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

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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Gig Harbor Literary Society: The Whistling Season
Nov
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

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

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

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

Thanks to a generous gift from the Jini Dellaccio Trust, 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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Donkey Creek Chum Festival
Nov
18
12:00pm12:00pm

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 Harbor Wild Watch

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

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

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
5:30pm 5:30pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
1:00pm 1:00pm

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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Gig Harbor Literary Society: Where Lilacs Still Bloom
Oct
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

Gig Harbor Literary Society: Where Lilacs Still Bloom

Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor branch of the Pierce County Library invite you to join the Gig Harbor Literary Society, dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of interest. 

The October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:00pm at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the October meeting is Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick.

One woman, an impossible dream, and the faith it took to see it through, inspired by the life of Hulda Klager.
 
German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education-and a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda's driving purpose: a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife.  

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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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Humanities in the Harbor: "Relive the Total Solar Eclipse!"
Sep
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Humanities in the Harbor: "Relive the Total Solar Eclipse!"

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 2018.

Humanities in the Harbor will continue in September with a special presentation by Alice Few of the Tacoma Astronomical Society.

So you missed it. Maybe you were traveling, stuck in the office, at an ill-timed appointment, the victim of bad weather, unable to procure eclipse glasses, or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happens. Or perhaps you DID witness this amazing spectacle and are looking to relive the magic. This is your opportunity to experience August's total solar eclipse once more and have your questions answered with the help of Tacoma Astronomical Society's Alice Few. 

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

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

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History Rocks 2017: Masquerade for the Museum
Sep
23
5:30pm 5:30pm

History Rocks 2017: Masquerade for the Museum

Harbor History Museum is putting on a "Masquerade for the Museum" for this year's History Rocks! 2017 marks the 16th year of History Rocks, Gig Harbor's premier philanthropic and social event. What better way to celebrate this milestone than with a glamorous gala. We celebrate our local heritage and raise much needed funds to support the Harbor History Museum's operational and programming needs.

So grab your mask and get ready for another elegant evening at the Tacoma Narrows Aviation Hangar! Festivities begin at 5:30pm on September 23, 2017. This year's theme is full of mystique and intrigue and brings with it a night of lavish dining and a wealth of live and silent auction items that you simply won't be able to find anywhere else.

Tickets are now on sale on Harbor History Museum's website. Visit our Buy Tickets page to get yours today! Table and event sponsorships are also still available. For details, contact Stephanie Lile, Executive Director, at director@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 3. 

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

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Peninsula Art League's 2017 Open Juried Art Show Opening Reception and Awards Presentation
Sep
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Peninsula Art League's 2017 Open Juried Art Show Opening Reception and Awards Presentation

The Peninsula Art League's 15th Annual Open Juried Art Show will again be held at the Harbor History Museum. Each year, artists from across the nation and Canada submit over 300 entries to the show. The Museum provides ample space to accept and show over 100 works of art. Twenty-five prizes were awarded to entrants in the 2016 Open Show, totaling up to $4,760.00.

Both P.A.L. and Harbor History Museum members are encourage to join us on Friday, September 8th for the Peninsula Art League's 2017 Open Juried Art Show Opening Reception and Awards Presentation from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Enjoy fresh snacks and a cash bar while having the first look at our newest exhibit.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society: My Abandonment
Sep
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Gig Harbor Literary Society: My Abandonment

Harbor History Museum and the Gig Harbor branch of the Pierce County Library invite you to join the Gig Harbor Literary Society, dedicated to exploring the literary world of historical fiction, nonfiction, and other works of interest. 

The September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00pm at the Harbor History Museum. The book for the August meeting is My Abandonment by Peter Rock.

A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park, an enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. They inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water's edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight.

Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of its young narrator, Caroline, My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope.

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

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.

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

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 RSVPs may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org. For the potluck, feel free to bring your favorite, tasty breakfast dish or treat! The Museum will supply the rest. 

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Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch
Aug
16
5:30pm 5:30pm

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch

Are orcas picky eaters?  Learn more about our Southern Resident orcas and their preference for Chinook salmon.

Speaker: Brad Hanson, Ecologist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Topic:  Dietary Specializations of Orcas in the Pacific Northwest

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

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.

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

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.

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

Cocktails & Fishtales with Harbor WildWatch

Are orcas picky eaters?  Learn more about our Southern Resident orcas and their preference for Chinook salmon.

Speaker: Brad Hanson, Ecologist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Topic:  Dietary Specializations of Orcas in the Pacific Northwest

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

 

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Teacher Happy Hour
May
12
4:00pm 4:00pm

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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