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March 16,2009

Dear Friends of NAAM,

I am delighted as we enter our second year as a vital community resource. I have wonderful news to share with you and know that you will join me in welcoming Norm Rice, former Mayor of Seattle from 1989-97, as President of NAAM’s Board of Directors. We are honored that he has agreed to steward the Museum into even greater success in the coming years and he looks forward to inviting you to share in the success of NAAM.

Photo:Jack Storm

My deep thanks to Ruby Love and Jeff Coopersmith for serving as Board Co-Chairs through NAAM's construction and first critical year.

Please come by to see our newest exhibition - Tacoma’s Civil Rights Struggle: African Americans Leading the Way . Harold Moss, Tacoma’s first Black Mayor, spoke eloquently about this exhibit at the February 4th opening and noted: "The content of our character is what we’re about, not the color of our skin." I encourage you to explore this rich exhibition with family and friends as it chronicles Tacoma’s civil rights history and holds special meaning for all of us at this moment in time.

Please join us on March 18 for a Member’s Preview of the colorful exhibition Stories that Cover Us from 5:30-7:30pm. This amazing exhibition offers a glimpse into the lives of local women quilters and I think you’ll find that their stories are so familiar and inviting that they speak for us as well.

Many of you already know that NAAM offers training and resources for those of you who want to trace your ancestry. Expert volunteers staff the Museum’s Multimedia Learning Center and popular genealogy workshops are held on 3rd Saturdays of every month beginning at 1:00pm. Join us!

NAAM celebrates its partnerships and we are thrilled to partner again with the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and Elliott Bay Book Company to feature noted author Walter Mosley on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00pm who will read from his new mystery The Long Fall - come and enjoy an evening of listening and great conversation with this celebrated author.

If you’re not already a member of NAAM, please join today and if you’ve been a member, we count on you to renew your membership. We rely on your membership support to fund our dynamic programs and exhibitions. Please encourage your family and friends to join NAAM too! For a limited time, we are offering a signed copy of Quincy Jones’ new and engaging book – The Complete Quincy Jones – My Journey and Passions -- when you sign up at the Patron level of $500 or above. We have limited signed copies of this memorable book to offer as a special premium so please sign up online or contact us by phone.

We look forward to seeing you here at your Museum!

Barbara Thomas with Quincy Jones,
Norm Rice and Shawna Angelou
Photo: Jack Storm

Museum Hours

Wednesday 11:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed

Help us meet our challenge grant

Our goal is to raise $150,000 in matching funds. Todate we've raise $31,500.

Stories That Cover Us Exhibition

Preview March 18, 2009

Coming Soon: Author Walter Mosley at NAAM

Join NAAM today as a member at the Patron Level
"When life begins to seem like too much, we should take a moment to let the soul catch up with the body. Go out and find a song you love, a poem that touches your heart, and take the time to let the whisper of Heaven’s voice come into your mind. Every day that you wake up and are still above the ground – that should be the only reason you need to be happy." - From The Complete Quincy Jones – My Journey and Passions ~ Quincy Jones

Become a member of NAAM at the $500 level or higher and receive a signed copy of this extraordinary book.

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