Heritage Film Series: Rebirth of the Elwha
Apr
28
7:00 pm19:00

Heritage Film Series: Rebirth of the Elwha

Part One: River As Spirit

This film is a meditation on the soul of the Elwha River and the people and the salmon who have been a part of it for thousands of years. In the fall of 2011, just a week before the historic dam removal work officially began, environmental filmmaker/biologist Shelly Solomon and cinematographer John Trapman flew and filmed the length of the river from its source high in the Olympic Mountains to the mouth at the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Once finished, Leaping Frog Films. set this historic footage to tribal music, poetry, and the almost lost native Klallam language.

This simple and profoundly beautiful film has proven mesmerizing for both tribal and non-tribal audiences alike. 

Part Two: Rebirth of the Elwha

This is the story of the rebirth of the mighty Elwha River and of the spiritual renewal of the Lower Elwha Klallam People whose history has been so intimately tied to the river for thousands of years.

The film follows the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe's multi-year efforts to restore the lower reaches of the Elwha River in preparation for the largest project of its kind in U.S. history—the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in efforts to restore native salmon populations.

Working in partnership with scientists and engineers, the tribal crew implemented what at the time was the largest Engineered Log Jam project for salmon habitat recovery ever attempted.

The evening will include a Q & A with filmmaker Shelly Solomon following the film and complimentary refreshments.

Please contact Elizabeth Langford at 253-858-6722 x6 or education@harborhistorymuseum.org to reserve your seat. Tickets can also be purchased at the front desk of the Harbor History Museum.

Members: $10 // Non-Members: $15

All proceeds will benefit future projects by Leaping Frog Films

Northwest Watercolor Society: Awards Reception & Painting Workshop
Apr
29
11:00 am11:00

Northwest Watercolor Society: Awards Reception & Painting Workshop

The Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) announced that paintings of 60 artists have been selected for the 77th Annual International Open Exhibition that will be on display from April 24 through June 2, 2017, at the Harbor History Museum. The selected entries represent six countries and 19 states from the over 400 entries received from 275 artists.

Please join us on Saturday, April 29th as we officially welcome the Northwest Watercolor Society and their 77th Annual International Open Exhibition. The day will begin with a catered Awards Reception and will be followed by a NWWS-led painting workshop, "Paint-In-Paint-Out." Guests are encouraged to sharpen their plein air painting skills outside with a beautiful view of scenic Gig Harbor. The resource room at the Harbor History Museum will also be available for artists wishing to paint inside instead.

Awards Reception: 11:00am - 12:30pm.

Paint-In-Paint-Out: 1:30pm - 5:00pm. 

Please plan on bringing your own painting supplies for the Paint-In-Paint-Out Workshop.

Awards Reception and Paint-In-Paint-Out Workshop are FREE for Members.

For Non-Members, both events are included in price of admission to Museum. 

NWWS Co-chair Debbie Roskopf said, “Each year the growing popularity of watercolor worldwide is more apparent and is reflected in the strong diversity and originality of these strong, wonderful paintings. The NWWS exhibition showcases the skill of artists dedicated to watercolor, including many pieces from well-known, award-winning national and international artists.  This exhibition will celebrate the versatility of the medium and inspire everyone who visits."

For further information contact, Paula Wickersham, NWWS Publicity Chair, at paulawickersham@gmail.com or (425) 281-2392 OR Zachary Sokolik, Harbor History Museum Marketing & Events Coordinator, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or (253) 858-6722.

Gig Harbor Literary Society: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
May
2
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

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 interest. The May meeting for the 2017 Gig Harbor Literary Society will be on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

The book for the May meeting will be The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. A classic science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the greatest writers of the genre, set in a future world where one man’s dreams control the fate of humanity.

In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George’s dreams for his own purposes.

The Lathe of Heaven is an eerily prescient novel from award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin that masterfully addresses the dangers of power and humanity’s self-destructiveness, questioning the nature of reality itself. It is a classic of the science fiction genre.

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 library staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor 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 Liz Pedersen, Guest Services, at admin@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

Humanities in the Harbor: "Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean"
May
10
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities in the Harbor: "Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean"

Harbor History Museum and Tacoma Community College - Gig Harbor campus are excited to present Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community that will run throughout 2017.

