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

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HHM Vintage Fair
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

HHM Vintage Fair

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. Stay tuned for more information!

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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 inquires 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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The Story of the Western Flyer
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Story of the Western Flyer

As part of Harbor History Museum’s new Museum Lab Winter Workshop program, Chris Chase, Project Director of the Western Flyer Foundation, will be giving a presentation on the fishing vessel Western Flyer made famous by John Steinbeck’s The Log from the Sea of Cortez. In 1940, the purse seiner took The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men author John Steinbeck — along with best friend and marine biologist Ed Ricketts — to Mexico’s Sea of Cortez on a six-week journey that yielded a pioneering book about the fledgling scientific disciplines of ecology and marine conservation.

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The Western Flyer was acquired by the Foundation that bears its name in February 2015, but “due to decades of neglect by previous owners, and two recent sinking episodes, significant rehabilitation and restoration is required to return the vessel to service,” explains Foundation representatives. Following a rigorous selection process, the Port Townsend Shipwrights Cooperative was chosen to conduct repair and restoration activities on the Western Flyer in June 2015. Speaker Chris Chase, formerly of the Co-Op, took on his new role as Project Director after the intrigue and future potential of the project brought him to the next chapter of his life.

Tickets are $5 for non-members and FREE for Harbor History Museum members and can be purchased on the Harbor History Museum’s Buy Tickets page or at the front desk. Questions and inquiries may be directed to Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at education@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Museum Lab: Winter Workshop
Jan
28
to Jan 31

Museum Lab: Winter Workshop

Harbor History Museum is happy to announce a new program piloting in 2018: Museum Lab Winter Workshops. Especially designed for practicing, emerging, and volunteer museum professionals and aficionados, the pilot workshop will focus on strategies for evaluation, conservation, and restoration.

Participants will explore the differences between conservation and restoration and how to determine the best strategy for the objects in your collection. Attendees of Harbor History Museum’s four-day workshop (two half-days and two full-days) will learn specialized skills and train their eyes in the ways of wood and metal. Experts in the field will provide hands-on techniques that will improve skills and help determine best practices.

The four-day workshop will begin the evening of Sunday, January 28th with a Meet and Greet Dinner and an introduction to maritime heritage preservation by Susan Johnson of Artifacts Consulting. Monday and Tuesday will consist of full days in which workshop students will explore everything from a caulking demonstration to learning techniques for interpreting conservation and restoration stories.

Additional presenters include Western Flyer Foundation Project Director Chris Chase; Renee Crist, Collections Manager at Lemay – America’s Car Museum; and Tim Regan, shipwright.

The workshop will also include a special session on the Washington State Heritage Capital Project Fund grants which have funded numerous local preservation projects, including the Skansie and Ancich netsheds and the Shenandoah Restoration Project.

The Harbor History Museum’s 65-foot purse seiner, Shenandoah, currently undergoing conservation and restoration, will provide a unique opportunity for workshop attendees to gain hands-on experience. This direct application, in conjunction with the in-depth classes taught by regional experts, makes this Museum Lab Winter Workshop a rare and exciting opportunity for current and aspiring museum and preservation professionals and volunteers.

Thanks to support from the Gig Harbor Lodging Tax fund, registration fees are significantly reduced at $50 for non-Harbor History Museum members and $25 for members. The full workshop is limited to 25 participants.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Questions and inquiries may be directed to Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at education education@harborhistorymuseum.org

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Humanities in the Harbor: "Contested Boundaries: a New Pacific Northwest History"
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Humanities in the Harbor: "Contested Boundaries: a New Pacific Northwest History"

Harbor History Museum is excited to continue Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, in 2018.

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in January with a special presentation by author David Jepsen on our region's contentious history.

The two-centuries-old conflict between people and governments struggling for control over Pacific Northwest land and resources, including lumber-rich areas like Gig Harbor, is the subject of the presentation. Gig Harbor resident David Jepsen, who teaches Pacific Northwest and U.S. history at Tacoma Community College, will discuss his new book Contested Boundaries: a New Pacific Northwest History. 

Contested Boundaries is a collection of stories about people contesting the political, economic, and social barriers that blocked their path to equality over the last two centuries. The narrative traces the experiences of Native Peoples, African Americans, Asians, and other immigrants across the centuries as they struggled to hurdle one boundary after another during settlement, industrialization, economic calamity, world war and globalization.

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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 inquires 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: "Alias Grace"
Jan
2
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Alias Grace"

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 January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the January meeting is Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.

It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.

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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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Light Up the Night: 4th Annual St. Lucia Festival
Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

Light Up the Night: 4th Annual St. Lucia Festival

Celebrate Gig Harbor’s Scandinavian heritage at Harbor History Museum’s 4th Annual Light Up the Night festivities on December 8th from 5:00-6:30pm. Crafts, games, and traditional Scandinavian snacks are the star at this family-friendly event. $2 admission for all ages.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Harbor History Museum's Buy Tickets page or at the front desk. For more information contact Elizabeth Langford, Education Coordinator at 253.858.6722 ext. 6 or education@harborhistorymuseum.org

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America"
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: "Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America"

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 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the December meeting is Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America by Linda Lawrence Hunt.

