Gig Harbor Literary Society: Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
Aug
1
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

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 August meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 1st at 6:00pm at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the August meeting is Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins.

What if the Second Coming didn’t quite come off as advertised? What if “the Corpse” on display in that funky roadside zoo is really who they say it is—what does that portend for the future of western civilization? And what if a young clairvoyant named Amanda reestablishes the flea circus as popular entertainment and fertility worship as the principal religious form of our high-tech age? Another Roadside Attraction answers those questions and a lot more. It tell us, for example, what the sixties were truly all about, not by reporting on the psychedelic decade but by recreating it, from the inside out. In the process, this stunningly original seriocomic thriller is fully capable of simultaneously eating a literary hot dog and eroding the borders of the mind.

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“Hard to put down because of the sheer brilliance and fun of the writing. The sentiments of Brautigan and the joyously compassionate omniscience of Fielding dance through the pages garbed colorfully in the language of Joyce.” — Rolling Stone

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.

Solar Eclipse Members Breakfast
Aug
21
9:00 am09:00

Solar Eclipse Members Breakfast

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Can't make the trip to Madras, Oregon for the Solar Eclipse? Harbor History Museum Members are welcome to join us on the morning of August 21st for a Solar Eclipse potluck breakfast. The Museum will provide official ISO safety glasses for proper viewing of the eclipse! 

The last time a solar eclipse crossed the entire United States from coast to coast was in 1918. Although Gig Harbor will not see a total eclipse, we should still get about 93-94%. The eclipse will last from roughly 9:00am to 11:30am; peaking for about a minute and a half at 10:36am.

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

Humanities in the Harbor: "Creating a Legacy from Family Papers and Genealogy" by Claire Gebben
Aug
23
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities in the Harbor: "Creating a Legacy from Family Papers and Genealogy" by Claire Gebben

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

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in August with a special presentation by author and memoirist Claire Gebben on "Creating a legacy from family papers and genealogy."

Claire Gebben discovered the untold story of her ancestors when three dozen letters turned up among her family papers. Eventually, these 19th century letters of German immigrant blacksmiths and wagon-makers became the basis for her debut historical novel The Last of the Blacksmiths. Since the book’s publication, readers often come to her with a pressing concern: "I have all these documents, but what can I do with them? Who among my children will ever care or know what they're about?" A common challenge, but not an impossible one. Even trunks full of documents, correspondence, and ephemera can be transformed into a lasting legacy.  In this presentation, Claire Gebben shares formats, ideas, organizational tips, and inspiration to ensure the stories of your ancestors, and your own life histories, are not lost.

About the presenter: Claire Gebben holds an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and has given numerous talks and presentations about historical research and writing throughout the U.S. and in Germany. Recent articles have appeared in Family Chronicle (Jan./Feb. 2015) and German Life (June/July 2016) magazines.  Gebben’s next book, a memoir about her quest to trace her ancestry, is forthcoming from Coffeetown Press in 2018. More info at www.clairegebben.com.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $5 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 door. 

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

History Rocks 2017: Masquerade for the Museum
Sep
23
5:03 pm17:03

History Rocks 2017: Masquerade for the Museum

Harbor History Museum's 16th Annual History Rocks Dinner & Auction will be held on September 23rd, 2017 at the Tacoma Narrows Aviation Hangar. 

You will be able to find more information as it becomes available by clicking here.


Humanities in the Harbor: "The Way of the Artist" by Iris Graville
Jul
25
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities in the Harbor: "The Way of the Artist" by Iris Graville

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in July with a unique presentation by Iris Graville, author of Hands at Work

What is the way of the artist? Whether the art is writing, music, photography, painting, healing, baking or some other creative expression, seven characteristics describe Iris' own experience as well as what she's learned from the people in Hands at Work: commitment, exploration, joy, fear, connection, faith, and lack of control. She will talk a bit about each of these characteristics with stories from her own journey as well as images and excerpts from Hands at Work.

Prior to Iris' presentation, guests are invited to attend the Hands at Work Exhibit Reception and Viewing at 5:00 p.m.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $5 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 door. 