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in May with a special presentation by writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White as he takes us across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, he shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont St. Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture – the very old and very new. With lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry, Tides explores the force that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion.

The Spring Series of Humanities in the Harbor will be held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $5 and can be purchased online at www.harborhistorymuseum.org/buy-tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm and talks begin at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to join the speaker after the lecture for a reception.

Questions and inquires may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org, or KC Bitterman, Manager of Continuing Education at Tacoma Community College, at kbitterman@tacomacc.edu.

Teacher Happy Hour
May
12
4:00 pm16:00

Teacher Happy Hour

Calling all teachers! Join us at the Museum on Friday, May 12th for an evening of libations and learning.

Discover the educational programs available from local organizations like the Harbor History Museum and Harbor WildWatch and get a sneak preview of our summer plans!

Please contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at 253-858-6722 x6 or education@harborhistorymuseum.org with questions or to reserve your seat.


Humanities in the Harbor: "Paint Will Fly: The Origins of the Northwest Watercolor Society" by David Martin
Apr
20
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities in the Harbor: "Paint Will Fly: The Origins of the Northwest Watercolor Society" by David Martin

Harbor History Museum and Tacoma Community College - Gig Harbor campus are excited to present Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community that will run throughout 2017.

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in April with a special presentation by David Martin on the origins of the Northwest Watercolor Society.

David Martin will discuss the origins of the Northwest Watercolor Society, one of the earliest, most successful and internationally recognized arts organizations in the state. The Society was instrumental in promoting the use of watercolor painting throughout the Northwest and elevated its prominence as a preferred medium for regional artists. See rare photographs of the early artists as well as images of paintings that have been stored in institutions and family collections for generations. 

David F. Martin is the leading authority on the art history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. An independent curator and writer, he has focused his studies on Women, Asian Americans, Gay & Lesbian and other minority artists who had established national and international reputations in painting, printmaking and photography during the period 1890-1960.

He is consulting curator for the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, WA. and has written numerous catalogues and articles on NW art history. He is the author of  A Fluid Tradition: The Northwest Watercolor Society at 75, University of Washington Press, 2015.

The Spring Series of Humanities in the Harbor will be held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $5 and can be purchased online at www.harborhistorymuseum.org/buy-tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm and talks begin at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to join the speaker after the lecture for a reception.

Questions and inquires may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org, or KC Bitterman, Manager of Continuing Education at Tacoma Community College, at kbitterman@tacomacc.edu.

Cocktails & Fishtails with Harbor WildWatch
Apr
19
5:30 pm17:30

Cocktails & Fishtails with Harbor WildWatch

Join Harbor WildWatch for a fun, adult (21+) science-speaker series.  Drinks will be available for purchase from the Harbor History Museum; feel free to bring your own takeout dinner. Event will be held at the Harbor History Museum.

Speaker: Dana Bressette

Topic: Sustainable Gardens for the Sound

Dana Bressette, of Woodbrook Native Plant Nursery, will provide the basics of gardening for a Puget Sound friendly landscape.  These tips could also reduce your storm-water contamination footprint. 

Steward Club and Harbor History Museum members get in FREE. 

Non-Members: $5. 

Heritage Film Series: Buried in Sawdust and Saving Puget Sound
Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Heritage Film Series: Buried in Sawdust and Saving Puget Sound

Buried in Sawdust for 50 Years - Estuary Restoration

Buried in Sawdust is a fascinating film about how a Washington state estuary was filled with 60' of milling waste, where it remained for 50 years. The film highlights a local nonprofit and how they successfully secured over one million dollars to restore the estuary back to its original tidal elevation. The film includes an examination of the chemical contamination as a result of the 50 years of accumulated wood waste. Other features of the film include interviews with an original mill worker, discovery of the original estuary elevations with plants and tidal channels still intact, and finally, the returning of tidal waters to the estuary for the first time in 50 years. 

