Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Firefly Lane"
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Firefly Lane"

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 December meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our December meeting is Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.

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From the New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah comes a powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. . . .

In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become TullyandKate. Inseparable.

So begins Kristin Hannah's magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.

From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.

Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn't know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she'll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she'll envy her famous best friend. . . .

For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone's Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it's the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It's about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you---and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you'll never forget . . . one you'll want to pass on to your best friend.
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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). Library and Museum staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

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

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Hollywood and the Homefront: Tinsel Town’s Contribution to World War II
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Hollywood and the Homefront: Tinsel Town’s Contribution to World War II

Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Humanities in the Harbor will continue in December as John Jensen joins the Harbor History Museum for a special presentation as part of the Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front Exhibit Opening. 

During World War II, the War Department realized the importance of not only keeping up the morale of America’s fighting forces abroad, but the morale of those at home. The result was an unprecedented push by Hollywood to contribute morale-building war dramas, troop entertainment, and training films to the war effort. Special radio programs, documentary films, and live performances told Americans at home that they too could serve in the defense of their country by purchasing war bonds, participating in scrap drives, planting Victory Gardens, and volunteering.

Experience the still-powerful images, radio, and film that emerged from this dramatic time in American history. Audio historian and former broadcaster John Jensen shares rarely known stories and anecdotes from Hollywood’s war effort, and shows examples of wartime propaganda through various media that was used to educate, inform, and sway American public opinion.

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A former San Francisco broadcaster, John Jensen has been an avid collector of music, movies, and radio broadcasts of the 1930s and 40s. Early fascination led to employment as general manager of KMPX, a radio station devoted to playing the music and radio broadcasts of those years. He produced a world-wide radio broadcast honoring the US Navy 200th Anniversary, starring Bing Crosby, Mel Blanc, and other radio stars from the 1940s. In 1992, he directed the 50th Anniversary Salute to Armed Forces Radio broadcast, heard world-wide. As an audio historian, he has provided research and assorted media to filmmakers, such as Jack Haley, Jr., Frances Ford Coppola, and George Lucas. He recently retired as senior director of public relations for World Vision. Since then he has been lecturing at various venues throughout the Puget Sound area on the Great Depression era and World War II.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is FREE thanks to Humanities Washington! Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Admission is free, but seats are limited. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Light Up the Night: 5th Annual St. Lucia Festival
Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

Light Up the Night: 5th Annual St. Lucia Festival

Celebrate Gig Harbor’s Scandinavian heritage at Harbor History Museum’s 5th Annual Light Up the Night: St. Lucia Festival on Friday, December 14th from 5:00-6:30pm. Crafts, games, and traditional Scandinavian snacks are the star at this family-friendly event. $3 admission for all ages. Harbor History Museum members and their families get in FREE.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Harbor History Museum's Buy Tickets page beginning November 20, or at the front desk. For more information contact Zachary Sokolik, Marketing and Events Coordinator at 253.858.6722 ext. 5 or marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org

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The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington

Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Harbor History Museum is lucky enough to host a second Humanities in the Harbor lecture in December as we are joined by writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa.

In the lead-up to World War II, Japantown in Seattle featured grocery stores, cafes, and native-language services, as well as labor and music clubs. Trading companies imported Japanese goods, and restaurants served the familiar sukiyaki, tofu, and miso soup. In Eastern Washington, Japanese farmers prospered.

Then came Executive Order 9066. Those born in Japan, as well as their American-citizen offspring, were sent, without due process, to concentration camps in windswept deserts. Throughout the West Coast, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes. Most Seattle Japanese spent the war years at Camp Minidoka in Idaho, and when they returned, most had lost everything and could not find jobs.

How did they face this injustice and rebuild their lives? How does a lively immigrant community face racist or religious hatred? The 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 is in 2017, and Mayumi Tsutakawa, whose father was renowned sculptor George Tsutakawa, will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.

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Mayumi Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who has focused on Asian/Pacific American history. She co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. She also edited two books on pioneer Asian American artists: They Painted from their Hearts and Turning Shadows into Light. Tsutakawa received her master’s degree in communications and her bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies at the University of Washington. Her graduate thesis is one of the few documents to research pre-war Japanese American newspapers. Tsutakawa also was manager of grants for the Washington State Arts Commission and previously directed King County’s arts and historic preservation programs.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is FREE thanks to Humanities Washington! Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Admission is free, but seats are limited. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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What Our Teachers Never Told Us about the American Revolution
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

What Our Teachers Never Told Us about the American Revolution

Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Humanities in the Harbor will continue in November as we welcome Don Glickstein to the Harbor History Museum. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Discover the American Revolution you never learned about in school. Why did Native Americans and African Americans support the British? How did a Muslim general come to fight the British with a French ally named Admiral “Satan”? Why did the fighting spread around the world, from Hudson Bay to South America, India to Africa, Arkansas to Gibraltar?

Author Don Glickstein explores rarely heard perspectives on the war in his illustrated talk, and links aspects of the war to our home state of Washington. Hear stories from the war, discover the reasons the Revolution matters to us today, and learn why the study of history can help us understand the 21st century’s war on terrorism.

