the Japanese American community.

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Aug
7
10:30 AM10:30

Hooked on History!

Stop by the Museum before the concerts in Les Gove Park for free crafts and activities with a new theme each week perfect for kids ages 3 – 12! Check out this year’s themes:

July 10: Outer Space

July 17: Retro

July 24: Superheroes

July 31: Sea Exploration

August 7: Engineering

Free, no registration required.

Hooked on History is made possible by the Wyman Youth Trust, 4Culture, and the City of Auburn.

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Aug
5
to Aug 16

Living History Camp at Mary Olson Farm

Session 1: August 5 – 9, 9am – 12pm

Session 2: August 12 – 16, 9am – 12pm

Kids ages 6 – 11 will explore the daily activities of farm life in the early 20th century. Activities include: caring for farm animals, working in the garden, crafts, archery, baking in a wood stove, playing historic games, and more! Small snack provided each day.

$100 per child (Auburn resident), pre-registration required at auburnwa.gov. Before care included in the price.

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Jul
31
10:30 AM10:30

Hooked on History!

Stop by the Museum before the concerts in Les Gove Park for free crafts and activities with a new theme each week perfect for kids ages 3 – 12! Check out this year’s themes:

July 10: Outer Space

July 17: Retro

July 24: Superheroes

July 31: Sea Exploration

August 7: Engineering

Free, no registration required.

Hooked on History is made possible by the Wyman Youth Trust, 4Culture, and the City of Auburn.

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Jul
24
10:30 AM10:30

Hooked on History!

Stop by the Museum before the concerts in Les Gove Park for free crafts and activities with a new theme each week perfect for kids ages 3 – 12! Check out this year’s themes:

July 10: Outer Space

July 17: Retro

July 24: Superheroes

July 31: Sea Exploration

August 7: Engineering

Free, no registration required.

Hooked on History is made possible by the Wyman Youth Trust, 4Culture, and the City of Auburn.

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Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Are Salmon Doomed? Lecture with Nick Bond @MOF

Lecture and Discussion held in the Barn at Mary Olson Farm - 28728 Green River Rd SE, Kent, WA 98030.

An environmental necessity, a vital economic resource, and a cultural symbol, salmon play a fundamental role in the Pacific Northwest—but they are in trouble.

With warming oceans, environmental degradation, and lowering genetic variability, wild salmon populations are dwindling. Climatologist Nick Bond explores the past, present, and possible future conditions for salmon in our state, and sees room for optimism. He shares lessons on how local communities have accomplished important work to support salmon runs, but also takes a hard look at the realities climate change poses for this regional treasure. Explore the history, science, and story of this cherished Northwest icon.

This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau program. Find out more about our free, public events across Washington State at www.humanities.org.

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Jul
20
12:00 PM12:00

Mosaic Artwork with MOF's Artist in Residence

Join us for "Mosaic Artwork" with Mary Olson Farm's Artist in Residence Elise Koncsek!

This free and fun workshop class will begin with a brief introduction to the historic Mary Olson Farm. Artist in Residence Elise Koncsek will lead participants in designing and assembling a small wall hanging mosaic artwork to take home, created from tesselating hexagon and triangle shapes cut from mirror acrylic and wood. All skill levels are welcome.

Register Here. There is limited space available, so sign up now for this rare opportunity!

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Jul
17
10:30 AM10:30

Hooked on History!

Stop by the Museum before the concerts in Les Gove Park for free crafts and activities with a new theme each week perfect for kids ages 3 – 12! Check out this year’s themes:

July 10: Outer Space

July 17: Retro

July 24: Superheroes

July 31: Sea Exploration

August 7: Engineering

Free, no registration required.

Hooked on History is made possible by the Wyman Youth Trust, 4Culture, and the City of Auburn.

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Jul
15
to Jul 26

Time Traveler Camp at the Museum

Session 1: July 15 – 19, 9am – 12pm

Session 2: July 22 – 26, 9am – 12pm

An amazing week of intrigue and time-hopping adventures for kids ages 6-11. Kids will learn a little history and have a lot of fun as they explore pioneer times, ancient Greece and Egypt, Viking culture and even the future! Activities will include: navigating the Oregon Trail, participating in Olympic games, playing Kubb, and more. Each day we have a themed snack, everything from Greek dolmas to Tang!

