Every third Wednesday of the month, The Seattle Public Library co-presents a series of evening presentations and panel discussions on Seattle and Pacific Northwest history at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave N., in the museum's Compass Café.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Dates, times and locations for upcoming History Café events are as follows:

Working for People and the Earth: Local Cooperative Histories 
The idea that people can solve economic problems by working together is at the heart of the cooperative (co-op) impulse. From coffee shops, breweries and banks to grocery stores and outdoor retailers: Seattle has birthed long-standing and well-known co-ops of many sizes. A panel of local co-op leaders moderated by Webster Walker will put today's regional co-ops in historical context. They'll also explore the potential co-ops have for addressing current economic, environmental and labor challenges.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19

Performing the Past: Re-enacting History through Theater
Listen to a panel discussion on the process of recreating historical events through theater and performance. The panel will examine the scholarly and creative processes at work in planning a performance, the significant role of architecture and authenticity of space, and the cultural and societal importance of contemporary performances. Panelists will include Zola Mumford, Tyrone Brown and Jane Kaplan.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug 16

Living with the Ship Canal: The Environmental and the Cultural

Join us for a panel discussion about the immediate, dramatic changes made by connecting Lake Washington and Puget Sound with the Ship Canal. You'll learn how the watershed was re-plumbed and the long-term impacts these changes have had on the local environment and people. Jennifer Ott, author and HistoryLink historian, will moderate.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20

History Café is co-presented by The Seattle Public Library, MOHAI and HistoryLink.org.