MOHAI Celebrates first summer on the lake!

Still Afloat:A Contemporary History of Seattle’s Floating Homes

SEATTLE – The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is pleased to announce its new summer community exhibit, Still Afloat: A Contemporary History of Seattle’s Floating Homes. The display, produced in partnership with the Seattle Floating Homes Association,offers an exploration of floating homes through stories, pictures, and artifacts, illustrating both the cultural and technological intricacies of this one-of-a-kind community.

“Still Afloat will be a great way to celebrate the first summer at our new home on the edge of Lake Union,” said Leonard Garfield, MOHAI Executive Director. “Visitors and locals alike will have the opportunity to discover a little bit more about the unique homes they see as they play and recreate on the water.” The exhibit will be on display in the Linda and Ted Johnson Family Community
gallery from June 15, 2013 through November 3, 2013.
Still Afloat will explore both floating home culture, as well as the technical innovations that make life on
the water possible. Photographs, personal objects, and video interviews from residents old and new will
bring to life the rich history of the floating home community and illuminate how it has changed over the
years. Additionally, a scale model of a floating home will be on display to allow visitors to see the
complex systems and structures that keep these homes afloat.
The display is curated by local author Erin Feeney, who recently worked with community members and
archivists to produce a new book entitled Seattle’s Floating Homes, released as part of Arcadia
Publishing’s Images of America series. “Not only is the floating home community one our city’s most
intriguing neighborhoods,” Feeney said, “ but it’s also historically been one of the most misunderstood.
I’m thrilled to partner with MOHAI and shed some light on this fascinating part of our maritime culture.”
The exhibit will be featured in MOHAI’s Linda and Ted Johnson Family Community Gallery. The intimate
space is designed to promote community ownership and stewardship of MOHAI through exhibits curated in collaboration with local partners. Its rotating exhibits not only examine the past, but also
offer an opportunity to hear diverse voices and stories from the contemporary Puget Sound region.

 

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