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Born in upstate New York, Don Glickstein was raised with the American Revolution around him. He visited places like the Saratoga battlefield and Fort Johnson, watched “Johnny Tremain” on television, read James Fenimore Cooper, and spent summers in Boston surrounded by history. He attended the University of Massachusetts and spent a decade as a journalist in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, and finally at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and won awards for consumer and investigative reporting. He was campaign press secretary for Governor Booth Gardner, then communications manager for Group Health. He has written history articles for many online and print publications. His first book, After Yorktown, describes how fighting during Revolution spread worldwide, from India to South America.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is FREE thanks to Humanities Washington!

Admission is free, but seats are limited. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: "The Living"
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "The Living"

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 November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 6th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our November meeting is The Living by Annie Dillard.

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Ninety miles north of Seattle on the Washington coast lies Bellingham Bay, where a rough settlement founded in the 1850s would become the town of Whatcom. Here, the Lummi and Nooksack Indian people fish and farm, hermits pay their debts in sockeye salmon, and miners track gold-bearing streams.

Here, too, is the intimate, murderous tale of three men. Clare Fishburn believes that greatness lies in store for him. John Ireland Sharp, an educated orphan, abandons hope when he sees socialists expel the Chinese workers from the region. Beal Obenchain, who lives in a cedar stump, threatens Clare Fishburn's life.

A killer lashes a Chinese worker to a wharf piling at low tide. Settlers pour in to catch the boom the railroads bring. People give birth, drown, burn, inherit rich legacies, and commit expensive larcenies. All this takes place a hundred years ago, when these vital, ruddy men and women were ''the living.''
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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). Library and Museum staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

For those looking ahead... In December we will be discussing Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.

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

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The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love, and Memory
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love, and Memory

Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Humanities in the Harbor will continue in October with a fun presentation courtesy of Harriet Baskas. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

This talk is not about the old leftovers in the fridge. It is about food that is so old, so unusual, or so meaningful, that no one dares throw it away. Discover the foods archeologists have found buried with mummies, the petrified banana so appealing it sparked a Banana Museum, the 350-year-old fruitcake handed down through generations, 2000-year-old bog butter; and the pickle that has been in a jar since the 1860s. During this “chew and chat,” author and broadcaster Harriet Baskas explores how and why these and other formerly fresh foods may have been forgotten, intentionally tucked away, or preserved due to unusual or peculiar circumstances.

And, more importantly, we’ll talk about how these and other vintage vittles can and do hold memories, tell stories, and connect us with family, culture, and history.

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Harriet Baskas has a Masters in Communications from the University of Washington, and has served as the general manager for three community radio stations in Oregon and Washington. She is the author of seven books, including Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You, and has created award-winning radio programs on topics as varied as cowgirls, unusual museums, aging boomers, and the Seattle World’s Fair for National Public Radio and regional public radio stations. Seattle based, she currently writes about airports, air travel, museums, and other topics for NBC News, CNBC, USA Today, and other outlets.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is FREE thanks to Humanities Washington!

Admission is free, but seats are limited. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: "The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac"
Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac"

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 October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our October meeting is The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields.

A dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive Sasquatch he encountered in his youth.

Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his mother walked off into the woods with "Mr. Krantz," a large, strange, hairy man who may or may not be a sasquatch. What Eli knows for certain is that his mother went willingly, leaving her only son behind. For the rest of his life, Eli is obsessed with the hunt for the bizarre creature his mother chose over him, and we watch it affect every relationship he has in his long life--with his father, with both of his wives, his children, grandchildren, and colleagues. We follow all of the Roebuck family members, witnessing through each of them the painful, isolating effects of Eli's maniacal hunt, and find that each Roebuck is battling a monster of his or her own, sometimes literally. The magical world Shields has created is one of unicorns and lake monsters, ghosts and reincarnations, tricksters and hexes. At times charming, as when young Eli meets the eccentric, extraordinary Mr. Krantz, and downright horrifying at others, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is boldly imaginative throughout, and proves to be a devastatingly real portrait of the demons that we as human beings all face.

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). Library and Museum staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

For those looking ahead... In November we will be discussing The Living by Annie Dillard.

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

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Crafting of an American Dream: The Skansie Shipbuilding Co.
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Crafting of an American Dream: The Skansie Shipbuilding Co.

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in September as Nathan Patrick visits Harbor History Museum to discuss the Skansie Shipbuilding Company.

The Skansie name is synonymous with quality and craftsmanship. Over two-hundred wooden vessels were launched from the ways of the Skansie shipyard between 1912 and 1959. These vessels kept the harbor running, fisherman filling their holds, and people traveling throughout the sound. The success of the Skansie Ship Building Co. is a testament to what can be accomplished through hard work, human ingenuity, and community. 

From Peter Skansie’s arrival in Gig Harbor to what remains of its structures today, Nathan Patrick will present the history of the Skansie Shipbuilding Co. and a detailed history of the purse seiner, Avalon.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. 

Admission is FREE for Harbor History Museum members and $5 for Non-Members. 

