Peninsula Art League Open Juried Show
Sep
9
Oct 30

Peninsula Art League Open Juried Show

Peninsula Art League’s 14th annual Open Juried Show opens September 9th at the Harbor History Museum on Gig Harbor’s historic working waterfront. The show runs through October 30th and will showcase paintings and sculptures by 52 fine artists from as far away as Illinois and New York.

Seattle painter Teresa Saia served as juror for the show. She will also teach a workshop in Gig Harbor September 23rd, 24th and 25th. The workshop is open to pastel, oil and acrylic painters and will focus on creating dramatic, timeless landscapes.

Access to the show is included in museum admission during regular business hours. Admission is free on October 1st and PAL docents will give free guided tours of the exhibit from 1-5pm that day. 

“We know that people like to meet artists and to talk about art,” PAL member Myrna Binion said.  “Our docents will talk about what goes into making a good painting or other artwork and we will have information about why certain artworks were selected by our juror to receive awards.”

Refreshments will be available during the guided tours. Visitors to the show are encouraged to vote for their favorite artwork to receive the People’s Choice Award. Voting continues through noon on October 30th and the winner will be announced at 4:30pm that day. All artworks in the show are for sale.

For information on the show, contact Carlene Salazar at carlene.salazar@gmail.com. For information on Teresa Saia’s workshop, contact Myrna Binion at myrnalb@comcast.net.

History Rocks 2016
Oct
1
5:30 pm17:30

History Rocks 2016

Harbor History Museum is putting on the ritz for this year's History Rocks! Return with us to the glitz, swing, and swagger of the Roaring 20s with our theme "Razzle, Dazzle, Gin & Jazz!"

There's a reason why this year is special: 2016 marks the 15th year of History Rocks, Gig Harbor's premier philanthropic and social event. What better way to celebrate this milestone than with a glamorous gala. We celebrate our local heritage and raise much needed funds to support the Harbor History Museum's operational and programming needs.

So don your flapper attire and get ready to Charleston up to the Tacoma Narrows Aviation Hangar! Festivities begin at 5:30pm on October 1st, 2016. This year's exuberant theme means a night of glitzy decor, lavish dining, and a wealth of live and silent auction items that you simply won't be able to find anywhere else.

Tickets are now on sale on Harbor History Museum's website. Visit our Purchase Tickets page to get yours today. Table and event sponsorships are also still available. For details, contact Katharine Hensler, Executive Director, at katharineh@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 3. 

 

Gig Harbor Literary Society
Oct
4
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor Library invite you to join the Gig Harbor Literary Society, a group dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of interest in our community. The second meeting of the Gig Harbor Literary Society will be on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

The book for the October meeting will be The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by popular Swedish author, Jonas Jonasson. This slim novel packs punch, telling the larger-than-life story of the elderly Allan Karlsson and his wild adventures. At times quirky, touching, and funny, this novel is a genuine treat!

Attendees are welcome to bring an appetizer or dish to share with fellow bibliophiles. The Museum will provide complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy a drink while you talk books? You are welcome to BYOW! (Bring Your Own Wine!) Museum and PCL staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase at Harbor History Museum's store and online at Amazon.com.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. 

Our Town Rewind: Native America
Oct
15
1:00 pm13:00

Our Town Rewind: Native America

Harbor History Museum invites you for an encore presentation of one of our popular educational programs, Our Town: Native America with DeAnn Jacobson on October 15th from 1:00-2:00pm.

DeAnn Jacobson is a 5th generation great granddaughter of Chief Seattle and 4th generation great granddaughter of his daughter Princess Angeline. She is of Suquamish and Duwamish descent and is a enrolled member of the Duwamish Tribe in West Seattle. She was born and raised in the Puget Sound region and loves the rich diversity of the native culture of the region. DeAnn began learning the art of weaving cedar and other local materials, apprenticing under her second cousin, master basket weaver, Mary Lou Slaughter.

DeAnn has collaborated with the Burke Museum, Museum of History and Industry, Duwamish Tribe, and Indian Education program in the Central Kitsap School District. She has also had the opportunity to share and learn weaving skills cross-culturally to orphaned children through Children of the Nations in Uganda, Africa. 

This talk is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve your seat, please contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6.

