a community newsletter for our neighbors summer 2009 in this issue special aYpe edition f model t coast-to-coast race f aYpe most photographed fair in historY f aYpe walking tour From logs to log-ons: celebrating 100 years This summer, the University of Washington and the City of But all of that changed after 1909. The Exposition planted the Seattle will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Alaska- seeds for a century of new inquiry, inspiration and interpersonal Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE), held on the University of connections that had a profound impact not only on Washington Washington campus from June 1 through October 16, 1909. state but around the world, especially on what is now called the Pacific Rim. Conceived by local businessmen to promote Seattle’s industry, resources, trade connections and natural beauty, the Exposition Today, the raw and rugged logging town that so audaciously also transformed the newly-relocated university on the shores of envisioned its future in a public university, realized its dream Lake Washington, bringing the world to its doors and order to its of becoming a vital world center of research and technology; stunning but untamed landscapes. its health, economy and quality of life inexorably linked to the engines of discovery it set in motion so long ago. Although a Territorial University had been launched in Washington 48 years earlier, in an ornate building at what is No longer relying on trains and steamships to bring the world now Fourth Avenue and University Street in downtown Seattle, to campus, the University of Washington now communicates its growth had been compromised by a faltering state economy instantaneously with the world via the Internet, “logging on” and stifling isolation from the world of ideas and discoveries many times each day to create better lives and generate new generated by its counterpart universities on the eastern opportunities for Seattle, Washington state and the world. seaboard. Even after the transcontinental railroad finally crossed the Cascades in 1887, travel was treacherous and lengthy. A listing of all AYPE events on the UW campus this summer and fall is available at www.washington.edu/visit/aype. L Coast to coast in a Model T L to commemorate the opening of the Henry Ford believed that his lightweight, flexible Model T was perfect for both 1909 roads and the conditions of the race — alaska-Yukon-pacific exposition in rain, mud, streams, deserts, and Snoqualmie Pass — and 23 seattle, six automobiles — two model t days later the first Model T crossed the finish line at Geyser Basin (now Drumheller Fountain on the UW campus). Although fords, an itala, a stearns, an acme eventually disqualified when it was revealed that the engine had been replaced (making the Shawmut the winner), Model T and a shawmut — set off from new York sales soared. in 1909 in what was called the “ocean In a re-creation of that historic race, 54 Model T Fords will arrive to ocean endurance race.” at Drumheller Fountain on Sunday, July 12, in the last leg of a month-long journey from White Plains, NY to Seattle. Scheduled to begin crossing the finish line at 10 a.m., they will be met with a welcoming ceremony that will include a display of alternative-energy vehicles currently in use by both the City of Seattle and the UW. At noon, the Model Ts will leave for a celebratory parade down Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle. For more details and an itinerary of the 2009 cross-country race, please visit www.washington.edu/visit/aype. PhoTos FroM UniversiTy oF WashingTon Libraries, sPeCiaL CoLLeCTions Division. above: noWeLL x2215 LeFT: noWeLL x2210. AYPE attracted almost three million visitors and closed with a surplus of $63,000 which was donated to the Seaman’s Institute and the Anti-Tuberculosis League. at the burke museum: free aYpe summer events: may 30 – nov. 29, Exhibit, sept. 13, Symposium, Asian June 1 – oct. 30 AYP: Indigenous Voices Reply, and Pacific Participants at Exhibit, When the World Came Exhibit, Capturing the AYPE: Frank examining the representation the AYPE: Fear and Friendship. to Campus, Suzzallo Library Nowell, Exposition Photographer, of indigenous peoples at AYPE. 10–5. For details and Exhibit Room 102. Re-creates Allen Library Balcony. Open daily, 10-5, Th 10-8. Free registration visit the grandeur of AYPE with Exhibit, Alaskan Women’s Work admission first Thursdays. Also www.cinarc.org/aype.html. photographs and memorabilia at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific free to Burke members, children displayed in historic settings. Exposition, Special Collections under five years, and UW Lobby, Allen Library South Basement. students, faculty and staff. For libraries and exhibit hours, visit www.lib.washington.edu. the most photographed fair in history? The confluence of several forces may have made the alaska-yukon- created the most enduring legacy. according to a new book Pacific-exposition the most photographed world’s fair in history: about the fair, Picturing the alaska-yukon-Pacific exposition: the City beautiful movement, which inspired grand neoclassic The Photographs of Frank h. nowell, by UW visual Materials buildings thought to promote moral and civic virtue; photographic Curator nicolette bromberg, nowell’s photographs of the fair advances, including motion pictures, dry plate negatives, and, for appeared regularly in