Tickets can be purchased and RSVPs can be made online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Seating is limited so RSVPs are encouraged. RSVPs may also be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Sarah Canary"
Sep
4
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Sarah Canary"

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 September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the September meeting is Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler.

When black cloaked Sarah Canary wanders into a railway camp in the Washington territories in 1873, Chin Ah Kin is ordered by his uncle to escort "the ugliest woman he could imagine" away. Far away. But Chin soon becomes the follower. In the first of many such instances, they are separated, both resurfacing some days later at an insane asylum. Chin has run afoul of the law and Sarah has been committed for observation. Their escape from the asylum in the company of another inmate sets into motion a series of adventures and misadventures that are at once hilarious, deeply moving, and downright terrifying.

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). Library and Museum staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

For those looking ahead... In October we will be discussing The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields.

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

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HHM Vintage Fair
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

HHM Vintage Fair

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An extravaganza of historical adventures is just around the corner! Treasures past and present, booths of vintage wares, antique appraisal opportunities, demos, reclaimed items and nautical novelties are just some of the exciting aspects of the inaugural HHM Vintage Fair!

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018 from 10:00am - 6:00pm
ADMISSION: $7
[Harbor History Museum Members and Children 12 and Under are FREE]

~ BOOTHS OF VINTAGE WARES, ART and more! (All Day)

~ Special Guests from the Gig Harbor Quilters Guild

~ APPRAISALS (12pm - 3pm | $5/Item): Art, Antiques, Coins, Medals and Native Collectibles
Similar to PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, the HHM Vintage Fair will feature appraisal opportunities for those in the community that would like to know more about their personal treasures. From 12:00pm – 3:00pm, experts in antiques, art, coins, medals and native collectibles will be on hand. For $5 an item, attendees can have their piece appraised.

~ THE ROOSTER RACE (1pm - 3pm | $2/Kid)
C.E. Shaw’s Rooster Races – which became famous in the 1930’s – will be making a comeback: this time as a fun game for kids, not the racing of actual roosters. Split into three different age groups (4-6, 7-9, and 10-12), kids will don rooster masks and compete in a “red light, green light” style game to see who will take home the coveted Rooster Race Championship. Sign-ups for the Rooster Race will begin at 10:00 a.m. and close just prior to the start of the race at 1:00 p.m. Entry into the race is $2 and comes with a paper rooster mask to race in. The Rooster Race will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in various heats.

~ DELICIOUS FOOD AVAILABLE (From Chef Sunshine Catering, All Day)

~ LIVE MUSIC BY RANGER & THE REARRANGERS (3:30pm - 5:30pm)

~ THE ROUND ROCK CONTEST (Winners Announced at 5:30pm)

~ GIG HARBOR HISTORY | GALLERY TOURS (Top of Every Hour from 11am - 4pm)
[TOURS BEGIN AT 11:00a, 12:00p, 1:00p, 2:00p, 3:00p, and 4:00p.]

~ 1901 SCHOOL SESSIONS (:40 Past the Hour from 11am - 4pm)
During the Vintage Fair, guests will also have the opportunity to experience school life at the turn of the century with scheduled classes in the Midway Schoolhouse, taught by in-character school marms! [SESSIONS START AT 11:40a, 12:40p, 1:40p, 2:40p, and 3:40p.]

~ SHENANDOAH TOURS (11am - 4pm)
Tour the 1925 Skansie-built purse seiner and have all your questions answered by our very own Shenandoah Crew.

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From Norway to Gig Harbor: "Being Salmon, Being Human"
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

From Norway to Gig Harbor: "Being Salmon, Being Human"

BEING SALMON, BEING HUMAN
$25 Admission / $20 for Members
Bar opens at 5:30 p.m. // Performance from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, continues in August with a unique performance as we welcome some special visitors all the way from Norway!

Created and performed by Norwegian-British storyteller Georgiana Keable, philosopher Martin Lee Mueller and renowned Sami joiker and composer Torgeir Vassvik, "Being Salmon, Being Human" is a unique storytelling performance combining traditional Norwegian tales, original music, and contemporary philosophy.

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Inspired by Martin Lee Mueller’s award-winning book of the same name, and drawing on salmon stories from Sami and First Nations peoples of Scandinavia and North America, the performance takes us on a journey through the extraordinary lives of wild salmon - sentient beings who are born in rivers, traverse the oceans, and return towards the end of their lives to their birth rivers to spawn and gift forward more life. The performance explores what becomes of this awe-inspiring creature and her journey in the face of an expansive, profit-driven feedlot industry.

The life-cycle of the salmon has been celebrated in human cultures since time immemorial. How does the now-dominant story of separation affect our age-old relationship with this extraordinary creature? Who are salmon, and who are we in relation to them?

By interweaving stories old and new against a powerful backdrop of traditional song and contemporary sound art, "Being Salmon, Being Human" offers surprising and evocative insights into the ancient relationship between humans and the larger living world.

"Being Salmon, Being Human" will be held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $20 for Harbor History Museum members and $25 for Non-Members. Tickets can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the Museum front desk. 