Third Thursdays (on a Friday!) at the Museum: Alejandro Fleites [Cuban music]
Oct
21
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursdays (on a Friday!) at the Museum: Alejandro Fleites [Cuban music]

Harbor History Museum is thrilled to welcome back accomplished guitarist, Alejandro Fleites, to the stage at the Museum on Friday, October 21st from 7:00-8:30pm. Always a treat to see live, Alejandro will perform works from the Cuban musical tradition, including salsa, son, rhumba, and Afro-Cuban for the Gig Harbor community.

Doors open at 6:00pm for happy hour. A cash bar featuring local beer and regional wines is available. Tickets are $18 for members and $25 for non-members, and include entrance to Museum galleries for the evening. To get your tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page or call 253-858-6722. For more information about Harbor History Museum's Third Thursdays at the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722 ext. 5.

Annual Members Meeting
Oct
25
5:30 pm17:30

Annual Members Meeting

Harbor History Museum members are invited to join us for the Museum's Annual Members Meeting on October 25th at 5:30pm at the Museum. Katharine Hensler, Executive Director, and Museum staff will discuss the state of the Museum, sharing its growth and development in 2016. A guest speaker will follow. Refreshments will be available.

Ballots for the Museum's Board of Directors will be mailed within the next two weeks. For more information, contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722.

Night at the Museum: Harbor History Museum
Oct
29
7:00 pm19:00

Night at the Museum: Harbor History Museum

Ready for a scary good time?! In the (haunted) spirit of the season, we are thrilled to announce that the Museum will host Night at the Museum: Harbor History Museum's 1st Annual Halloween Ball, a spooky soiree for grown-up ghosts, ghouls, and goblins on Saturday, October 29th from 7:00-10:00pm.

The first event of its kind at the Museum, Night at the Museum will include Halloween-themed rooms, music and dancing, costume contest, door prizes, scary stories, and more. 

Pre-sale tickets are $75; tickets are available for $85 at the door on the night of the event. Ticket prices include heavy appetizers, two drink tickets, and entrance to the Museum's exhibits for the evenings. To purchase tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page. For questions, contact the Museum at 253-858-6722.

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Border Songs by Jim Lynch
Nov
1
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Border Songs by Jim Lynch

Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor Library invite you to join the Gig Harbor Literary Society, a group dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of interest in our community. The second meeting of the Gig Harbor Literary Society will be on Tuesday, November 1st at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

The book for the November meeting will be Border Songs by author, Jim Lynch. Border Songs is a comical, touching novel about the border between Washington state and British Columbia and a young man who patrols it.  

Attendees are welcome to bring an appetizer or dish to share with fellow bibliophiles. The Museum will provide complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy a drink while you talk books? You are welcome to BYOW! (Bring Your Own Wine!) Museum and Gig Harbor Library staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase at Harbor History Museum's store and online at Amazon.com.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, atalphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. 

Humanities Washington: Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior with Scott Woodward
Nov
2
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities Washington: Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior with Scott Woodward

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt made a 17-city whistle stop tour of Washington State, inspiring thousands of Washington residents on both sides of the Cascades. The wilderness legacy that ensued from this visit guarantees our sense of place in Washington state today with the formation of national wildlife refuges, national forests and parks, and national monuments.

Join us on Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:00pm as history teacher, Scott Woodward, explores this fascinating topic in his Humanities Washington presentation, Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior. This presentation combines music, anthropology and history as Woodward discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today.

Doors open at 5:30pm. The talk will be followed by a reception featuring complimentary snacks, a cash bar, and entrance to the Museum galleries for the evening. This event is FREE and open to the public, but seats are limited. To reserve your place, please contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5 today. 

Salmon Significance: The Story of Salmon in Donkey Creek
Nov
18
1:00 pm13:00

Salmon Significance: The Story of Salmon in Donkey Creek

From the first Native American community to the Gig Harbor of today, the waters of Austin Estuary and Donkey Creek have been a significant site in our local ecology, especially for the chum salmon that frequent them. On November 18th from 1:00-2:00pm, join Harbor History Museum for a special program with Harbor WildWatch’s Science Specialist, Stena Troyer. Stena will walk guests through the history of Austin Estuary and Donkey Creek Park, the impact of the 2013 Donkey Creek Restoration Project, and the development of Harbor WildWatch’s salmon monitoring program.

