OLYMPIA – Washington state’s imprint on the world is being celebrated in the state capitol building through an exhibit called “Grand Coulee to Grunge: Eight stories that changed the world.”
Unveiled this month, the visual, interactive exhibit recounts feats in business, science, technology and music that have influenced the globe. What those feats all have in common is they were done by people and companies who called Washington state home.
“Washington’s story is big and it is everywhere. How many states can claim they built the ‘biggest thing on earth’? How many can say they helped put man on the moon? Ushered in passenger air travel? Helped build the American West? Changed how we communicate across the world?” Secretary of State Kim Wyman noted.
“Washington is filled with innovative people who believe in change, who invest in the future and who refuse to accept defeat. It’s our heritage. It’s always been our heritage,” she added.
The display is free to the public and is privately funded. Washington stories that changed the world featured in the exhibit include everything from construction of Grand Coulee Dam to Hanford to Microsoft and Starbucks.
In between the public can listen and learn about Washingtonians who made a global difference in music, such as Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, and in engineering with Boeing’s work on the Saturn V rocket that launched several Apollo missions.
“Grand Coulee to Grunge: Eight stories that changed the world” will appear at the Capitol in Olympia through the next 12 months before it travels to heritage organizations statewide.