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Golden Apple Moments

There’s Something for Everyone at The Karshner Museum in Puyallup

Congratulations to the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture and Arts on being recognized as one of the seven recipients of the 2019 Golden Apple Moments for their outstanding achievements in education in Washington State.

September 30, 2019

The Karshner Museum and Center for Culture and Arts is owned and operated by the Puyallup School District. Since 1931, this free admission museum has charmed visitors with an eclectic mix of more than 7,000 artifacts, from Coast Salish baskets to a sizable collection of geological objects and insects on display. Dr. Warner Karshner endowed the museum to the school district with one caveat: it must be interactive for visitors.

On any school day, you’ll witness two different field trips where kids can handle ancient tools used by the Coast Salish tribes, make a cattail mat or pretend to be a Native hunter while actors play the role of the bear.

Lynda Belt serves as exhibit designer, event planner, archivist and preservationist for the Karshner. She says, "When students get to actually [interact] with artifacts, it's so much better than looking at a picture in a book. They can see the textures, the colors. They can understand what materials those artifacts were made of, how they were used in the culture. And it just excites them. They’re engaged and they become more involved in the learning."



PEMCO Insurance is a proud sponsor of Golden Apple Moments, which recognizes those who have made Washington schools better places for learning

Kathy Tuohey

Veteran producer Kathy Tuohey has been working in broadcast television for over 25 years. From daily segments to documentaries, her expertise includes arts programming, human interest stories and education specials. She is managing producer of the Golden Apple Awards, produces the Pathways to Excellence education series, and is a contributor to IN Close.  This Northwest native’s natural curiosity about the people and places of our region keeps her on the lookout for the next great story.

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