This event is $2 for members of Harbor History Museum and Harbor WildWatch and $5 for non-members. To reserve your seat, please contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6.

Our Town Rewind: Ireland
Mar
17
2:00 pm14:00

Our Town Rewind: Ireland

Join us for a special St. Patrick's Day encore of 2016's sell-out talk for Our Town: Ireland!

Although Irish immigrants were few in early Gig Harbor, Ireland is well represented by the Sweeney Family and its matriarch, Teresa McCambridge Sweeney. On March 17th from 2:00-3:00pm, educator Leann O’Neill will transport you to the turn of the century where you will meet Teresa and hear her intriguing life story in her own words. This program is FREE but seats are limited. To reserve your place today, contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6.


Oktoberfest at Harbor History Museum
Sep
24
12:00 pm12:00

Oktoberfest at Harbor History Museum

THIS EVENT IS FULL. TO INQUIRE ABOUT OUR WAITLIST, CONTACT ELIZABETH@HARBORHISTORYMUSEUM.ORG.

On September 24th, Harbor History Museum will host its first Oktoberfest as part of the Our Town program series. Delight in the exuberance of this treasured German tradition. Get creative with Bavarian-inspired crafts! Move your feet to the sound of Sylvia's Band German Style! Nosh on authentic snacks! For the 21+ crowd, sample refreshing local beer from Harbor Greens and Puyallup River Brewing. IDs are required.

Doors open at 12:00pm. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Purchasing tickets is as easy as eins, zwei, drei when you visit our Buy Tickets pageContact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6. 

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Steve Stefanowicz [Blues Guitar]
Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Steve Stefanowicz [Blues Guitar]

Let's mix things up a bit! Join Harbor History Museum on September 15 at 7:00pm for an evening of blues guitar, show-stopping vocals, and a lot of fun with local blues guitarist, Steve Stefanowicz.

A consummate showman, Steve Stefanowicz knows how to delight audiences with his unique blend of acoustic guitar, rich vocals and sharp wit. Although he has been blind since birth, Steve began playing the guitar at age four, when his father would tune the guitar to a chord, hold Steve on his lap, and sing along while Steve strummed the guitar. At age twelve, he officially began taking lessons. He went on to study classical and jazz at Central Washington University and has been performing ever since.

Doors open at 6:00pm for happy hour. Light snacks and refreshments are available. Tickets are $18 for members and $25 for non-members. To get your tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page or call 253-858-6722. For more information about Harbor History Museum's Third Thursdays at the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722 ext. 5.

Humanities Washington: Ripe for the Telling with Julia Harrison
Sep
7
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities Washington: Ripe for the Telling with Julia Harrison

THIS TALK IS NOW FULL. TO JOIN OUR WAITLIST, CONTACT ALPHILD DICK, MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR, AT ALPHILDD@HARBORHISTORYMUSEUM.ORG.

What is the messy and juicy history of Washington’s produce industry? Who was Cashmere’s Cider King? Anthropologist Julia Harrison will cover how produce entwines with historic events and reflect our changing relationship with the natural world. This talk features a colorful cast of characters, from pioneers, entrepreneurs, orchardists, labor activists, a horticultural prodigy, and Cashmere's own "Cider King." Ripe with suspense, sorrow, triumph, heroism and even a dash of romance, this presentation will tell some of the juiciest stories of Washington's past. 

Doors open at 5:30pm. The talk will be followed by a reception featuring complimentary snacks, a cash bar, and entrance to the Museum galleries for the evening. A complimentary tasting of locally produced cider from Vashon's own Dragon's Head Cider will also be provided. This event is FREE and open to the public, but seats are limited. To reserve your place, please contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5 today. 

 

Gig Harbor Literary Society: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Sep
6
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

THIS EVENT IS FULL. TO JOIN OUR WAITLIST, CONTACT ALPHILD DICK, MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR, AT ALPHILDD@HARBORHISTORYMUSEUM.ORG.

Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor branch of the Pierce County Library invite you to join the Gig Harbor Literary Society, dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of import. The inaugural meeting of the Gig Harbor Literary Society will be on Tuesday, September 6th at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

The book for the September meeting will be A God In Ruins by acclaimed author, Kate Atkinson. This beautifully written novel explores the life of a WWII bombardier, a fitting choice following the current Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front exhibit. Gripping, funny, and full of emotion, this book is one you can't put down...and can't forget!

Attendees are welcome to bring an appetizer or dish to share with fellow bibliophiles. The Museum will provide complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy a drink while you talk books? You are welcome to BYOW! (Bring Your Own Wine!) Museum and PCL staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor branch of the Pierce County Library, as well as for purchase online at Amazon.com.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. 

Our Town: Germany [Family]
Sep
3
1:00 pm13:00

Our Town: Germany [Family]

Top off your summer with a handmade craft. On September 3rd from 1:00–3:00pm, put a feather in your cap by creating your very own traditional Alpine hat. This event is FREE.

If you are interested in learning more about our family programming or would like to make a reservation, please email elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722 ext. 6

 

Bomber Boys Fly-In
Sep
2
3:00 pm15:00

Bomber Boys Fly-In

On September 2nd from 3:00-5:00pm, answer the question: how good are you at plane spotting, aerial gunnery, and insignia ID? Join us for a "family fly-in" where you can earn your wings by making B-25 bomber replicas and color coding Air Corps insignias. This event is FREE and open to the public. All ages are welcome!

For more information, contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6.

Bomber Boys Backstory
Sep
2
1:00 pm13:00

Bomber Boys Backstory

Stephanie Lile, curator of Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front returns to Harbor History Museum for an encore talk on the backstory behind her popular new exhibit. Stephanie will share a behind-the-scenes look at how a hidden cache of World War II photos, letters, artifacts, ephemera, and more was transformed into an exhibit of national significance. Visit the Museum on September 2nd from 1:00-2:00pm and learn about the life of Gig Harbor native Keith Lile, the lives of WWII bombardiers, and the process of putting together a major museum exhibit in this hour-long presentation by curator Stephanie Lile.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve your seat, please contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6.

FREE Admission Day
Sep
1
10:00 am10:00

FREE Admission Day

Harbor History Museum is excited to announce that we will offer a day of FREE admission to the Museum on Thursday, September 1st. This is a great opportunity to see Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front, a collection focusing on World War II bombardiers courtesy of Gig Harbor curator, Stephanie Lile; Bering Street Studios; and UW Tacoma's Museum Studies students, before it closes on September 4th. Don't forgot to check out our Permanent Gallery, Maritime Gallery, and the historic Midway Schoolhouse, as well!

No restrictions apply. For questions, please contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722. For questions, please contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722. 

The Beatniks on the Bay
Aug
21
2:00 pm14:00

The Beatniks on the Bay

If you missed out on tickets at History Rocks 2015, here is your chance to join in the fun! On August 21st from 2:00-5:00pm, experience a private Beatniks concert to celebrate summer 2016 at the historic waterfront property of David and Pat Schmidt overlooking Puget Sound. Mingle with other Beatniks fans over gourmet local fare. Sample craft beers, wines, and cocktails. Groove to the sounds of the 60s and 70s with the wildly popular Beatniks.

Tickets are $135 for this sought-after experience. To purchase tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page. For questions and inquiries, contact Katharine Hensler, Executive Director, at katharineh@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext.3.

Our Town: Finland [Adult]
Aug
20
2:00 pm14:00

Our Town: Finland [Adult]

The Finnish Choral Society of Seattle is one of the remaining American choirs to sing in Finnish. On August 20th from 2:00–3:00pm, enjoy a group performance that will include kantele playing and a Kalevala trio. Tickets for members are $5.00 and $7.50 for non-members.

To purchase your tickets for this concert, contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722. For more information on Museum programming, contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6. 

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Richard Twice [Folk Music]
Aug
18
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Richard Twice [Folk Music]

Harbor History Museum welcomes back legendary singer-songwriter Richard Twice for our August 18th Third Thursday concert. This talented musician wowed us with his 2015 show--don't miss out on this amazing encore performance. 

Richard Atkins' unique life has had many twists and turns, and more than one brush with super stardom. After learning how to play the guitar while immobilized with a broken leg at the age of 17, he has never been far from his pen, paper, and guitar, even after life led him away from the stage. Richard does not perform regularly, so it is an enormous treat to have him join us with his evocative lyrics and acoustic guitar! 

