Doing Good – A Tribute to SPARK’s Volunteers

We feel fortunate to live in a community with so many charitable, public-spirited organizations whose mission is to help make our world a better place.  It’s humbling when looking over the list of the major challenges many of our fellow not-for-profit organizations choose to tackle:  Food banks, homelessness, mental health, protecting our environment, literacy & education, violence prevention, job training–the …

Some Reflections on the Pandemic

Having just passed the one year anniversary of when we shut our doors due to COVID-19, we, like much of the world, have found ourselves looking back on the last year reminiscing and remembering. We are so grateful to still be here serving our community and we are humbled as we remember those who have not been so fortunate. The …

A Nation United by Telephone

When Alexander Graham Bell first introduced his telephone in 1879, he predicted it would one day be accepted into every American home and business like gas and water. But to establish a telephone network that would someday reach homes all across the Nation—just like gas and water—there had to be an effective and affordable distribution system, a way to connect …

Lewis Latimer: Contributing to a Brighter World

“It’s a good thing Thomas Edison was born,” someone once proclaimed. “Or we never would have had the lightbulb.”   Upon hearing the comment, John Jenkins, SPARK Museum president & CEO, smiled and added, “If Thomas Edison had never been born, we wouldn’t have had a lightbulb for another week.” It’s amazing how many of us assume history’s greatest discoveries …

The value of a SPARK membership

You have probably heard that SPARK Museum has closed again temporarily, pursuant to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Nov. 15 mandate. More than ever, memberships are invaluable in supporting the work that SPARK does in the community. A membership is one of the best ways you can support SPARK Museum right now, because that money goes straight to supporting online education …

Can electricity bring people back to life?

In her book “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus,” published in 1818, author Mary Shelley was riffing on one of the profound questions of the time: “Is electricity the spark of life?” In her book, as you know, Shelley writes of a doctor — Victor Frankenstein — who becomes horrified at the creature he’s cobbled together from old body parts and …

PNW museums: a road trip

Looking to get out of the house? Why not explore a road trip through the Pacific Northwest to some of our state’s many interesting museums? Below is a sample trip. There are many museums that wouldn’t fit into this list, so feel free to replace any of them or create your own list from scratch! Before you visit any of …

Lightning Strikes Again on September 9, 2020 at SPARK Museum

SPARK is re-opening!!! After 6 long months of being closed due to COVID-19, we are so excited to welcome you all back on September 9th! Here are a few things to know before you come: Per Washington State Guidelines, all visitors, volunteers, and staff must wear a mask. Don’t have one? Don’t worry! We have disposable ones you can use …