Saving Puget Sound - One Watershed at a Time

This film is an inspirational story of a community's effort to preserve and restore a forest, a salmon stream, and Puget Sound. Bordering on Washington State's Puget Sound is a little gem of a community known as Illahee. What makes it so unique is that while surrounded by development, much of Illahee's natural beauty has been preserved. Started modestly by forward-looking residents of the past, and carried on by succeeding generations, this extraordinary and sustained effort insures that Illahee's natural treasures will be its legacy to the future of Puget Sound.

The evening will include a Q & A with filmmaker Shelly Solomon following the film and complimentary refreshments.

Please contact Elizabeth Langford at 253-858-6722 x6 or education@harborhistorymuseum.org to reserve your seat. Tickets can also be purchased at the front desk of the Harbor History Museum.

Members: $10 // Non-Members: $15

All proceeds will benefit future projects by Leaping Frog Films

Apr
8
5:00 pm17:00

SOLD OUT Film Series: Ebb & Flow

Ebb and Flow: A Japanese-American Family, An Oyster and How They Influenced Pacific NW History

Ebb and Flow, a film by Shelly Solomon, follows 93 year old Jerry (Eiichi) Yamashita’s recounting of the family history to his son Patrick on their shellfish tidelands.

Relying on Jerry’s memory, and with the help of rare archival footage, Ebb and Flow begins with his father Masahide’s arrival to America from Japan in 1900.  The Yamashitas’ journey spans four generations, of seemingly unending struggle and uncertainty, met always with an unflagging entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to family. In fact, son Patrick discovers for the first time what an important role his family has had in Washington State history. 

Today, the elder Yamashita is now being recognized for his role in saving from complete collapse, the Pacific Northwest shellfish farming industry of the 1930’s, with a Japanese oyster. Now, this same oyster is considered the most premiere oyster by top North American chefs and is the foundation for the largest shellfish industry in the US.  Today, son Jerry is known as a shellfish icon/pioneer among his peers, beloved by all who know him for his sense of fairness, and his always cheerful outlook that belies the hardship and injustice he has experienced. Jerry Yamashita still retains his historic tidelands in Purdy lagoon and this film is a must see!

The Yamashitas’ family story is an inspiring one and at the same time shows the value of immigrant contributions and the weight of the loss if not respected.

The evening will include a Q & A with filmmaker Shelly Solomon following the film and an Oyster Bar, sponsored by Taylor Shellfish.

Please contact Elizabeth Langford at 253-858-6722 x6 or education@harborhistorymuseum.org to reserve your seat. Tickets can also be purchased at the front desk of the Harbor History Museum.

SOLD OUT

All proceeds will benefit future projects by Leaping Frog Films

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Grunt by Mary Roach
Apr
4
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Grunt by Mary Roach

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 interest. The April meeting for the 2017 Gig Harbor Literary Society will be on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

The book for the April meeting will be Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach. Bestselling author Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war. Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries―panic, exhaustion, heat, noise―and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them.

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 library staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor 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 Liz Pedersen, Guest Services, at admin@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

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.

Humanities in the Harbor: "Saving the Jews of Shanghai" by Mitchell Bloom
Mar
15
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities in the Harbor: "Saving the Jews of Shanghai" by Mitchell Bloom

Harbor History Museum and Tacoma Community College - Gig Harbor campus are excited to present Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community that will run throughout 2017.

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in March with a special presentation by Mitchell Bloom on the unique story of Shanghai's Jewish refugees during World War II. 

The Winter Series of Humanities in the Harbor will be held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $5 and can be purchased online at www.harborhistorymuseum.org/buy-tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm and talks begin at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to join the speaker after the lecture for a reception.

Questions and inquires may be directed to Liz Pedersen, Guest Services at Harbor History Museum at admin@harborhistorymuseum.org, or KC Bitterman, Manager of Continuing Education at Tacoma Community College, at kbitterman@tacomacc.edu.

Pop Up to the Plate: Pop Up Restaurant starring Mariners' chef, Jeremy Bryant
Mar
11
5:30 pm17:30

Pop Up to the Plate: Pop Up Restaurant starring Mariners' chef, Jeremy Bryant

This event is going to hit it right out of the park!

On Saturday, March 11th, Harbor History Museum will transform into Pop Up to the Plate, an elegant, unique POP UP RESTAURANT, the first in Gig Harbor's history. Our star of the evening? Chef Jeremy Bryant of the Seattle Mariners!