This Third Thursday performance will be accompanied by the premier of the short animated documentary film, Richard Twice, by documentarian Matthew Salton. Based on the life of Richard Atkins, this film showcases the skillful artistry of both the musician and filmmaker alike. 

Tickets are $18 for members and $25 for non-members and includes admission to the Museum's exhibits for the evening. Doors open for happy hour at 6:00pm, which includes complimentary snacks and a cash bar featuring beer from 7Seas Brewery and regional wines. To get tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page. For more information about Third Thursdays at the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5.

Bomber Boys Backstory: Presentation with Stephanie Lile
Aug
18
1:00 pm13:00

Bomber Boys Backstory: Presentation with Stephanie Lile

Stephanie Lile, curator of Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front shares a behind-the-scenes look at how a hidden cache of World War II photos, letters, artifacts, ephemera, and more was transformed into an exhibit of national significance. Join the Museum on August 18th from 1:00-2:00pm and learn about the life of Gig Harbor native Keith Lile, the lives of WWII bombardiers, and the process of putting together a major museum exhibit in this hour-long presentation by curator Stephanie Lile.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve your seat, please contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6.

Harbor History Museum's Summer Business Breakfast
Aug
17
7:30 am07:30

Harbor History Museum's Summer Business Breakfast

Join Harbor History Museum on Wednesday, August 17th from 7:30-9:00am for our quarterly business breakfast. Meet and network with local business representatives while enjoying a delicious breakfast and fresh coffee in the Museum's Lobby Gallery. 

No RSVPs required. For more information, contact Katharine Hensler, Executive Director, at katharineh@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 3. 

Our Town: Finland [Family]
Aug
13
1:00 pm13:00

Our Town: Finland [Family]

The Northern Lights are known as nature’s most spectacular light show. On August 13th from 1:00–3:00pm, use chalk to make your own breathtaking views. This event is FREE.

If you are interested in learning more about our family programming or would like to make a reservation, please email elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722 ext. 6

Our Town: Ireland [Family]
Jul
30
1:00 pm13:00

Our Town: Ireland [Family]

The aroma and taste of traditional soda bread is unique to Ireland. On July 30th from 1:00–3:00pm, visit Harbor History Museum to mix together this rustic treat. This event is FREE.

If you are interested in learning more about our family programming or would like to make a reservation, please email elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722 ext. 6

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Trio Guadalevin [World Music]
Jul
28
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Trio Guadalevin [World Music]

Please note that this Third Thursday concert is on the fourth Thursday of the month. 

Join Harbor History Museum on July 28 and be transported around the world by the sounds of Trio Guadalevin. Named for the ancient river and gorge that divides the city of Rhonda in Andalusia, Trio Guadalevín explores the deep roots that bind the Americas with Southern Europe, the Maghreb and West Africa – roots that stretch across the ocean and intermingle Indigenous, African, Arabic and European cultural expressions.

Drawing on Mexican Son Jarocho and Huasteco, melodies sung in Zapotec, Spanish xácaras, Italian ciaccona, Andalusian song, Sephardic balladry and Moroccan shabia, artists Abel Rocha, August Denhard and Antonio Gómez interpret and often re-imagine a soundscape that draws on the many facets of identity that link Latin America and the Mediterranean.

Tickets are $18 for members and $25 for non-members and includes free admission to the Museum. Doors open for happy hour at 6:00pm, which includes complimentary snacks and a cash bar featuring local wines and beers. To get tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page. For more information about Third Thursdays at the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. 

Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front Members Reception
Jul
27
6:00 pm18:00

Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front Members Reception

Harbor History Museum welcomes members to join the Museum for a special members-only reception for Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front on July 27th. See this exciting new display that explores the lives of the 445th bomb squadron of the legendary 12th Army Air Corps of World War II. Developed by Bering Street Studio, Bomber Boys features photographs reproduced from a stash of World War II images, ephemera, and a diary from 1945 discovered by local curator, Stephanie Lile. 

This special members-only reception begins at 6:00pm and features complimentary snacks, drinks, and a curator talk. 

Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front
Jul
27
Sep 4

Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front

Harbor History Museum is pleased to host “Bomber Boys: Portraits From the Front,” a new traveling exhibition developed by Bering Street Studio. Featuring a series of striking photographs reproduced from a secret stash of World War II images, ephemera, and a diary from 1945, the exhibit highlights the combat, captains, crew, and camp life of the 445th bomb squadron of the 12th Army Air Corps stationed mainly on Corsica and in Italy.

“This amazing collection was found when my sister and I were cleaning out the hayloft of our horse barn in Gig Harbor, Washington,” says Stephanie Lile, exhibit curator and longtime museum professional. “Dad never talked much about the war and never seemed to want to, so finding the box of dusty old photos and a diary was a huge surprise.” Lile and her four siblings felt the collection was too special not to share. In fact, she has spent the last 10 years researching and cataloging the collection, an adventure that took her both to Italy and to Arizona to fly in an historic B-25.

Lile used the collection as inspiration for a young adult novel THE TAIL GUNNER; after its publication, she and her family decided to expand access to the collection by creating a traveling exhibition. Lile is a lecturer for Museum Studies at University of Washington Tacoma, and she saw an opportunity to use the collection and exhibit to involve her students in a real-world project. “The students did much of the background research on specific topics and people that was then transformed into various interpretive elements,” explains Lile. “The stories that have surfaced are amazing. One student discovered that Lorton Wellnitz, one of the bomber boys pictured in the exhibit, was not only an enlisted man and statistician, but an all-star pitcher around base.”

The exhibit features portraits of the “boys” who flew B-25 bombers in the Mediterranean theater. Some of them are known, like Wellnitz and Keith B. Lile—the tail gunner whose collection these images came from, but most are not. One of the curator’s hopes in presenting this exhibit is that as the show travels, people will recognize some of the men depicted. A handful of the men in the portraits were identified by notes on the original prints, but many remain a mystery.

“Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front” will be on view from July 27th to September 4th. Harbor History Museum will host a members-only reception on July 27th from 6:00-8:00pm, including a curator talk and complimentary appetizers and refreshments.

For more information about Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front, visit www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5 with questions.

The Early Years: Mardie Rees Solo Exhibition Reception
Jul
15
5:30 pm17:30

The Early Years: Mardie Rees Solo Exhibition Reception

On July 15th, join Harbor History Museum and acclaimed sculptor, Mardie Rees, for the opening reception for The Early Years: Mardie Rees Solo Exhibition at Harbor History Museum.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30pm. The reception will include complimentary snacks, a cash bar, and an artist at at 7:00pm. 

RSVPs are encouraged. For more information about the reception or the Museum's Lobby Gallery, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or at 253-858-6722 ext. 5. 

Our Town: Ireland [Adult]
Jul
9
2:00 pm14:00

Our Town: Ireland [Adult]

Registration for this event is FULL. To inquire about our wait list, contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6. 

Although Irish immigrants were few in early Gig Harbor, Ireland is well represented by the Sweeney Family and its matriarch, Teresa McCambridge Sweeney. On July 9th from 2:00-3:00pm, educator Leann O’Neill will transport you to the turn of the century where you will meet Teresa and hear her intriguing life story in her own words.

This program is FREE but seats are limited. To reserve your place today, contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6. 

Humanities Washington: Llyn De Danaan and "History in Your Backyard"
Jul
7
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities Washington: Llyn De Danaan and "History in Your Backyard"

Join Harbor History Museum for the second in its 2016 lecture series. Thanks to a generous grant from Humanities Washington, we are pleased to offer a series of four engaging and entertaining speakers this year. 

On July 7th at 6:00pm, we will welcome Llyn De Danaan, a former professor of anthropology from Evergreen State College in Olympia. Passionate about history and storytelling, Llyn is the author of Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay, an extraordinary and true story of a pioneering Native woman. The book forms the foundation of her Speakers Bureau talk “History in your Backyard,” a discussion of how she discovered this local history and how you can uncover fascinating stories in your own community. Llyn's talk will be followed by a reception in the Museum Lobby with complimentary snacks and a cash bar. 

