As part of HIST-389 Public History, the class worked alongside Anna Harbine the Johnston-Fix Curator of Archives and Special Collections at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture to create a museum exhibit titled “Spokane Reacts” which told the stories of how the city of Spokane reacted to major national events and movements. The exhibit is on display in the archives at the museum throughout 2019. As part of the project, the class researched materials in the archives and special collections and used them to write the interpretive text, chose objects and images to display, and installed the exhibit. Alongside classmate Steven Fry, I worked on Spokanites reaction to controversial visitors during the cold war era Worlds Fair and Expo 1974 held in Spokane which resulted in the panel dedicated to Richard Nixon at the fair “When Nixon Came to Town.”

Below you will find photos of the exhibit and a few photos of objects not included in the panel but where used to help form the ideas discussed. I included photos of the whole exhibit, but my work was mostly on the Nixon portion.