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ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:

Martin Lee Mueller, PhD, received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oslo in 2016. Before that, he received his master’s degree in culture, environment, and sustainability at the University of Oslo’s Center for Development and the Environment (SUM). He has previously helped build teaching centers in rural Mongolia, worked as a kindergarten teacher, been an elementary school librarian, and led a wilderness school in the Norwegian forest. Recently he has also been touring as a storyteller to festivals in the U.K. and Scandinavia, with a stage performance inspired by this book, which weaves together philosophy, traditional storytelling, and Samí joik music. He lives in Oslo together with his partner and daughter.

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Georgiana Keable is a pioneer for rebirth of Storytelling. Storywalks in the forests and mountains of Norway reach thousands of teenagers annually. She started the Storytelling House (Fortellerhuset), founded the Norwegian Storytelling Festival and received Oslo's Artists Prize for outstanding contribution to the cultural life. Georgiana tells stories reflecting our relation with Nature. As a medieval pilgrim on the Pilgrims way or as the botanist Marianne North she tells at the site of the Viking ship burial in South Norway. She also walks, sleeping in a hammock and collecting stories from strangers about how people and nature are connected. She has told at festivals worldwide and recently published Natural Storyteller - Wildlife Tales for Telling.

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Arctic soundpoet Torgeir Vassvi creates a new vision of animistic Joik - the vocal art of the Sami indigenous people of Northern Europe – and updates vocal and percussion rituals for the 21st century. As a Sami vocalist, musician and composer, his work connects tradition and innovation and sets trends in the global music scene. Moreover, he takes part in activities, concerts and conferences concerning the arts and rights of indigenous people worldwide. He has been described as “a magnetic and individual live performer, among the most fascinating and intense of Sami contemporary joikers. A true original." (Andrew Cronshaw, Folkroots)

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Illustration by April White, with permission from Chelsea Green Publishing.

Questions and inquiries may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Humanities in the Harbor: "The Songs We Hide"
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Humanities in the Harbor: "The Songs We Hide"

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in July as author Connie Hampton Connally visits Harbor History Museum to discuss her debut novel inspired by the music and turbulent history of twentieth-century Hungary.

Connally's interest in Hungary's turbulent past grew out of her love of music. Through music she discovered the story of Zoltán Kodály, a twentieth-century Hungarian composer who spread music in his nation despite totalitarianism and two world wars. Connally began researching Hungary, and the tense national narrative coupled with the poignant stories of its people led her to write The Songs We Hide.

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On Thursday, July 19th, we invite you to join Connally as she discusses her research and the reasons she came to choose this topic for her novel. From an overview of the historical situation and the tension this brought to bear on ordinary citizens to interspersed excerpts from her novel, Connally will give the audience a sense for the dilemmas that the people in Hungary (and other Soviet bloc countries) were going through at this time. She will share some of the stories of the Hungarians she interviewed, many of whom are now living in the Puget Sound region.

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...In 1951, a grim hush has settled over Hungary. After a lost war and a brutal transition to communism, Hungarians live under constant threat of blacklisting, property confiscation, arrest, imprisonment and worse. In this milieu of dread, the best land of Péter Benedek’s peasant family is seized and his life upended. Moving to Budapest for a manual labor job, Péter meets Katalin Varga, an unwed mother whose baby’s father has vanished, most likely at the hands of the secret police. Both Péter and Katalin keep their heads down and their mouths clamped shut, because silence is the only safety they know.

The two have something in common besides fear: they are singers whose very natures make the silence unbearable. When Katalin starts giving Péter voice lessons, they take an intrepid step out of hiding. Little by little they tell each other what they cannot tell others. In their bond of trust, they find relief and unexpected happiness.

Yet the hurts and threats in their lives remain, waiting. As harsh reality assaults them again, is hope even possible? Facing their hardest trials yet, Péter and Katalin learn to carve dignity and beauty out of pain.

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Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. 

Admission is FREE for Harbor History Museum members and $5 for Non-Members. 

Tickets can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. 

Questions and inquiries may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Boneshaker"
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Boneshaker"

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 July meeting not be held on the normal first Tuesday of the month, instead it will be held on Wednesday, July 18th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the July meeting is Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.

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In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue's widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

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). Library and Museum staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

For those looking ahead... We will not be having a meeting in August.

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

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How Ann Davison and "Felicity Ann" Sailed Into Women's History
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

How Ann Davison and "Felicity Ann" Sailed Into Women's History

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in June as The Community Boat Project’s Shelly Randall and the Felicity Ann sail into Gig Harbor.

On Wednesday, June 27th at 6:00 p.m., Randall will share the story of Ann Davison (1914-1992), the first woman to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean. It is a story of tragedy and triumph, of love and adventure, and of incredible determination in the face of adversity.

This FREE presentation will tell the story of an indomitable woman conquering the Atlantic Ocean without the aid of modern conveniences such as sat-navs, constant radio communication and an on-hand support team. Davison achieved this feat in 1952 in a little 23-foot, wooden-hulled sloop built in Cornwall, UK named Felicity Ann.

