Wednesday, July 23, 2014

History in Seattle

Seattle's Museum of History and Industry is on a roll.  

The museum holds millions of historical photographs from the city, the region and the Pacific Northwest all the way to Alaska.  

Strung from the ceiling is Bill Boeing's first commercial plane, a B-1 from 1919.  (Boeing was based in Seattle until it moved its headquarters to Chicago in 2001.)

Just last year, the museum opened the Bezos Center for Innovation, funded by a $10 million grant from the Amazon founder and his wife.

This week another exciting historical acquisition was announced:  The museum will become home to the first marijuana legally purchased in the state of Washington.

The 65-year-old donor, pictured above, was first in line after waiting all night before Cannabis City, a Seattle marijuana retailer, opened for business on July 8.  This donation will be augmented by other contributions of opening-day memorabilia from Cannabis City itself.

Washington state voters agreed in 2012 to legalize marijuana sales to purchasers over the age of 21.  The law has now gone into effect.  

Interestingly, the museum currently is featuring an exhibit on chocolate.  I'm wondering if this will set up a conflict when cannabis enthusiasts -- known to be fond of munchies -- visit the museum to see the historical marijuana collection and find themselves distracted by what else is on display. 

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