This event is FREE, but space is limited. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis the night of the talk. Doors open at 5:30pm, so make sure to arrive early to reserve a place. For questions about the event, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. To learn more about Humanities Washington and their speaker series, visit their website at www.humanities.org

The Early Years: Mardie Rees Solo Exhibition
Jul
2
Aug 28

The Early Years: Mardie Rees Solo Exhibition

Harbor History Museum is thrilled to welcome award-winning Gig Harbor sculptor and art educator, Mardie Rees, to the Museum’s Lobby Gallery for her new show, The Early Years: Mardie Rees Solo Exhibition, to run from July 2nd through August 28th.

A longtime Gig Harbor local, Mardie began specializing in figurative sculpture after receiving her Bachelor’s of Arts from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003. Mardie has created life-sized bronze works for memorials and public spaces both throughout the country, including an over life size sculpture, St. Anthony’s Guiding Hand, at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, CO and WWII U.S. Marine Raider Memorial at the National Museum of Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. Her work has won prestigious awards from organizations such as the Portrait Society of America, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and the National Sculpture Society. 

Her process reflects classical training: hand sculpting works from live models and using the time-honored lost-wax method. This approach is time-intensive, but results in expressive and powerful artwork that takes on a life of its own. While Mardie’s work reflects her artistic training, it also reflects her life experiences. Both her travels abroad--she spent three years living in Ecuador as a teenage--and her life in the Harbor show in her sensitive attention to human themes such as faith, youth, struggle, and hope. 

Songs from the Croatian Coast: KlapaDooWopella
Jun
26
2:00 pm14:00

Songs from the Croatian Coast: KlapaDooWopella

From one coastline to another, Harbor History Museum is thrilled to announce a Croatian klapa performance by the Seattle-based klapa group, KlapaDooWopella, at 2:00pm on June 26, 2016 at Harbor History Museum.

KlapaDooWopella will perform traditional Croatian klapa, a popular acapella-style of music sung along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Reflecting themes such as love, loss, and the lives of fishermen, the songs evokes the heart of Croatian culture. KlapaDooWopella is comprised of Ted Hunter (lead), Jim Hoath (baritone), Phil Parham (high tenor), and Bill Weis (bass).

Complimentary traditional Croatian snacks will be served and concert goers will have the opportunity to enjoy several cultural activities, including a Croatian language booth and a craft for all ages. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for children 3-12. Children under the age of 3 are free. To purchase tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page. For questions regarding the performance, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5.

Our Town: Italy REWIND!
Jun
25
2:00 pm14:00

Our Town: Italy REWIND!

Back by popular demand! In the early 20th century Gig Harbor became the new home to three Italian families. On June 25th from 2:00-3:00pm, join presenters Annette Spadoni Bannon and Paul Spadoni to learn about the lives of the Spadoni, Natucci, and Seghieri families. This program filled up quickly the first time--don't miss this opportunity to learn about this important part of Gig Harbor's heritage. Free for members and $2 for non-members.

If you are interested in learning more about our family programming or would like to make a reservation, please email elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722 x6

Our Town: Iceland [Adult]
Jun
17
1:00 pm13:00

Our Town: Iceland [Adult]

The fascinating tale of the effervescent Sadie Vernhardson Fechter will come to life once more in the harbor. On June 17th from 1:00-2:00pm, join Lynne De Michele for an afternoon of living history. This program is FREE.

If you are interested in learning more about Museum programming or would like to make a
reservation, please email elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722 x6.

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Elijah Bossenbroek
Jun
16
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Elijah Bossenbroek

This concert is sold out. To inquire about our waitlist, contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722. 

On June 16, Harbor History Museum will welcome pianist Elijah Bossenbroek for a performance at Harbor History Museum. A composer and performer from the age of fourteen, Elijah's aural creations will capture your imagination.  

A former U.S. solider, Elijah has travelled the world, from Mississippi to Japan. No matter where he was--even in the Kuwaiti desert during Operation Iraqi Freedom--he took music with him, practicing his craft on a portable keyboard. It was following his return from Kuwait that he composed his first album, Harmony in Disarray, a work that caught the attention of the record label, A Matter of Substance, who produced his following album, Carpe Lumen. Today Elijah is an independent artist and performs at cultural and music festivals throughout the country. We are thrilled to have him join us for a mesmerizing piano performance. 