In 1896, a Norwegian immigrant and mother of eight children named Helga Estby was behind on taxes and the mortgage when she learned that a mysterious sponsor would pay $10,000 to a woman who walked across America.

 Hoping to win the wager and save her family’s farm, Helga and her teenaged daughter Clara, armed with little more than a compass, red-pepper spray, a revolver, and Clara’s curling iron, set out on foot from Eastern Washington. Their route would pass through 14 states, but they were not allowed to carry more than five dollars each. As they visited Indian reservations, Western boomtowns, remote ranches and local civic leaders, they confronted snowstorms, hunger, thieves and mountain lions with equal aplomb.

Their treacherous and inspirational journey to New York challenged contemporary notions of femininity and captured the public imagination. But their trip had such devastating consequences that the Estby women's achievement was blanketed in silence until, nearly a century later, Linda Lawrence Hunt encountered their extraordinary story.

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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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Donkey Creek Chum Festival
Nov
18
12:00 PM12:00

Donkey Creek Chum Festival

Every year, the greater Gig Harbor community celebrates the return of salmon to our local waters. The Chum Festival serves to remind us that the quality of our water, and the habitat it supports, connects us all. Join the City of Gig Harbor as they recognize new ways to improve and protect our waterways.  The goal is to bring people together to promote sustainability, sound environmental stewardship, preservation of our maritime history and culture, responsible recreation, habitat preservation, and shoreline restoration -- one salmon at a time.

2017's 11th annual event will be Saturday, November 18 at Donkey Creek at the Harbor History Museum and Austin Estuary Park. If you would like to join the group or reserve a booth, email Lindsey Johnson, Executive Director at Harbor WildWatch.

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"With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio" Members' Preview
Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

"With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio" Members' Preview

Thanks to a generous gift from the Jini Dellaccio Collection, we are excited to announce that the work of photographer Jini Dellaccio (January 31, 1917 - July 3, 2014) will not only be making its return to Harbor History Museum in November, 2017, but will also be the inaugural exhibit in Harbor History Museum's new Traveling Exhibition program. The remarkable collection of fashion, music, and portrait photography in stunning, large-format prints debuted at Harbor History Museum in 2012. With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio will premiere at the Harbor History Museum and be expanded through a partnership with the University of Washington's Special Collections to share Dellaccio's story and work across the globe.

 

Jini Dellaccio left a legacy of breathtaking imagery, capturing time, place and people with uncompromising precision. Her ability to emotionally bond with her subjects lends an intimate quality to her work that is difficult to convey in her chosen medium. It is a measure of the complexity of this artist that her most memorable work involves sympathetic portraits of menacing proto-punk garage bands from the working-class towns of the Pacific Northwest.

A teaching position in Tacoma beckoned the Dellaccios to Gig Harbor in 1962, and Jini's passion for photography blossomed. The Dellaccio home in Gig Harbor was designed for them by famed modernist architect Alan Liddle. It was in that lush waterfront environment where much of Dellaccio's signature work was created. Her stylistic approach reflected the era's prominent Northwest School art movement, which found painters, architects, designers and photographers embracing the natural surroundings of the region. Dellaccio frequently photographed her subjects in and around her Gig Harbor property.

 

With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio

will be on view from

November 18, 2017 - April 29th, 2018.

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Diamonds in the Ether: Tuning In to Northwest Radio History
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Diamonds in the Ether: Tuning In to Northwest Radio History

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in November 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.

Look—and listen—back to the people, stations, and stories that made radio broadcasting a vital part of the culture of the Pacific Northwest.

Innovations in technology, programming, and business as far back as the 1920s made radio in this remote corner a little bit different than the rest of the United States, and connected the people of Washington with events and entertainment from across the country and around the world. With a mixture of vintage audio, historic images, and expert storytelling, radio historian and broadcaster Feliks Banel revisits the power of radio in the Evergreen State then and now, and looks ahead to the unpredictable future of local radio in our communities.

Feliks Banel is a broadcaster, filmmaker, lecturer, and historian based in Seattle. He was deputy director of the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) from 1999 to 2006, and remains associated with MOHAI through a number of local history and archival projects. Feliks has produced multiple Emmy-nominated pieces for KCTS and the Seattle Channel, and recently joined the faculty of the University of Washington Communications Leadership graduate program. He founded Seattle Radio Theatre in 1999 and produces and directs their season of live radio drama broadcasts from Town Hall. Feliks created the history series “This NOT Just In” for KUOW in 2009; and has been a host and contributor for KIRO Radio on matters of Northwest history and culture for many years.

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

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Questions and inquires 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 Whistling Season
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: The Whistling Season

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 7th at 6:00pm at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the November meeting is The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig.

Novelist Ivan Doig revisits the American west in the early twentieth century, bringing to life the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it thrive.

“Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. That unforgettable season deposits the ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch—a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the "several kinds of education"—none of them of the textbook variety—Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region's one-room schoolhouse. A paean to a way of life that has long since vanished, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his evocative best.

