Events, Education & Exhibits

Remembrances

Winter – Spring 2021

Celebrating V-J Day in Times Square.

War changes societies, and few wars changed the world as much as World War II. With fronts in both Europe and the Pacific, America supported the Allied nations in an attempt to end the totalitarian regimes in both Germany and Italy, as they joined with the Japanese Empire to envelope the world dictatorial control. In 1945, war on both fronts came to an end with the Allies as the victors. Come see the paths that led the world to its last great war as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of its end.

Illumination: The History of Electricity

Spring – Summer 2021

Power lines
Power Transmission Lines

We are proud to join with PPL in their celebration of a century of serving the community. Come join us in the summer of 2021 as we showcase PPL. Our exhibit will highlight where they’ve been. Who they are today. And what they aspire to become as the future unfolds. This spring and summer join us in this celebration of 100 years of PPL lighting up our neighborhoods!

This Week in History

June 13, 1966: In the case of Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court ruled that criminal suspects must be informed of their Constitutional rights to an attorney and against self-incrimination before being questioned by the police.

June 14, 1777: The Continental Congress approved a design for a national flag, stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white”, and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing the national observation of Flag Day on June 14th.

June 14, 1942: Anne Frank made the first full entry in the diary she had been given for her 13th birthday two days earlier.

June 15, 1775: Congress appointed George Washington Commander-In-Chief of the brand-new Continental Army.

June 15, 1878: The world’s first moving pictures were produced, showing a horse galloping.

June 16, 1884: The first roller coaster in the U.S. opened at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. 

June 17, 1889: The Statue of Liberty sailed into New York Harbor aboard the French ship Isere.

June 17, 1972: Five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters, located in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.  This began a chain of events that led to one of the biggest political scandals of the 20th Century and the historic resignation of President Richard Nixon.

June 18, 1979: President Jimmy Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign the Salt-II nuclear agreement.

June 18, 1983: Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, as a crew member of the space shuttle Challenger.

June 19, 1865: Two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slavery officially ended in the United States with the liberation of the remaining slaves in Texas.  The day became known as “Juneteenth”, and it is considered the longest-standing African-American holiday.

June, 19, 1968: 50,000 people participated in “The Poor People’s March” on Washington, D.C., organized by Martin Luther King Jr. before his death.

June 20, 1910: The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

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