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. 

 

 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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 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: "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.

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 an explanation of tools, anvils, and the processes that go into creating products. 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. 

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 with than this group. Founded in 1939, the Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet is 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

Gig Harbor Literary Society: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
Mar
7
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

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 March meeting for the 2017 Gig Harbor Literary Society be on Tuesday, March 7th at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

The book for the March meeting will be The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. Set in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the 20th century, this lyrical novel follows the story of a solitary orchardist in Eastern Washington who unexpectedly finds himself caring for two young girls.

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 liz@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

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, 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.

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.


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 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.

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

Humanities Washington: Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior with Scott Woodward

This Humanities Washington talk is now FULL. To inquire about our wait list, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. 

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. 

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 third 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. 

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.

The guest speaker for the 2016 member meeting will be the Museum's Marketing and Events Coordinator, Alphild Dick, who will give a presentation titled, "Sjecanja na Domovinu: Memories of the Homeland," exploring the lives left behind by 19th century Croatian immigrants to the United States.

No RSVPs are necessary. Refreshments will be available at the meeting. Invitations and ballots will be mailed within the next two weeks. For more information, contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722.

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, rumba, 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.

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, the North Kitsap School District Indian Education Department, and the 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.

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. 

History Rocks 2016
Oct
1
5:30 pm17:30

History Rocks 2016

Tickets for History Rocks are now sold out. If you have already reserved your seat but still need to pay, please contact Harbor History Museum's Front Desk at 253-858-6722.

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. 

 

FREE Admission Day at Harbor History Museum
Oct
1
10:00 am10:00

FREE Admission Day at Harbor History Museum

As part of Gig Harbor's First Saturday Art Walk, visit Harbor History Museum on Saturday, October 1st and receive FREE admission to all Museum galleries for the day. Experience the creativity and beauty of the Pacific Northwest by taking in the Peninsula Art League's Annual Open Juried Show in our Temporary and Lobby galleries. 

Admission is FREE all day (10:00am-5:00pm). For questions and inquiries, contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722. 

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.

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.

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.