Randall's presentation is part of Felicity Ann’s “Victory Lap” voyage around the Salish Sea with an all-women crew. Recently restored at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, Felicity Ann is calling at eight ports over three weeks to share her “floating story.” Along with Gig Harbor, Felicity Ann will be visiting Port Ludlow, Edmonds, Poulsbo, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Bainbridge, and Seattle.

How Ann Davison and "Felicity Ann" Sailed Into Women's History will detail the adventurous life of Felicity Ann's record-breaking sailor and how her boat ended up in Port Hadlock to begin a new life as a sailing platform to inspire and empower us all — but especially women and girls.

  Ann Davison and  Felicity Ann  after accomplishing their historic solo sail.

Ann Davison and Felicity Ann after accomplishing their historic solo sail.

The public is invited down to the Jerisich Public Dock to view Felicity Ann, which is now home-ported in Port Hadlock under the care of the Community Boat Project, a maritime educational nonprofit organization. Crew members will be on hand to facilitate below-deck tours and answer questions during formal “open hours” from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Humanities in the Harbor attendees will also be invited to visit the Felicity Ann following Randall's presentation.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. 

Admission is FREE, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Questions and inquiries may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Understanding Tax Law and Charitable Giving with John Reinmuth
Jun
22
4:00 PM16:00

Understanding Tax Law and Charitable Giving with John Reinmuth

Harbor History Museum members are invited to join John Reinmuth, CFP on Friday, June 22nd at 4:00pm for a FREE presentation on the changing tax laws and how they pertain to charitable giving. 

Reinmuth has devoted his entire adult life to helping others. For 38 years he guided people toward spiritual wholeness as he led United Methodist congregations throughout the State of Washington.  Continuing his passion to help others, he then chose to become a financial planner so that he could help people find financial wholeness. In 2015, Reinmuth established Wellspring Financial Planners PLLC in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Questions and RSVPs may be directed to Nora Thompson, Membership Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at membership@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253.858.6722 ext. 232.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Highest Tide"
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Highest Tide"

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 June meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the June meeting is Highest Tide by Jim Lynch.

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One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley sneaks out of his house and goes exploring on the tidal flats of Puget Sound. When he discovers a rare giant squid, he instantly becomes a local phenomenon. But Miles is really just a kid on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his parents will divorce and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him.

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). Library and Museum staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

For those looking ahead... In July we will be discussing Boneshaker by Cheri Priest.

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

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Peninsula Community Chorus Performance
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Peninsula Community Chorus Performance

The Peninsula Community Chorus has been proud to perform fine choral music for Gig Harbor and the surrounding area for over sixty years. On Friday, June 1st, 2018 the Chorus will be performing a Nautical-themed program at Harbor History Museum as we help kick off Gig Harbor's Maritime Festival weekend. We invite you to join us for this special night of music as we celebrate the rich Maritime history of our community.

Admission is FREE for Harbor History Museum members and $5 for Non-Members. 
Community admission will help support both the Peninsula Community Chorus and the Harbor History Museum. 

Tickets can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. 

Questions and inquires about the performance may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing and Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253.858.6722 ext. 5.

For questions specifically related to the Peninsula Community Chorus, please reach out to PCC Director Staci Webb at peninsulacommunitychorus@gmail.com.

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CONJUNCTION:   The Emerging Connection of Cannery Row, the historic Pacific Northwest,  John Steinbeck & Ed Ricketts, the Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of the Western Flyer
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

CONJUNCTION: The Emerging Connection of Cannery Row, the historic Pacific Northwest, John Steinbeck & Ed Ricketts, the Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of the Western Flyer

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in May as the Harbor History Museum invites you to enjoy a unique and engaging presentation with Cannery Row historian, founder and president emeritus of the Cannery Row Foundation, Michael Hemp.

“CONJUNCTION: The Emerging Connection of Cannery Row, the historic Pacific Northwest, John Steinbeck & Ed Ricketts, the Sea of Cortez, and the Saga of the Western Flyer" is an exclusive archival photo presentation that will take place Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Harbor History Museum.

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Ed Ricketts Kneeling in Kelp (1930) from Pat Hathaway Collection www.caviews.com

America's pioneering marine biologist Ed Ricketts co-authored the 1939 text Between Pacific Tides with Jack Calvin. The book is still often used by marine biology students along with John Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez, inspired by Ricketts and his work.

It was the kneeling photo of Ed Ricketts (left) from the Pat Hathaway Collection at California Views that inspired Hemp to research the maritime, literary, and ecological connection between Monterey’s Cannery Row and the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Since 1983, Hemp and The History Company have been a major source of historical research on author John Steinbeck's world-famous Cannery Row literature and the ecological fame of Ed Ricketts. Hemp now turns his focus to Pacific Northwest historical research, exploration, and celebration of the emerging discoveries that connect Cannery Row and the Pacific Northwest in many unexpected and meaningful ways.

    The   Western Flyer   at her 1937 Tacoma launch at Western Boat Builders. Courtesy of the Petrich Family Collection

 

The Western Flyer at her 1937 Tacoma launch at Western Boat Builders. Courtesy of the Petrich Family Collection

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.

Admission is FREE for Harbor History Museum members; Non-Members: $5. 

Tickets can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. 

