Escapes from McNeil Island--Presentation at McMenamins


McMenamins Elks Temple - Tacoma, WA
565 Broadway

Wed, May 8, 2019 at 12:30 AM - 3:30 AM

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The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Spanish Ballroom. This is a free event and they do not take reservations, so we will meet at the pub outside the Spanish Ballroom around 5:30 p.m. so we will be able to secure seating when the doors open for the event. About Escapes from McNeil Island Escapes from McNeil Island Presented by Gwen Whiting, Lead Curator of the Washington State Historical Society Before there was Alcatraz, there was McNeil. Washington State is home to an island prison that for many years was the most remote prison in the United States. First a territorial prison, then a federal penitentiary, and finally a state corrections center, the long history of McNeil is full of notorious criminals, daring escapes, and prison reforms. This illustrated presentation by Washington State Historical Society curator Gwen Whiting will focus on some of the many escapes from the island prison from humorous to harrowing. Behind-the-scenes photographs will illuminate the research that Whiting and the Historical Society team conducted to put together this exhibition through visits to this off-limits site. About the Speaker: Gwen Whiting is the lead curator at the Washington State Historical Society. The exhibitions Whiting has curated for the Society include Unlocking McNeil’s Past, Hope in Hard Times: Washington during the Great Depression, and COOPER (about Northwest skyjacker Dan “D.B.” Cooper). Whiting is currently at work researching and writing a biography of actress June Havoc, also known as the sister of Gypsy Rose Lee.