Executive Director MOHAI - Museum of History and Industry
“If you Have Never Visited MOHAI – the Museum of History and Industry – you are Missing a Gem”
Introduced by: Colin Radford
Executive Director Leonard Garfield will give us a peek into the past, present and future of the Museum of History and Industry located in Seattle’s South Lake Union. After hearing Leonard, you will most likely want to see the bigger picture and visit this superb museum on the history of the Pacific Northwest, State of Washington and Seattle!
Below is an excerpt from SEATTLE MAGAZINE, from which Leonard received the 2014 Executive Excellence Award:
“For a man who runs a resource dedicated to Seattle’s past achievements, Leonard Garfield thinks a lot about the city’s future.
Some of that future is about his own Museum of History and Industry, or MOHAI. Garfield oversaw the recent move from the museum’s longtime home in Montlake to a new home on the south shore of Lake Union, refreshing its exhibits and bringing together its scattered collections to a new resource and conservation center in Georgetown.
“We’re reaching record numbers of visitors and students,” says Garfield, “and we want to extend even further. It’s a long-term commitment.”
But he doesn’t see those exhibits and resources as frozen in time. “We look at history as something that is happening today,” he explains. “We are making history.”
As we confront issues from improving schools to transportation, Garfield believes that MOHAI’s records of the past provide ideas and explain how things became as they are. “History is a tool we can use as a community to make better decisions going forward.”
Garfield sees the museum’s initiatives, including the new Bezos Center for Innovation, engaging the 25,000 students who now visit annually. “They cannot only connect with the story of where we’ve been, but [also] get excited about where we are going.”
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