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Inland Northwest History Moment

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.

  • Pearl Allen recorded family moments on fabric of all sizes, from tablecloths to hot pads and diploma cases.
  • This episode describes the beginning of the Midnight Mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation.
  • Joey Lavadour shared the weaving legacy by teaching his family and other tribal members, helping to revive the tradition on the Umatilla Reservation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michael Cain describes his experience working at Kaiser Aluminum in 1980 and 1981.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Royal Riblet invented a square wheel, pigeon-hole parking, and other extraordinarily innovative designs.