Buried History: Harvesting Memories

  • Harbor History Museum 4121 Harborview Dr Gig Harbor, WA, 98332 United States

A wonderful opportunity to hear the personal history of oysterman, Jerry Yamashita. Mr. Yamashita will be joined by author Ron Magden to discuss the seldom mentioned Japanese oyster farms on the Peninsula. Yamashita family mementos will be on display at the Harbor History Museum alongside happy hour. For tickets click here. 

Eiichi “Jerry” Yamashita was born in Seattle in 1923. At the age of 13, Jerry began working in his father’s oyster beds. He later started the Western Oyster Company and has had a successful career for over 65 years. Jerry and his wife Dorcas reside in Seattle and have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Ron Magden Ph. D., University of Washington, is a labor historian, professor, and author of eight books from Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Magden’s works include Furusato Tacoma-Pierce County Japanese, 1888-1977, History of Seattle Japanese, and Candyman: History of Brown & Haley.