Science in Seattle

StoryCorps recently visited Seattle’s Pacific Science Center as part of our partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We were honored to collect the stories of supporters, employees, and patrons of the beloved community establishment in celebration of their recent National Medal Award.

Knute (L) and Eugenia (R)

Knute Berger (L) and Eugenia Woo (R)

Journalist Knute Berger and historian Eugenia Woo shared with StoryCorps how the 1962 World’s Fair brought an interest in Science to Seattle. Along with the Space Needle and monorail, the United States Science Pavilion was an installment that remained and eventually came to house the Pacific Science Center. With all of the school groups and students who pass through everyday- the PSC is molding the minds of the future while preserving a piece of the past.

Dana (L) and Carmen (R)

Dana Riley (L) and Carmen Riley (R)

“Girls can’t do science.” Dana Riley Black, the Director of the Center for Inquiry Science was interviewed by her inquisitive ten year old daughter Carmen. She remembered this statement a student made to her when she was teaching as part of the PSC’s “Science on Wheels” program. Dana showed her students that women belong in the science world. Today she models that lesson for her daughter in visits to the PSC. Carmen told her mom about her interests in rocks and minerals and Dana recalled her own experiences at the PSC when she was a child.

It was clear throughout our three recording days that the Pacific Science Center holds a special place in the hearts of Seattle citizens. It was a pleasure to learn more about its bright, dedicated patrons and employees.


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