This one-time only experience features a four-course meal, including passed appetizers in the Lobby Lounge, four entree options, and a stunning dessert buffet, all inspired by the Mariners' favorite meals. During the dinner, participate in a silent auction with Mariners memorabilia and an exclusive opportunity to win a batting experience with the Mariners.

Seatings will take place at 5:30pm and 7:00pm. Tickets are $150 per guest. Don't delay in purchasing - only 150 seats are available! All proceeds go to support the Harbor History Museum. To purchase tickets, visit the Museum's Buy Tickets page. Have a look at the menu below:

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Menu

Passed Appetizers

Ichiro's chicken skewers with sweet chili ginger sauce

Mike Zunino's Italian sausage tartlets with sautéed spinach and Mozzarella

Iwakuma's "No hitter" meatballs served clubhouse made Teriyaki sauce

Jamie Moyer's favorite vegetable spring rolls

Dinner Menu

Raul's Spinach salad with Cedar smoked bleu cheese and cherry tomatoes
tossed in a Balsamic Honey Dijon vinaigrette

Felix's Favorite Flank Steakwith Venezuelan spices
served with a soy-lime and cilantro sauce

Edgar's Famous Mesquite Grilled Chicken Breast
served with Avocado pico de gallo and chipotle sauce

Willie B's favorite roasted tomato-garlic cream pasta finished with Parmesan

Norm Charlton's favorite assortment of roasted and grilled vegetables

John Olerud's favorite honey buttered- butter flake rolls

Dessert Buffet

Clubhouse favorite cookies, brownies, dessert bars, cheese cakes and fresh fruit

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For all additional inquiries, contact Katharine Hensler, Executive Director, at katharineh@harborhistorymuseum.org.

First Saturdays: Maritime Workshop
Mar
4
10:00 am10:00

First Saturdays: Maritime Workshop

Join shipwright Nate Slater and crew for an afternoon of maritime fun. Participants will build and take home a model wooden boat on Saturday, March 4th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The program is FREE and space is limited, please contact Elizabeth Langford @ 253-858-6722 x6 or education@harborhistorymuseum.org to reserve a spot. 

 

Members Reception for Collage; Between Fantasy & Reality by Carol Virak
Feb
24
6:00 pm18:00

Members Reception for Collage; Between Fantasy & Reality by Carol Virak

Celebrate the opening of Harbor History Museum's new Lobby Gallery exhibit, Collage; Between Fantasy & Reality by Carol Virak on Friday, February 24th from 6:00-8:00pm. Complimentary refreshments will be available, as well as the opportunity to meet the artist. 

No RSVPs necessary. To learn more about Harbor History Museum's Lobby Gallery, contact the Museum at 253-858-6722.

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet
Feb
16
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet

Harbor History Museum is thrilled to say "Dobro pozhalovat' natrag!" (Welcome back!) to the inimitable Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet on Thursday, February 16th from 7:00-8:30pm.

We can think of no better ensemble to start our 2017 quarterly Third Thursday concerts than with this group. Founded in 1939, the Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet is a celebration of the rich history of classical music in Russia. Current members include Mikhail Bondarev (violin), Ekaterina Belisova (violin), Alexei Popov (viola), and Anton Andreev (cello). These musicians all hail from the venerable St. Petersburg Conservatory, and are masters of the Russian classics: Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Taneyev, and Stravinsky.

Doors open at 6:00pm for a happy hour with a cash bar featuring regional wine and beer. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Admission to the Museum and its galleries is included in the ticket price. To purchase tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page or contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722. 

For questions and inquiries, contact Liz Pedersen, Guest Services, at liz@harborhistorymuseum.org

Blacksmith: King of Craftsmen
Feb
11
2:00 pm14:00

Blacksmith: King of Craftsmen

Sparks will fly at this new program! Visit Harbor History Museum and learn about the long history of blacksmithing...and see live demonstration of this exciting craft. Our speaker will provide insight into the blacksmith trade and highlight past local kings of the craft. Don't leave home without a souvenir! Items created during the workshop will be for sale afterwards. 