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

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch
Jul
19
5:30 pm17:30

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch

We might think it is quiet and peaceful underwater, but the ocean is actually a noisy place. Joe Olson of Cetacean Sound will bring these sounds to the surface with an overview of his underwater hydrophones and the underwater recordings of whales.

Speaker: Joe Olson, Cetacean Sound

Topic:  "What is that noise? Hydrophones and Whale sounds" 

 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.

Sea Faces Exhibit Opening Reception and Viewing
Jul
14
6:00 pm18:00

Sea Faces Exhibit Opening Reception and Viewing

Please join us on Friday, July 14th for our Sea Faces Exhibit Opening Reception and Viewing from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Enjoy fresh snacks and a cash bar while having the first look at our newest exhibit.

Using portraiture as a community building tool, Sea Faces is a collection of portraits of Gig Harbor area locals and their stories. Local artists Nathan Yeager, Kim Anderson, Sacha Brown and Nate Seay created portraits using charcoal, oil paint, mixed media, and photography. 

The models shared the history of how they or their family came to live in the area as well as unique stories that contribute to our sense of local heritage. 

Thanks to Nathan Yeager for coordinating this exhibit project.

Sea Faces will be on view through August 31st, 2017.

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Jul
11
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

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 will be held on Tuesday, July 11th at 6:00pm at the Harbor History Museum.

The book for the July meeting is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout; winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the basis for the Emmy award-winning HBO miniseries. 

In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer's eyes, it's in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama-desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life - sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition-its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

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.

Humanities in the Harbor: "Our Very Best on Everest: A Tribute to Gig Harbor's Premier Mountaineers"
Jun
28
6:00 pm18:00

Humanities in the Harbor: "Our Very Best on Everest: A Tribute to Gig Harbor's Premier Mountaineers"

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

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in June with a special presentation by Douglas McDonnell on the achievements of Gig Harbor mountaineers, Luther Jerstad and Marty Hoey.

Luther G. (Lute) Jerstad (1936–1998) was an American mountaineer and mountain guide who was a member of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition. He reached the summit of Mount Everest by the South Col route on May 22, 1963 with Barry Bishop. Three weeks earlier, on May 1, Jim Whittaker and Sherpa mountaineer Nawang Gombu had reached the summit, placing an American flag there. Jerstad described seeing the flag as he and Bishop approached the summit, "Just then we came over the last rise and there was that American flag -- and what a fantastic sight! That great big flag whipping in the breeze, and the ends were tattered."

Marty Hoey (1951 – May 15, 1982) was a mountaineer who took part in a 1982 expedition to Mount Everest. During an attempted ascent that would have made her the first American woman to summit Everest, she plunged over the edge of the Great Couloir to her death, as the result of a climbing harness that had come unsecured.

On display for the presentation will be Jerstad's boots, backpack, pants, windbreaker, and ice axe from the 1963 Expedition. Rocks from the summit of Mount Everest and the Nepalese spirit banners Jerstad took to the summit will also be on view. As you enter the Museum you will see Bruce Bronson's 1963 Ford Falcon convertible which chauffeured Jerstad when Gig Harbor honored him with the largest parade the city has ever thrown for an individual. 

The Harbor History Museum will also provide a light Norwegian smorgasbord before the lecture begins for guests to enjoy.   

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $5 and can be purchased online at www.harborhistorymuseum.org/buy-tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Doors open at 5:30pm and talks begin at 6:00pm. 

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

 

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch
Jun
21
5:30 pm17:30

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch

Have you ever wondered about the different oyster shells you find on the beach? Why is Puget Sound famous for its oysters? How can you, as a Citizen Scientist, help the local oyster populations? Learn more at this Cocktails & Fishtales! 

Speaker: Dr. Mike Behrens, Pacific Lutheran University

Topic: "Native Oysters in Puget Sound: Decline, Recovery and the value of Citizen Science"


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.

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Martin Marten by Brian Doyle
Jun
6
6:00 pm18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Martin Marten by Brian Doyle

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 6th at 6:00pm at the Harbor History Museum.