newspapers, magazines, and other venues hobbyists, $1 “brownie” cameras and rolled film; and the exploding to promote fair attendance. UW special Collections, housed in popularity of picture postcards, widely used for quick notes much UW Libraries, holds thousands of these photographs, including as text messages are today. the largest collection of nowell originals. The book is due out this summer and also includes “rephotographs” of ayPe sites taken but it was the elegant and beautiful portraits of the palatial by UW photography students working under UW photography buildings and landscaped walkways by professional photographers, lecturer John stamets. especially ayPe official photographer Frank h. nowell, which have An open-air “natural amphitheater” where Padelford Hall now stands was built for the AYPE opening day speech by James J. Hill. It was also the site of a later speech by President Taft and, in 1911, a rousing alaska speech on preserving Washington’s environment by Teddy Roosevelt. yukon relive aYp exposition with a campus walking tour guided ayPe Centennial walking tours of the UW seattle campus are now underway and will continue throughout the summer. Friends of seattle’s olmstead Parks are conducting free tours starting at the burke Museum at 10 a.m. on the last saturday of the month, June through september. The seattle architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Museum of history & industry, is offering 90 minute tours followed by an informal chat session on every first Thursday of the month from June to october, beginning at 6 p.m. at architecture hall. Tickets ($10 Mohai members, $15 others) are available at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. exposition in addition to guided tours, a free walking tour brochure about ayPe and the UW campus is available from the UW visitor’s Center, the suzzallo and allen Libraries, and University bookstore. The self- guided tour follows a path that coincides with new campus signage explaining the history and impact of the ayPe on the UW campus. neighborhood resources June 22 – sept. 27, AYPE July 12, Reenacting the New York sept. 23, University of husky athletics: www.gohuskies.com Centennial Photography Project, to Seattle auto race of 1909, Washington Club Centennial city of seattle: Architecture Hall, top floor. 54 Model T Fords will arrive at Open House, featuring AYPE www.ci.seattle.wa.us AYPE “rephotographs” by UW Drumheller Fountain on the last “Hoo-Hoo Club” photo exhibit, transportation: photography students. Open leg of their journey from New Colleen Rohrbaugh Room http://transit.metrokc.gov M–F, 9–5. York state. They will be joined (downstairs) 9–4:30. seattle police: by electric cars from the UW and www.seattle.gov/police the City of Seattle. 10 a.m. uw police: www.washington.edu/ admin/police/index.php north of 45th committee: www.washington.edu/community u-district chamber of commerce: www.udistrictchamber.org university heights center: www.uhcca.org a community newsletter for our neighbors University of Washington + box 359520 + seattle, Wa 98195-9520 Nonprofit Org. email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.washington.edu/community Phone: 206-221-4183 U.S. Postage P A I D Seattle, WA Permit No. 62 meet Your neighbor Leonard garfield, director of the Museum of history & industry Leonard garfield, director of the Museum of history & industry garfield believes that civic literacy — (Mohai), is more than an expert on northwest history; he is understanding the community in which also an expert on making history a tool for future generations. you live — is the key to an engaged, well- “We like people to think about history and what can be learned informed citizenry. he notes that anyone from it,” says garfield, who came to Mohai 10 years ago from 4 can explore the several thousand historic Culture, the cultural services agency for King County. images available online through seattlehistory.org, and he is proud of the fact that thousands of school children Mohai’s ayPe exhibits, which will continue throughout 2009, a year visit Mohai for its state-certified program on local support garfield’s goal of people learning from history. history, noting that he has “never turned away a class actual fair artifacts, such as the Dubilier wireless telephone, because of lack of funds.” continuous silent movie footage of the fair, or the gallery of captioned photographs made from original glass negatives, help in 2012, because of the planned widening of sr 520, Mohai visitors view ayPe through 1909 eyes. will be moving from McCurdy Park in Montlake to the former naval reserve armory on south Lake Union. although the fair was a showcase for new technology — automobiles, baby incubators, even a salmon-butchering “We are a hometown museum and will miss our neighbors, machine — it also reflected the ignorance and prejudice of the many of whom came here as children and are now returning time, celebrating Washington’s ties to exotic foreign ports even with their grandchildren.” but, he says, the new location will as it exploited their native populations in “ethnic” exhibits. be more central, and Mohai’s long history of working with the UW through internships and special Collections collaborations will not change. help keep Front Porch green by sending us your email address! an electronic mailing list is currently under construction. 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