To learn more about this and other educational programs at Harbor History Museum, contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6. 

Humanities in the Harbor: "A World of Sweets in Washington" with Julia Harrison
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities in the Harbor: "A World of Sweets in Washington" with Julia Harrison

Harbor History Museum and Tacoma Community College - Gig Harbor campus are excited to present Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community that will run throughout 2017.

On February 9th, Julia Harrison, writer, food anthropologist, and sweet food enthusiast will join the series for a special Valentine’s Day presentation titled “A World of Sweets in Washington State.” Exploring the diverse history of sweet foods across our state, both foodies and historians will delight in this talk. 

The Winter Series of Humanities in the Harbor will be held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $5 and can be purchased online at www.harborhistorymuseum.org/buy-tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm and talks begin at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to join the speaker after the lecture for a reception, including a cash bar and complimentary snacks.

Questions and inquires may be directed to Liz Pedersen, Guest Services at Harbor History Museum at liz@harborhistorymuseum.org, or KC Bitterman, Manager of Continuing Education at Tacoma Community College, at kbitterman@tacomacc.edu.

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Feb
7
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

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 interest. The second meeting for the 2017 Gig Harbor Literary Society will be on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

The book for the February meeting will be Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.  Following the life of a young Chinese-American boy and his quest to find his lost mother in Depression-era Seattle, this bittersweet story is a wonderful companion to the end of the exhibit, Arts & Artifacts: An Excellent Little Bay

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 library staff will lead the discussion. Materials are available for checkout at the Gig Harbor 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 Liz Pedersen, Guest Services, at liz@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

Humanities in the Harbor: "Bing and Bob in World War II" with John Jensen
Jan
18
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities in the Harbor: "Bing and Bob in World War II" with John Jensen

Harbor History Museum and Tacoma Community College - Gig Harbor campus are excited to present Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community that will run throughout 2017.

Humanities in the Harbor will kick off on January 18th with John Jensen. A former radio broadcaster, audio historian, and collector of recordings and videos the 1930s and 1940s, Jensen will explore the many contributions that local boy Bing Crosby and his comedic partner Bob Hope made to entertain our troops overseas and improve morale at home during World War II.

The Winter Series of Humanities in the Harbor will be held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $5 and can be purchased online at www.harborhistorymuseum.org/buy-tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm and talks begin at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to join the speaker after the lecture for a reception, including a cash bar and complimentary snacks.

Questions and inquires may be directed to Liz Pedersen, Guest Services at Harbor History Museum at liz@harborhistorymuseum.org, or KC Bitterman, Manager of Continuing Education at Tacoma Community College, at kbitterman@tacomacc.edu.

Memories of the Homeland: Croatian Immigration to the US in the 1800s with Alphild Dick
Jan
12
6:00 pm18:00

Memories of the Homeland: Croatian Immigration to the US in the 1800s with Alphild Dick

Croatia is a nation of beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and complex history. It is also a country whose immigrants have had an enormous impact on Gig Harbor. In 2017, join Harbor History Museum to learn about where Gig Harbor's founders came from in a series of four talks, titled Memories of the Homeland, led by Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator. 

Memories of the Homeland begins with an exploration of 19th century Croatian immigration to the United States. Looking at the political, cultural, and economic forces behind immigration, this talk focuses on why people left, but also what they kept with them when they arrived.

The Memories of the Homeland talks are FREE and open to the public, but seats are limited. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Liz Pedersen, Guest Services, at liz@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

About the speaker: Before joining the world of libraries and museums, Alphild Dick completed a Master's degree in South Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Kansas and PhD coursework at the University of Washington. She has traveled extensively throughout the former Yugoslavia, studying the languages and cultures of the region. 

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Jan
10
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

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 interest. The first meeting for the 2017 Gig Harbor Literary Society be on Tuesday, January 10th at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

The book for the January meeting will be Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. This cleverly composed story about a brilliant mother and her equally brilliant daughter living in Seattle will be a fun, lighthearted read to start off 2017.

