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Is There a Van Gogh in Your Garage?

September 20, 2014, 10:30 AM - 4 PM, Burien Community Center (14700 6th Ave SW)

Artifact Identification: Did you dig up an oddly shaped stone in your yard or unearth some interesting relic while cleaning the attic? Burke Museum Archaeology Department experts will be available until 3 PM to identify cultural objects found in the region. No fee. Limit 3 items. No appraisals will be given. Learn how to protect our significant historic and archaeological resources!

Antiques: Haul out those treasures you have always wondered about and bring them to be appraised. We have retained Professional Appraiser Chris Foss for this event. He will help you decide whether you want to simply value the item and keep it (or perhaps donate it to the Society). Your appraisal will be verbal. Bring a notepad to write down your information. We will not be appraising jewelry, large furniture or firearms.

Admission: Society membersí items will be appraised at a fee of $10 per item. $15 per item if you are not a Society member. Limit of 4 items per person.

What is in your attic? A toy train? Valuable pottery? Old books? A Native American spear point?

Military Road Telegraph Sesquicentennial

October 2014

Next fall we are looking forward to participating with three other historical societies in a project that will extend up and down the length of Military Road in South King County. October, 2014, will mark the sesquicentennial (150 years) that the telegraph line was installed up Military Road and finally reached Seattle. This was of huge import to the citizens of King County - they no longer had to wait for weeks on end to get letters from the East Coast; and for the first time, they could get almost instantaneous news of the Civil War.

This October, our curator Nancy McKay will be working with Kevin Saville, president of the Seattle-Tacoma "Evergreen" Chapter of the Morse Telegraph Club, to install a telegraph sesquicentennial exhibit in the display cases at SeaTac City Hall. In addition, we are planning a free, two-day telegraph demo event on October 2 and October 3 (the first Thursday and Friday in October). Members of the public are welcome to come in during City Hall open hours to try their hand at sending a telegraph in Morse Code, and to read transcriptions of Civil War dispatches that were being sent from the front 150 years ago to the day. There will even be a smart phone interface with the telegraph. We encourage people of all ages to come explore cutting-edge technology from the 1860s!

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