Questions and inquiries may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch
May
16
5:30 PM17:30

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch

Topic: Eyes Over Puget Sound. When Climate and Human Pressures Combine. 

Join Harbor WildWatch at the Museum for this presentation by Dr. Christopher Krembs, Lead Oceanographer for Eyes Over Puget Sound, a program of the Washington State Department of Ecology. Through this unique program, marine scientists take to the skies and seas to gather water data and obtain high-resolution aerial photo observations at 37 remote marine monitoring stations. 

Dr. Krembs will present an image-rich documentation of water quality issues in Puget Sound and discuss how recent climate impacts can increase the vulnerability to human pressures. 

Guests over the age of 21 are welcome. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the presentation begins at 6:00 pm. Drinks will be available for purchase. Steward Club and Harbor History Museum members are free; non-members $5.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: "The Art of Racing in the Rain"
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

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 will be held on Tuesday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the May meeting is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Steina heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog’s efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle.

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

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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). Library and Museum staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

For those looking ahead... In June we will be discussing Highest Tide by Jim Lynch.

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

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Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?

Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Humanities in the Harbor will continue in April with a fun presentation for the entire family. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Throughout the Northwest, people have been reporting encounters with the Sasquatch—a hairy, eight- to ten-foot-tall hominid—for hundreds of years. Yet aside from a collection of large footprint casts and a sizable assemblage of eyewitness accounts, some attributable to the earliest humans in the Northwest, no scientifically accepted evidence has been offered to establish this being’s existence.

Author David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Northwest icon, discusses the rules of critical thinking and the workings of the scientific method, and explains how one can become an effective “citizen scientist” by gathering credible evidence that can be used to substantiate the Sasquatch’s status as either Man-Ape or Myth. Attendees are encouraged to tell their tales and share their experiences with this mysterious creature.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is FREE thanks to Humanities Washington!

Admission is free, but seats are limited. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch
Apr
18
5:30 PM17:30

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch

Topic: Residential Rain Garden Workshop: Plan, Prep, Plant, Maintain 

Join Harbor WildWatch for a presentation by Hannah Ljunggren, the AmeriCorps Water Quality Outreach Specialist for Pierce Conservation District. Hannah will be discussing the benefits of rain gardens, how to determine if one is appropriate for your needs, how to design it, build it, and maintain it. Hannah will also discuss the Pierce Conservation District rain garden program, and how we can help them in getting a rain garden of their very own. 

Guests over the age of 21 are welcome. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the presentation begins at 6:00 pm. Drinks will be available for purchase; feel free to bring a takeout dinner and your questions!

Harbor History Museum members and Steward Club members are FREE; Non-members $5.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: "The Egg and I"
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "The Egg and I"

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 will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the April meeting is The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald.

When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfall—through chaos and catastrophe—this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor.

A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald's The Egg and I is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on an American frontier.

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). Library and Museum 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.

For those looking ahead... In May we will be discussing The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

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

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Revitalizing Gig Harbor's Round Rock Contest
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Revitalizing Gig Harbor's Round Rock Contest

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in March as the Harbor History Museum reinvigorates an annual Gig Harbor tradition.

The popular Round Rock Contest was created in 1951 by C.E. Shaw, who was well known for entertaining Gig Harbor with Rooster Races in the 1930's and 1940's. The Round Rock Contest was re-introduced in 1998, and now each year the winners are announced during the first weekend in June during the Maritime Gig Festival. The concept for the contest is simple. Participants search for the roundest natural rock they can find and submit it to the Museum prior to the contest deadline. Cash prizes are awarded to the five rocks or stones judged the most perfectly rounded rocks.

On Thursday, March 29th, we invite you to join Harbor History Museum Director Stephanie Lile and former Geology Professor Steve Benham as we revitalize Gig Harbor's Round Rock Contest. The evening's program will be divided into two parts with Lile covering the history of the Round Rock Contest and Benham discussing the science and geology behind round rocks. You might even be able to pick up some tips on where to find this year's winning rock!

 Original Round Rock Promotional Photograph

Original Round Rock Promotional Photograph

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. 

Admission is FREE for Harbor History Museum members and $5 for Non-Members. 

Tickets can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. 

Questions and inquires may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch
Mar
21
5:30 PM17:30

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch

Topic: Underwater Photography and the Health of the Puget Sound

Made in Puget Sound is an all-volunteer non-profit organization working to promote and protect the Puget Sound, its environment and inhabitants through the unique underwater photography and videography of founder Drew Collins.

At this presentation, Drew will share information about his photography and important environmental issues facing the Puget Sound. He will also have calendars and small pieces of artwork for anyone who wishes to make a contribution to Made in Puget Sound. To view some of Drew's amazing photographs and learn more about his organization, visit his website: https://www.madeinpugetsound.org/

Guests over the age of 21 are welcome. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the presentation begins at 6:00 pm. Drinks will be available for purchase; feel free to bring a takeout dinner and your questions!

Steward Club and Harbor History Museum members are FREE; Non-Members: $5.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Snow Falling on Cedars"
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Snow Falling on Cedars"

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 will be held on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the March meeting is Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson.

