Inland Northwest History Moment is a collaboration of Spokane Public Radio and the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC), in celebration of 100 Stories, the museum’s centennial exhibition. Click a title to find the podcast, an image and the written story, along with resources for further exploration.

Inland Northwest History Moment: Sewing Machine Storyteller

September 1, 2014, 4:26 pm
Pearl Allen recorded family moments on fabric of all sizes, from tablecloths to hot pads and diploma cases.







Inland Northwest History Moment: Uranium Fever

August 25, 2014, 3:02 pm
  This episode describes the beginning of the Midnight Mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation. 




Inland Northwest History Moment: Traditional Weaver Joey Lavador

August 18, 2014, 4:20 pm
Joey Lavadour shared the weaving legacy by teaching his family and other tribal members, helping to revive the tradition on the Umatilla Reservation.




Inland Northwest History Moment: The Doll Who Crossed the Sea

August 11, 2014, 3:49 pm
In 1927, Japan sent the US 58 "friendhsip dolls." Although most of the dolls were lost during the war, Washington's doll, Miss Tokushima, ended up at the MAC. 





Inland Northwest History Moment: Summer of Fire

August 4, 2014, 3:54 pm
In 1889, 32 downtown blocks of Spokane Falls burned. Landlord Daniel Dwight ventured into the rubble and returned with souvenirs, like these melted poker chips.

Inland Northwest History Moment: Small Town Survival and the Fonk's Variety Store

July 28, 2014, 4:44 pm
Colville, Washington welcomed the opening of a Fonk’s store 1939. Its neon sign hung on their Main Street until 2001 when it re-appeared in an opening exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane. 



Inland Northwest History Moment: Second Wave of Feminism

July 21, 2014, 4:04 pm
Marion Moos was a founding member of Spokane's chapter of the National Organization for Women and ran a feminist bookstore in Spokane for four years.






Inland Northwest History Moment: Kaiser Aluminum's Potlines

July 14, 2014, 1:35 pm

Michael Cain describes his experience working at Kaiser Aluminum in 1980 and 1981.




Inland Northwest History Moment: Petland

July 7, 2014, 3:51 pm
Artist Kathryn Glowen created an art collection, "Petland," as a tribute to her friend Mamie Rand's life as a pet store owner, accountant, and amateur musician. 



Inland Northwest History Moment: New Deal for Art

June 30, 2014, 4:34 pm
The Spokane Art Center was a dynamic force in the community, as thousands of adults and children enrolled in free classes during the Great Depression. 




Inland Northwest History Moment: Extraordinary Inventor Royal Riblet

June 23, 2014, 4:41 pm
Royal Riblet invented a square wheel, pigeon-hole parking, and other extraordinarily innovative designs. 



Inland Northwest History Moment: Comfort King Combine Cabs

June 16, 2014, 1:22 pm
Mike Johnson invented the Comfort King Combine Cab for tractors to protect farmers from the elements. His plant installed as many as 100 cabs per year for local farmers. 



Inland Northwest History Moment: Mayor James E. Chase

June 9, 2014, 1:42 pm
This episode tells the story of Spokane's first African American mayor, James Chase.





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