The book for the June meeting is Martin Marten by Brian Doyle; a braided coming-of-age tale like no other, told in Doyle's joyous, rollicking style.

On the slopes of Mt. Hood, OR, a young marten goes from birth to adolescence quickly, while Dave at 14 slowly becomes a young man. Sections of the novel alternate between the marten's and the human's lives. The wild animal is not anthropomorphized, although he is called Martin by the author. He is a fascinating creature of the woods whose survival becomes important as readers learn about him and his family.

As Dave and Martin set off on their own adventures, their lives, paths, and trails will cross, weave, and blend. Why not come with them as they set forth into the forest and crags of Oregon's soaring mountain wilderness in search of life, family, friends, enemies, wonder, mystery, and good things to eat?

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.

Make History: Shop for a Cause with Talbots
Jun
1
4:00 pm16:00

Make History: Shop for a Cause with Talbots

The Harbor History Museum has partnered with Talbots in Uptown Gig Harbor for a special one-day event. On Thursday, June 1st, 10% of Talbot's pre-tax sales will be donated to the Harbor History Museum. 

Harbor History Museum hostesses Betty Felker and Lee Deide will be in attendance from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. but if you cannot make it during that time do not fret. Mention the Museum at any time on June 1st and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Harbor History Museum. All proceeds from the event help us bring excellent education programs to the entire community. Thank you for your support!

Please contact Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 with any questions.

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch
May
17
5:30 pm17:30

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch

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

Speaker: Ken Campbell
Interim Bay Patrol Manager at Citizens for a Healthy Bay

Topic: Why the Derelict Vessel Prevention Program is Important

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.

Teacher Happy Hour
May
12
4:00 pm16:00

Teacher Happy Hour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor branch of the Pierce County Library invite you to join the Gig Harbor Literary Society, dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of interest. The May meeting for the 2017 Gig Harbor Literary Society will be on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

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

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

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

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

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Liz Pedersen, Guest Services, at admin@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

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

Northwest Watercolor Society: Awards Reception & Painting Workshop

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

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

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

Paint-In-Paint-Out: 1:30pm - 5:00pm. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heritage Film Series: Rebirth of the Elwha

Part One: River As Spirit

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

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

Part Two: Rebirth of the Elwha

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

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

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

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

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

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

All proceeds will benefit future projects by Leaping Frog Films

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cocktails & Fishtails with Harbor WildWatch

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

Speaker: Dana Bressette

Topic: Sustainable Gardens for the Sound

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

Steward Club and Harbor History Museum members get in FREE. 

Non-Members: $5. 

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

Heritage Film Series: Buried in Sawdust and Saving Puget Sound

Buried in Sawdust for 50 Years - Estuary Restoration

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

Saving Puget Sound - One Watershed at a Time

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

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

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

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

All proceeds will benefit future projects by Leaping Frog Films

Apr
8
5:00 pm17:00

SOLD OUT Film Series: Ebb & Flow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOLD OUT

All proceeds will benefit future projects by Leaping Frog Films

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

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Grunt by Mary Roach

Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor branch of the Pierce County Library invite you to join the Gig Harbor Literary Society, dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of interest. The April meeting for the 2017 Gig Harbor Literary Society will be on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

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

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

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Liz Pedersen, Guest Services, at admin@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

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

Our Town Rewind: Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Menu

Passed Appetizers

Ichiro's chicken skewers with sweet chili ginger sauce

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

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

Jamie Moyer's favorite vegetable spring rolls

Dinner Menu

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

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

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

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

Norm Charlton's favorite assortment of roasted and grilled vegetables

John Olerud's favorite honey buttered- butter flake rolls

Dessert Buffet

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

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

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

First Saturdays: Maritime Workshop

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Third Thursdays at the Museum: Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet

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

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

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

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

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

Blacksmith: King of Craftsmen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor branch of the Pierce County Library invite you to join the Gig Harbor Literary Society, dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of interest. The second meeting for the 2017 Gig Harbor Literary Society will be on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00pm at Harbor History Museum.

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

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

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Liz Pedersen, Guest Services, at liz@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.