The Department of Institutions will be well
represented at the Seattle World's Fair thanks to
a special bill passed by the 1961 State Legislature,
and also to the subsequent efforts of scores of
The bill was drafted and introduced by State
Senators Frances Haddon Morgan, Fred J. Martin,
and A. L. Rasmussen. It stipulated that:
"The World Fair Commission shall provide
the Department of Institutions with adequate
space at the World Fair or Century 21 Exposition
for the display and sale of articles produced or
manufactured as the result of occupational
therapy by persons confined to any State institution. Such space shall be furnished without
charge. The Director of Institutions shall credit
the proceeds derived from the sale of such
articles to the institution where produced or
manufactured to be used for recreational purposes by persons confined thereto."
Dr. Garrett Heyns, Director of Institutions,
delegated to Mrs. Maxine Hackman, the Department's Property Control Officer, responsibility
for coordinating and developing the exhibit and
sales program. What is taking shape is far
superior to anything anticipated by even the
most optimistic planners, with the possible
exception of Mrs. Hackman herself.
The Department has been given the fullest
possible assistance and cooperation by World's
Fair officials, particularly the World's Fair Commission and its Executive Director, Alfred R.
Rochester; Harry Henke III, Assistant Vice
President for Administration; George K. Whitney,
Director of Concessions and Amusements; Clayton Young, Director of Site and Building Development; and Frederic V. Schumacher, Director of
Operations and Services.
Among other things, the Department will
be furnished with two kiosks (display booths)
similar to the ones in the sketch, designed by
Seattle architects Wendell Lovett and Ted Bower.
The colorful kiosks with their distinctive flaring
roofs will be joined so that sales personnel can
move freely from one to the other. They will be
situated in what has been described as a "prime
The World's Fair staff al^o has volunteered
to furnish such things as cash registers and all
necessary utilities for the kiosks including water
and electricity. "Generally, each of the Century
21 Exposition departments will be available to
assist in the administration and supervision of
the merchandising operations," said Mr. Henke
in a letter to Dr. Heyns.
As for the merchandise itself, this represented
another major aspect of Mrs. Hackman's assignment, and involved the cooperation and work
of virtually every institution in the Department.
A wide range of souvenir-type articles will be
made in the institutions for sale at the kiosks,
including leather and wood work, craft projects,
art work, jewelry, plastic goods, photographs,
and the like.
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