Doors open at 6:00pm for happy hour, feature a cash bar and complimentary refreshments. Tickets are $18 for members and $25 for non-members. Buy your tickets today by visiting our Buy Tickets page or calling 253-858-6722. For more information about Harbor History Museum's Third Thursdays at the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722 ext. 5. 

Our Town: Iceland [Family]
Jun
11
1:00 pm13:00

Our Town: Iceland [Family]

For centuries, the people of Iceland have believed that elves live among
them in tiny hidden communities. On June 11th from 1:00–3:00pm, use
provided materials to construct a one-of-a-kind elf house. This event is FREE.

If you are interested in learning more about our family programming or would like to make a
reservation, please email elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722 x6.

Humanities Washington: George Halekas and "The Ecology of Sound"
Jun
3
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities Washington: George Halekas and "The Ecology of Sound"

This event is now full. Please contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722 to inquire about our waiting list. 

Join Harbor History Museum for the first in its 2016 lecture series. Thanks to a generous grant from Humanities Washington, we are pleased to offer a series of four engaging and entertaining speakers this year. 

On June 3rd at 6:00pm, we will welcome George Halekas, a longtime conservationist with the State of Washington. George's training is in biology and wildlife, but another great passion of his is music. In his multimedia talk, "The Ecology of Sound," he tells a fascinating story linking natural history, music, and culture. Harbor WildWatch will provide an interactive touch tank for the Museum's Lobby Gallery for the evening of the event, and Gary Stroutsos, world flute player, will provide a short complimentary concert after the talk. 

This event is FREE. Doors open at 5:00pm for a reception with light snacks and a cash bar. To reserve your spot, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. To learn more about Humanities Washington and their speaker series, visit their website at www.humanities.org

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Johnaye Kendrick
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Johnaye Kendrick

Harbor History Museum extends a warm welcome to Johnaye Kenrick, extraordinary jazz vocalist, composer, national performer, and associate professor of jazz voice at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. On May 19th from 7:00-8:30PM, join us for an evening of original songs, fresh renditions of jazz standards, and gorgeous music. 

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Johnaye Kendrick received her Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University in 2005. During her studies, she received a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and performed with renowned pianist, Fred Hersch. Following her undergraduate education, she attended the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where she worked with jazz notables such as Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock. Johnaye Kendrick followed her Artist's Diploma from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from Loyola University in 2009. 

Although she would also pursue an academic career, Johnaye Kendrick was hired by noted trumpeter Nicholas Payton to perform with the Nicholas Peyton Sextet immediately following her graduation from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Alongside her travels with the ensemble, she has also been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which won a Grammy® Award in the 2009 for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album." Her resume boasts a long list of enviable performances, including shows at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, International Jazz Festival Bern, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club, Jazz Gallery, and Chicago Symphony Center. 

What others say about Johnaye:

Johnaye has the potential to be a vocalist of the highest order; the likes of which we have seen seldom since the grande dames of the golden era of jazz roamed about the earth. She’s got IT!
— Nicholas Peyton
Johnaye is not just a vocalist. She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears.
— Jimmy Heath

To learn more about this exciting performer, visit www.johnaye.com to listen to samples and see more about her latest CD release, titled "Here" on her record label, johnygirl. 

Doors for the concert open at 6:00PM. Tickets are $18 for members and $28 for non-members. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are available on our Buy Tickets page or by calling the Front Desk at 253-858-6722. To find out more about Third Thursdays at the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. 

Showing History: Threads documentary and filmmaker panel
May
13
6:00 pm18:00

Showing History: Threads documentary and filmmaker panel

Join Harbor History Museum for the first film showing of 2016. We are excited to announce that on Friday, May 13th, the Museum will be offering a showing of Threads and a panel with its directors and producers, Gig Harbor locals Cathy Stevulak and Leonard Hill. 

Threads offers a picture of the unique life of Surayia Rahman, Bangladeshi artist and embroiderer. In addition to her work as an accomplished craftswoman, Suraiya has dedicated her life to helping women of all backgrounds in Bangladesh develop skills, training, and economic self-sufficiency. 

Threads will show at 6:00pm. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite or by calling 253-858-6722. Lights snacks and a cash bar will be available. For more information, contact Alphild Dick at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. To learn more about the film, visit www.kanthathreads.com/.