$100 per child (Auburn resident), pre-registration required at auburnwa.gov. Before care included in the price.

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Jul
10
10:30 AM10:30

Hooked on History!

Stop by the Museum before the concerts in Les Gove Park for free crafts and activities with a new theme each week perfect for kids ages 3 – 12! Check out this year’s themes:

July 10: Outer Space

July 17: Retro

July 24: Superheroes

July 31: Sea Exploration

August 7: Engineering

Free, no registration required.

Hooked on History is made possible by the Wyman Youth Trust, 4Culture, and the City of Auburn.

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Jun
29
2:00 PM14:00

Music with a Message: Songs of Social Change at MOF

Spend the afternoon listening to Trillium-239 at the Mary Olson Farm!

Songs can be more than music—they can act as powerful tools for changing society. Acoustic trio Trillium-239 highlights notable social movements from the past 150 years that have been powered by song. Music has helped efforts to end slavery, secure voting rights, shorten wars, and promote civil rights, and provided a way to enact and document other social changes. The process continues today, focusing messages and providing rallying cries for activism and protest. Hear the surprising stories behind some familiar songs, listen to a few rare old songs, and feel the power of a good sing-along.

This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau program. Find out more about our free, public events across Washington State at www.humanities.org.

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Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

From the Stage!

Kick off the sunny season with a family-friendly outdoor concert at the historic Mary Olson Farm. Pack a picnic, bring your blanket, and revel in a musical journey through the ages. One of Seattle’s outstanding classical crossovers, Soprano Rachel DeShon, teams up with Auburn Symphony’s dazzling string members for an eclectic program with something for everyone to enjoy!

Rachel DeShon, soprano
Bill Boyd and Karen Sorenson, violins
Mike Watson, viola
Brian Wharton, cello

Tickets - auburnsymphony.org
General: $20
Student: $10

Free parking.

Sponsored in part by the City of Auburn.

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Jun
22
to Aug 25

Mary Olson Farm Summer Open Hours

Open every Saturday and Sunday from June 22 – August 25, 12pm – 5pm

Admission is FREE!

Take your family on a trip back in time to the Mary Olson Farm. Kids will love meeting our cow, chickens, and mini donkeys and going on a tour of the Olson’s farmhouse. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying one of the best preserved farms in King County!

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Jun
15
to Jun 16

Team Spirit Weekend

Wear your favorite team’s gear to the Museum for FREE admission on June 15 & 16!

Show us your team spirit and enjoy learning about how sports impact our history and culture in the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.

Hometown Teams made possible by the Smithsonian, Humanities Washington, and the City of Auburn.

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Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Year of the Bull Documentary Screening

A stunning look into the life of one high school football player determined to get out of the inner city and into a Division I collegiate program. This documentary follows an entire season with the Miami Northwestern Bulls and Taurean Charles, an All-American, blue-chip prospect battling societal pressures and standardized tests.

Included with museum admission or membership, no registration required but space is limited.

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Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Late Play Date

Join us for Free visits on first Thursdays, from 12pm-4pm and for evening open hours 6pm-8pm. During evening hours we will have a Late Play Date for the kiddos with themed activities and craft tables perfect for children 3-12 years of age, no registration required.Late Play Dates are made possible by support from 4Culture, the Auburn Arts Commission, and the City of Auburn.

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May
28
10:00 AM10:00

Farm Tots!

Every Tuesday in May, 10:00-10:40am

May 7: What does the Farmer do?

May 14: Animals on the Farm

May 21: Busy Bees (no live bees will be handled)

May 28: FUN on the Farm!

An early learning program for 3 – 5 year olds and their caregivers. Each day kids will learn about nature, history and farm life while practicing skills like counting, matching and sharing. Every week will have a new theme and unique activities including: story time, animal encounters, games, crafts and more!

$6 per child per session, pre-registration required. Parents/caregivers must stay with their children during the entirety of the program. Please dress your children for the weather!

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May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Sale at Mary Olson Farm

Compost Sale at the Mary Olson Farm on Saturday, May 11 from 10am - 2pm. Cash only. You haul. First come, first served. $36 per cubic yard or $1 a 5 gallon bucket. Bring your own bags or buckets! Limited supply of top-tier compost made on the Farm.

Address:

28728 Green River RD SE

Kent, WA 98030

Please follow signs and drive carefully on-site!

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