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 library staff will lead the discussion. Materials are available for checkout at the Gig Harbor 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 Liz Pedersen, Guest Services, at liz@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

Poems of Home: Presentation and Reading
Jan
7
2:00 pm14:00

Poems of Home: Presentation and Reading

Our excellent little bay has been the home to many folks who had a way with words. Join us for a presentation on pioneering local poets and a poetry reading inspired by the community by Gig Harbor High School’s Surround Sound Poetry Club. 

To RSVP, contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722. 

Closed for New Year's Eve
Dec
31
Jan 2

Closed for New Year's Eve

Happy New Year's! The staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers of Harbor History Museum wish everyone a delightful end to 2016. Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm during this exciting and vibrant year! The Museum will be closed from December 31st through January 2nd. We will reopen for our regular business hours on January 3rd. 

Closed for Winter Holidays
Dec
24
Dec 27

Closed for Winter Holidays

The staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers of Harbor History Museum wish everyone a wonderful winter holiday season! The Museum will be closed from December 24th through December 27th. We will reopen for our regular business hours on December 28th. 

Third Thursdays at the Museum: The Fab Three
Dec
15
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursdays at the Museum: The Fab Three

Join Harbor History Museum and Gig Harbor’s favorite Beatle’s tribute band for the final Third Thursday concert of 2016 and sing along with the best of the Fab Four’s catalog.The Fab Three return to The Museum with new songs, an expanded lineup and a multi-media presentation exploring the music and lives of The Beatles. This will be one of the first shows and we are excited to share it with all our friends in the Harbor!

Doors open at 6:00pm for happy hour with a cash bar featuring local beer and regional wines. Tickets are $18 for members and $25 for non-members, and include entrance to Museum galleries for the evening. To purchase 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.

Light Up the Night: St. Lucia's Festival
Dec
9
4:30 pm16:30

Light Up the Night: St. Lucia's Festival

Celebrate Gig Harbor’s Swedish heritage at Harbor History Museum’s annual Light Up the Night festivities on December 9th from 4:30-6:00pm. Crafts, games, and traditional Swedish snacks are the star at this family-friendly event. Just $2 admission for all ages.

Tickets will not be available online after 3:00pm on Friday, December 9th. To purchase tickets after that time, call the Front Desk at 253-858-6722 or purchase at the door. 

To reserve your tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page or contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator, at elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 6. 

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Book and Cookie Swap
Dec
8
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Book and Cookie Swap

Please note that the Gig Harbor Literary Society's Book and Cookie Swap has been cancelled this evening due to inclement weather. Please stay tuned for additional information regarding upcoming meetings. Stay safe and warm!

'Tis the season for sharing...books and cookies! We are pleased to announce that Gig Harbor Literary Society is adding a December meeting to its schedule. To celebrate the holidays, Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor Library will host its inaugural Book and Cookie Swap on Thursday, December 8th at 6:00pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite holiday treats to share, as well as a book to exchange with attendees. 

Guests are also encouraged to bring a gently used children's book for the Gig Harbor Literary Society to donate as a group to Communities in Schools - Peninsula. Children's books of all levels are welcome.

There is no suggested reading for this meeting. Book discussion will focus on general holiday themes and the joy of reading during this season. To RSVP or to learn more about the Gig Harbor Literary Society, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722. 

Peter and the Wolf featuring Christophe Chagnard and Sean MacLean
Dec
4
4:00 pm16:00

Peter and the Wolf featuring Christophe Chagnard and Sean MacLean

From the snow-covered birch forests of Russia all the way to the waterfront of Gig Harbor, Harbor History Museum is delighted to announce a special holiday season performance of the beloved Russian children's tale and symphony, Peter and the Wolf, by composer, Sergei Prokofiev, on Sunday, December 4th at 4:00pm. This performance will take place at Canterwood Golf and Country Club at 12606 54th Ave Ct NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. 

Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy living deep in the woods with his grandfather and a bevy of animal companions. Although Peter and his friends want to go exploring, Peter's cautious grandfather warns him to stay within the garden gates—a terrible wolf is at large! But although Peter and his friends return to the safety of the garden, they still find themselves facing the dangerous creature all on their own.