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries--memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense-- one that leaves us shaken and changed.

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). 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.

For those looking ahead... In April we will be discussing The Egg and I by Betty Macdonald.

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

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Gangspil: Danish Traditional Music
Mar
1
6:30 PM18:30

Gangspil: Danish Traditional Music

$25 Admission / $20 for Members

Bar opens at 6:30 p.m. // Music from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The lively trio of Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica), Kristian Bugge (fiddle) and Viðar Skrede (guitar) will guarantee you an entertaining journey through the traditions of Danish folk music. They perform old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country: From the rural islands of Læsø to metropolitan Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic Sønderhoning dance tunes from the famous Island of Fanø, and long forgotten songs from all over the country. An unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road.

Gangspil's: Danish Traditional Music will be held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $20 for Harbor History Museum members and $25 for Non-Members. Tickets can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the Museum front desk. 

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Sonnich (accordion, harmonica, vocal) is a master of Irish, French--Canadian, and especially Danish traditional tunes. During the last 25 years he's been leading the revival for diatonic accordion and harmonica in the Danish folk music. Sonnich holds a special place in his heart for the music from the Western Island of Fanø, where his family is deeply rooted. He is best known for his work with the ULC trio and later quintet (adding jazz pianist Peter Rosendal and bassist Mads Vinding). ULC recieved the Danish Music Award (Danish "Grammy") in the category "Folk Album of the year" in 2001 and 2004.

Kristian (fiddle) has specialized in the strong Danish folk music traditions. He is very active on the Danish and Scandinavian folk music scene as well as in the rest of Europe and North America, both as a musician and teacher. His debut CD was awarded "Danish debut of the year" and "Danish Folk Instrumentalist of the year" at the Danish Music Awards Folk 2006 (Danish Grammy). At the same occasion in both 2012 and 2016, Kristian was awarded the prize of Danish Folk Artist of the Year! More info: www.kristianbugge.com

Vidar (guitar) (from Haugesund, Norway) Vidar is a leading musician on the Nordic folk music scene and a popular tune writer his compositions are played and recorded by bands like Fiddlers Bid and Blazing Fiddles along with his own projects. He works and perform as a freelance Nordic folk musician on guitar, hardanger fiddle, fiddle and Greek bouzouki. He has a background in the traditional music from Rogaland (South West of Norway), and has a masters degree in Nordic folk music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. Vidar has performed with well-known US musicians Liz Carrol and Bruce Molsky. More info:www.vidarskrede.com

The three musicians are known from bands like: Baltic Crossing, Habadekuk, Geitungen, Jensen & Bugge, ULC, The Secret Carpet Club, Marianne Green Band and Dronningens Livstykke. They released their first album, Gangspil, in the summer of 2015. The U.S. release took place at the great Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA in the first week of July. The Danish/European release was celebrated at the Tønder Festival in Southern Denmark in the last weekend of August.

In 2016 they received the "Tradition Award" at the Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy) and played more than 50 concerts around North America as well as a good number in Denmark too.

Questions and inquiries may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Washington at War: The Evergreen State in World War I
Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

Washington at War: The Evergreen State in World War I

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in February with a special presentation brought to you by Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

One-hundred years ago in 1917, the US entered The Great War to fight alongside our European allies. But Washington’s homefront experience began long before the country entered the war, and continued afterward.

Led by historian Lorraine McConaghy, the program begins with an illustrated introduction to the war’s themes before offering a “Readers’ Theater:” a script that is read aloud together, allowing participants to speak the history they are discovering. The script includes excerpts from newspapers, diaries, writings, speeches, and correspondence, and is based on extensive research in primary source material focused on the war’s impact on Washington—and how Washington impacted the war. The reading covers the period between the successful Prohibition referendum in 1914 through Seattle’s General Strike and President Woodrow Wilson’s visit to Washington in 1919. Learn about and discuss this dramatic period of immigration, wartime industrialization, women’s rights, social change, radical labor, epidemic disease, and worldwide turmoil.

Lorraine McConaghy is a public historian who earned her PhD from the University of Washington. At the Museum of History & Industry and Washington State History Museum, her work as historian and curator has dealt with Washington at war during the Treaty War of 1855-1856, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. She has participated in working groups concerning the opportunities of commemoration, and presented lectures and workshops on readers’ theater programs at National Council on Public History, American Association for State and Local History, and the Washington Museum Association. In 2009, her readers’ theater script, Speaking Out, won the national performance award from the Oral History Association. In 2015, AASLH honored her Voices of the Civil War with a national award of merit. McConaghy’s work has been honored by the Washington State Historical Society’s Robert Gray Medal, the annual award of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, and the Humanities Washington Award.

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Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is FREE thanks to Humanities Washington!

Questions and inquires may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Jini Dellaccio Family Photo Share
Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Jini Dellaccio Family Photo Share

Jini Dellaccio is well known for both her fashion and rock photography, but some of her most captivating images can be found in the homes and photo albums of Gig Harbor residents.

While working on With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio we have found that a number of families around the Gig Harbor area had their family pictures taken by Dellaccio.

