A Museum Mission

Racquel West framed by shelves of storage at the Burke Museum.
Racquel West at the Burke Museum

“What we call ‘objects’ in the [Burke] collection aren’t just objects,” says Racquel West, above. “They are kin and they hold knowledge."
Media credit: Corinne Thrash

 

On her twenty-first birthday, UW senior Racquel West spent the afternoon visiting museums. It was free admission day in Tacoma, Washington and she couldn’t resist.

“I went to all the museums in Tacoma,” laughs West. “I’ve always been interested in museums and knowledge-sharing. I was really excited to spend my birthday that way.”

It’s not as if West is deprived of museums the rest of the year. Since March she has served as assistant outreach coordinator for the Burke Museum's...

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