Tuesday, 07 May 2019
5:30 pm doors, 7 pm event
Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!
All ages welcome
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Presented by Gwen Whiting, Lead Curator of the Washington State
Before there was Alcatraz, there was McNeil. Washington State is
home to an island prison that for many years was the most remote prison in the
United States. First a territorial prison, then a federal penitentiary, and
finally a state corrections center, the long history of McNeil is full of
notorious criminals, daring escapes, and prison reforms.
This illustrated presentation by Washington State Historical
Society curator Gwen Whiting will focus on some of the many escapes from the
island prison from humorous to harrowing. Behind-the-scenes photographs will
illuminate the research that Whiting and the Historical Society team conducted
to put together this exhibition through visits to this off-limits site.
About the Speaker:
Gwen Whiting is the lead curator at the Washington State
Historical Society. The exhibitions Whiting has curated for the Society include
Unlocking McNeil’s Past, Hope in Hard Times: Washington during the Great
Depression, and COOPER (about Northwest skyjacker Dan “D.B.”
Cooper). Whiting is currently at work researching and writing a biography of
actress June Havoc, also known as the sister of Gypsy Rose Lee.
Photo credit: Mary Mikel Stump/WSHS
These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon, Washington and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.
This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp
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