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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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Minimalist Art Exhibit: Members Opening Reception
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Minimalist Art Exhibit: Members Opening Reception

Local artist Craig Wellbrock's White Minimalist Paintings are authentic, pure, and simple, while at the same time soulful and intuitive. Living in the Pacific Northwest has been an inspiration for Wellbrock. From the seasonal beauty to ferries and cityscapes, his setting contributes to the peace and tranquility that is evoked in his work. 

Craig Wellbrock's Art will be on view November 3, 2017 - January 28, 2018. 

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Community Harvest Taste-Off
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Community Harvest Taste-Off

Founded in 2016, #CommunityHarvest is a collaborative initiative to end hunger in our greater Peninsula community. Led by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, the project is part of Make A Difference Day, the single largest national day of community service each year on the 4th Saturday in October. In its first year, the project raised more than $75,000 and provided about 5,725 crockpot meals to help meet the nutritional needs of our community's families.

Hunger in our community is a serious problem. An average of 30% of all youth enrolled in our Peninsula schools come from families who meet federal criteria for free or reduced lunches. For many, these are the only meals they receive with any regularity. The translation: About 2,300 children (1 in 4) and 1 in 7 adults across our community struggle with hunger.

The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is aiming to secure funds and primary ingredients for more than 12,000 crockpot meals to feed 425 area families - about 1,800 area youth and their families - for 29 weeks. The food will provide nutritious meals for participating families every weekend from November through the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.

The Harbor History Museum is a #CommunityHarvest Crockpot Recipe Sponsor this year. A donation bucket can be found in the Museum Lobby as we are currently gathering donations/ingredients for the Peanut Chicken recipe. Please consider donating the following items: 

14.5oz Cans of Chicken Breast Meat
Salt
Black Pepper
Olive Oil

 Cans of Chopped Onions
Cans of Low-sodium Chicken Broth
Smooth Peanut Butter
Soy Sauce
Curry Powder
Granulated Sugar
Cans of Green Beans

The quest for the winning recipes for this year's #Community Harvest Crockpot recipes will take place on October 20th at the Harbor History Museum from 6 to 8PM

This past summer, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation asked for crockpot recipe submissions from this community. We filtered through the top 10 recipes and we need judges to taste and vote! 

The #Community Harvest Taste-off is FREE. Beverages including wine, cider and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

The grand prize will be a one night staycation in Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard 's Fleet Suite! This incredible, comfy floating inn has all you could need for your stay and is only a short walk from downtown where there is always something to do. Experience 7 Seas Brewing Co. , Heritage Distilling Company, Inc, Tides Tavern, some incredible downtown waterfront shops and beautiful Skansie Brothers Park right next door. 

First, second, and third place prizes will be locally acquired culinary themed gifts. We invite the community to taste the recipes and vote for their top 3 favorites. Wines will be available for purchase. 

2017 #Community Harvest Recipe books will be available for purchase as well! They make great holiday gifts for a Thanksgiving Host or Christmas stocking stuffers! 

For more info, please contact communityharvest@gigharborfoundation.org.

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

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch

Learn about the Puget Sound’s glacial origins and how it impacts the region today!

Speaker: David Kaynor, Professional Educator with Kaynor Community Education.

Topic:  Glacial History of the Puget Sound

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

Steward Club and Harbor History Museum members get in FREE. 
Non-Members: $5. 

Please contact Jennifer Beard with Harbor WildWatch at 253.514.0187 or jennifer@harborwildwatch.org with questions.

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The Razor's Edge: The Washington Razor Clam Phenomenon
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Razor's Edge: The Washington Razor Clam Phenomenon

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in October 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.

What brings thousands of men, women, and children to Washington's sandy coastal beaches every year, braving weather and surf? The buried treasure known as the Pacific razor clam.

Hunting and gathering these creatures has preoccupied Northwesterners from the time of the Native peoples to the present moment. Challenging to dig, delicious to eat, and providing a sometimes heady experience of abundance, razor clams are entwined with the state's commerce, identity, and history. Join author and clam digger David Berger to explore the twists and turns of a quintessential Northwest activity from its pre-settlement days to the present.

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David Berger has worked as a visual arts critic for The Seattle Times, executive director of a botanical garden, and as a communication officer for Dunhuang, a World Heritage Site on the Silk Road in China. 

Berger is also a Metcalf Fellow for Marine and Environmental Reporting. David Berger started razor clamming when he moved to Washington after graduating from college. Answering the many questions generated about razor clam lore, history, and biology led to writing a book, Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest, being published in fall 2017. When not razor clamming, Berger is also a visual artist.

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

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

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Art Walk Saturday
Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Art Walk Saturday

Admission to the Museum will be FREE on Saturday, October 7 as part of Art Walk Saturday. Come by the Museum and enjoy Peninsula Art League's (PAL) 15th Annual International Open Juried Art Show. Complimentary punch and cookies will be served in the lobby and PAL docents will be available to answer questions and discuss the art featured in the Open Juried Show.

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