A new exhibit has opened at the State Capitol in Olympia, Washington. Grand Coulee to Grunge: Eight Stories That Changed the World was officially launched at a reception in the Capitol Rotunda on September 4, hosted by the Washington Office of the Secretary of State. The exhibit celebrates the State of Washington's great triumphs -- from the making of the Boeing Company that ushered in passenger air travel to the coffee culture inspired by Howard Schultz.
Grand Coulee to Grunge is an image driven exhibit that highlights our state's accomplishments in business, science, technology and music and their influence around the globe. According to Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the exhibit was designed and created by her Legacy Washington team to foster a better understanding of Washington -- from its key position along the Pacific Rim to the innovators and risk takers who transported Washington's name to the world stage. The exhibit features eight stories that influenced the world:
- Building the Future - Weyerhaeuser's rise into a timber empire
- Created the Eighth Wonder - Building of the Grand Coulee Dam
- Ended the War - Reviews Hanford Nuclear Reservation's role in providing plutonium for the atomic bomb
- Introduced Air Travel - Boeing's central role in aerospace and its contributions to world air travel
- Feeding the Globe - How Washington's agriculture industry grew to become a worldwide leader
- Exporting the Culture - Innovative companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Costco and Amaazon.com
- Rocked the Planet - Saluting Washington's musicians, from Bing Crosby to Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana
- Wired the World - How Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed Microsoft and helped connect the world
Secretary of State Wyman was a keynote speaker at Tuesday's reception, recounting Washington's accomplishments that put the state on the global map. Among the other speakers were musician and activist Krist Novoselic of Nirvana fame, along with business leaders and members of Washington's congressional delegation and state legislators.
Grand Coulee to Grunge: Eight Stories That Changed the World is located in the office lobby on the second floor of the Legislative Building in Olympia. The free, privately funded exhibit will be there for a year before traveling on to heritage organizations across the state.
The September 4 exhibit launch reception may be seen on TVW. It airs September 6 at 11 AM and 4 PM, September 7 at 11 AM and September 8 at 10 PM. The event will also be available for viewing online.