On Saturday, February 17th at 10:00 a.m. we invite you to share your Dellaccio-taken family photos with other members of our community. Harbor History Museum will provide coffee and donuts as guests enjoy a rare opportunity to look through a more intimate, yet always loving, eye of Jini Dellaccio.

Questions and inquires may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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"Light and Shadow" Member Preview
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

"Light and Shadow" Member Preview

Harbor History Museum members are encouraged to join us on Friday, February 16th for a Member Preview of Pat Meras' "Light and Shadow" from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Enjoy fresh snacks and a cash bar while having the first look at our newest exhibit.

Local artist Pat Meras' "Light and Shadow: Landscape Paintings in Soft Pastel" conveys an emotional and intuitive response to the mystery and serenity of the landscape in light and shadow. Meras paints from scenes of the Northwest and her travels. Photographs, field studies and memories inform her work in the studio. More drawn by the pattern of light and shadow created by the subject, than by the subject itself, these abstract shapes provide a prominent compositional element in Meras' work.

A Montana native, Meras received her BA in Applied Art from Montana State University, Bozeman which included studies abroad in Italy and the Netherlands. After working in charcoal, colored pencil, watercolor, oil pastel, collage and mixed media printmaking, Meras found pastel to be a wonderful link between drawing and painting. It has been her medium of choice for over 20 years.

While living on a lake near Gig Harbor, water, an ever changing landscape with its dreamy nuances of light became a constant subject to explore. The pastel sticks allow for thick and thin lines, scumbling, deliberate studied strokes and bold gestural mark-making, fostering a passionate poetic language. Working intuitively, with only enough detail to produce the impression that inspired her, Meras hopefully compels the viewer to interpret her work from their own rich pool of memories, impressions and experiences, and in a little different way each time they encounter it. And, of course, it’s all about the light.

Pat’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the Northwest, and awarded many honors while exhibiting in juried regional, national and international competitions across the country.

She has been featured in a number of art books and magazines and has fine art reproductions distributed world wide. Having achieved signature status in the Northwest Pastel Society and Pastel Society of America, she is also an elected member of Women Painters of Washington, a member of Plein Air WA and PAL.

Swedish Hospital and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance are among those who have have included her in their public collections. More of her work can be seen at American Art Company Gallery in Tacoma and at www.patmeras.com & www.patmeras.blogspot.com

"Light and Shadow" will be on view February 16, 2018 - April 22, 2018. 

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist"
Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist"

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 February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the February meeting is Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa.

Grief-stricken after his mother's death and three years of wandering the world, Victor is longing for a family and a sense of purpose. He believes he's found both when he returns home to Seattle only to be swept up in a massive protest. With young, biracial Victor on one side of the barricades and his estranged father — the white chief of police — on the opposite, the day descends into chaos, capturing in its confusion the activists, police, bystanders, and citizens from all around the world who'd arrived that day brimming with hope. By the day's end, they have all committed acts they never thought possible. 

As heartbreaking as it is pulse-pounding, Yapa's virtuosic debut asks profound questions about the power of empathy in our hyper-connected modern world, and the limits of compassion, all while exploring how far we must go for family, for justice, and for love.

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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). Library and Museum 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 Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

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Community Film Screening: "Her Aim is True"
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Community Film Screening: "Her Aim is True"

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 we invite you to join us at Galaxy Theatre in Uptown Gig Harbor for a fun night featuring a screening of the engaging and inspiring film, Her Aim is True.

Her Aim Is True brings together musicians and rock photographers in an inspiring and unforgettable journey revealing unlikely rock 'n' roll photographer, Jini Dellaccio who visualized punk before it had a name and embodied indie before it was cool. In 1964, a middle-aged Dellaccio was hired to photograph raucous garage bands in her backyard, shooting in natural settings around her Gig Harbor home to create innovative album covers. Soon she was capturing unprecedented portraits of Neil Young and early performances by The Who, Rolling Stones, Mitch Ryder and Mamas & Papas. An anthem for individual creativity, the film celebrates a legacy lost and found as it traces Dellaccio's ingenuity, spirit and style through participants in a gritty music subculture that like, Dellaccio, would set the bar for their descendants.

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January 31st would have marked Jini Dellaccio's 101st birthday! What better way to celebrate than by screening Director Karen Whitehead's incredible documentary on Jini's life? 

Tickets are $10 for Harbor History Museum members and $15 for Non-Members. Here is what each admission includes:

  • Admission to Her Aim is True screening at Galaxy Theatre
  • Gallery Talk at the Harbor History Museum to view "With a Loving Eye: The Photography of Jini Dellaccio"
  • Entry into the evening's door prize giveaway which will feature a rare, signed copy of the album-inspired Rock and Roll book featuring Dellaccio's photographs.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

    Win a copy of this incredible book! All you have to do is buy your ticket by January 15th!

   Win a copy of this incredible book! All you have to do is buy your ticket by January 15th!

As mentioned, the screening of Her Aim is True will be held at Galaxy Theatre in Uptown Gig Harbor, 4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. 

Admission is $10 for Harbor History Museum members and $15 for Non-Members and can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the Museum front desk.

Questions and inquires may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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