The opportunity to enjoy a rendering of this lively story is cause for plenty of excitement, but the Museum is doubly pleased to welcome acclaimed conductor, Christophe Chagnard, co-founder of the Northwest Sinfonietta, conductor, musician, and digital content manager for Classical KING FM; and Sean MacLean, pianist, composer, and host of Seattle's KING FM radio, one of the largest and most popular classical music stations in the United States.

We also welcome an ensemble of talented musicians for the Peter and the Wolf performance. Among them include: Jennifer Rhyne (Flute); Janet Putnam (Oboe); John Ruze (Bassoon); Danielle Lemieux (Horn); Jo Nardolillo Chagnard (Violin I); Mitchell Drury (Violin II); Amber Archibald (Viola); Todd Larsen (Bass); Matthew Drumm (Percussion); Mara Finkelstein (Cello); and Beverly Setzer (Clarinet). 

Tickets for Peter and the Wolf are $35 for members, $40 for non-members, and $25 for children ages 3-12. Children under the age of 3 are free. Holiday ticket packages are available for groups. Call 253-858-6722 ext. 5 to inquire. To purchase tickets, visit our Buy Tickets page. 

Sincere thanks to Canterwood Golf and Country Club for their generous sponsorship of this event. For more information about the performance, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at 253-858-6722 ext. 5 or at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org.

Dec
1
2:00 pm14:00

The Accidental Curator

Get a behind the scenes look at the making of Arts & Artifacts: An Excellent Little Bay. Join exhibit curator, Joann Hale, as she shares her creative process and extensive research on bringing a beloved book to life with historic objects, family stories, and paintings by local artists. 

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

Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
Nov
23
Nov 24

Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays

The staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers at Harbor History Museum wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Travel safe, enjoy the company of friends and family, and savor a delicious meal! 

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.

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Eurasia Consort with Tony Gomez
Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Eurasia Consort with Tony Gomez

Harbor History Museum is excited to welcome the Eurasia Consort to the stage on November 17th from 7:00-8:30pm. Co-directed by August Denhard and Tomoko Sugawarain, the Eurasia Consort offers a truly special musical experience. Drawing from the ancient traditions of Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, the performers collaborate together to create a common understanding of lost traditions for modern audiences.

Doors open at 6:00pm for happy hour with a cash bar featuring local beer and regional wines. Tickets are $18 for members and $25 for non-members, and include entrance to Museum galleries for the evening. To purchase 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.

Arts & Artifacts: An Excellent Little Bay
Nov
12
Feb 19

Arts & Artifacts: An Excellent Little Bay

Gig Harbor’s history reflects a diversity of heritages. Puyallup, Nisqually, and Squaxin tribes built their homes along the harbors, bays, and shores of Puget Sound for thousands of years, sustained by the area’s rich natural resources. The area known as Gig Harbor was first documented in 1841 by Lieutenant George Sinclair, whose exploration of the harbor deemed it to be “an excellent little bay.” In the latter half of the 19th century, a stream of new settlers from Croatia, Scandinavia, and other European countries began arriving, drawn by the same natural resources that supported the harbor’s first communities. Over 100 years and several generations later, many of these founding families still call the Gig Harbor Peninsula home.

Arts & Artifacts: An Excellent Little Bay celebrates the influences of these groups on our town, exploring the early years of the Gig Harbor peninsula. This new exhibit is featured in Harbor History Museum's Temporary Gallery. It opens on November 11th with a members-only reception, and runs through February 19th. Admission to the exhibit is free with a Harbor History Museum membership, and included in the price of admission for non-members. 

To learn more about Arts & Artifacts: An Excellent Little Bay, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistoyrmuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. 

 

 

Arts & Artifacts: An Excellent Little Bay Members Reception
Nov
11
6:00 pm18:00

Arts & Artifacts: An Excellent Little Bay Members Reception

Museum members are invited to visit Harbor History Museum as we welcome the new exhibit, Arts & Artifacts: An Excellent Little Bay, to the Museum's Temporary Gallery on November 11th from 6:00-9:00pm. Visit with exhibit curator, Joann Hale, and learn more about the creation of this exciting new show. 

This event is FREE. No RSVPs are required. Arts & Artifacts: An Excellent Little Bay opens to the general public on November 12th and runs through February 19th. For more information about the exhibit, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5.