Harbor History Museum Hosts World War II Exhibit

Harbor History Museum Hosts World War II Exhibit

Harbor History Museum is pleased to host “Bomber Boys: Portraits From the Front,” a new traveling exhibition developed by Bering Street Studio. Featuring a series of striking photographs reproduced from a secret stash of World War II images, ephemera, and a diary from 1945, the exhibit highlights the combat, captains, crew, and camp life of the 445th bomb squadron of the 12th Army Air Corps stationed mainly on Corsica and in Italy.

“This amazing collection was found when my sister and I were cleaning out the hayloft of our horse barn in Gig Harbor, Washington,” says Stephanie Lile, exhibit curator and longtime museum professional. “Dad never talked much about the war and never seemed to want to, so finding the box of dusty old photos and a diary was a huge surprise.” Lile and her four siblings felt the collection was too special not to share. In fact, she has spent the last 10 years researching and cataloging the collection, an adventure that took her both to Italy and to Arizona to fly in an historic B-25.

Lile used the collection as inspiration for a young adult novel THE TAIL GUNNER; after its publication, she and her family decided to expand access to the collection by creating a traveling exhibition. Lile is a lecturer for Museum Studies at University of Washington Tacoma, and she saw an opportunity to use the collection and exhibit to involve her students in a real-world project. “The students did much of the background research on specific topics and people that was then transformed into various interpretive elements,” explains Lile. “The stories that have surfaced are amazing. One student discovered that Lorton Wellnitz, one of the bomber boys pictured in the exhibit, was not only an enlisted man and statistician, but an all-star pitcher around base.”

The exhibit features portraits of the “boys” who flew B-25 bombers in the Mediterranean theater. Some of them are known, like Wellnitz and Keith B. Lile—the tail gunner whose collection these images came from, but most are not. One of the curator’s hopes in presenting this exhibit is that as the show travels, people will recognize some of the men depicted. A handful of the men in the portraits were identified by notes on the original prints, but many remain a mystery.

“Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front” will be on view from July 27th to September 4th. Harbor History Museum will host a members-only reception on July 27th from 6:00-8:00pm, including a curator talk and complimentary appetizers and refreshments.

For more information about Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front, visit www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5 with questions.

Acclaimed Sculptor to Display Work at History Museum

Acclaimed Sculptor to Display Work at History Museum

Harbor History Museum is thrilled to welcome award-winning Gig Harbor sculptor and art educator, Mardie Rees, to the Museum’s Lobby Gallery for her new show, The Early Years: Mardie Rees Solo Exhibition, to run from July 2 through August 28.

A longtime Gig Harbor local, Mardie began specializing in figurative sculpture after receiving her Bachelors of Arts from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003. Mardie has created life-sized bronze works for memorials and public spaces throughout the country, including an over life size sculpture, St. Anthony’s Guiding Hand, at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, CO and the WWII U.S. Marine Raider Memorial at the National Museum of Marine Corps in Quantico, VA. Locally, her work Saint Anthony and Child can be seen at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Mardie’s work has won prestigious awards from organizations such as the Portrait Society of America, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and the National Sculpture Society.  

Her process reflects classical training, hand sculpting works from live models and using the time-honored lost-wax method. This approach is time-intensive, but results in expressive and powerful artwork that takes on a life of its own. While Mardie’s work reflects her artistic training, it also reflects her life experiences. Both her travels abroad--she spent three years living in Ecuador as a teenager--and her life in the Harbor show in her sensitive attention to human themes such as faith, youth, struggle, and hope.

A reception for The Early Years: Mardie Rees Solo Exhibition will take place on July 15 from 5:30-8:30pm with an artist talk at 7:00pm. Appetizers and cash bar will be available. Lobby Gallery exhibits at Harbor History Museum are free and open to the public. For more information about the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or visit our website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

Mission: The mission of the Harbor History Museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing the rich history of this area. Our vision is to be the cornerstone that provides a gathering place and a sense of identity for our community. 

Harbor History Museum to Participate in Blue Star Museums

HARBOR HISTORY MUSEUM TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS

Harbor History Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

Gig Harbor, WA – Today Harbor History Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016. Leadership support for Blue Star Families programming and promotional materials has been provided by MetLife Foundation. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

 

 “The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during the summer months,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The program is also a great way for service member families to connect to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful way for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day.”

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, New Hampshire, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in Pacific Grove, California, the Rochester Museum & Science Center in Rochester, New York, and El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2016 through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact bluestarmuseums@arts.gov, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451. This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA Military Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

About Harbor History Museum

The mission of the Harbor History Museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing the rich history of this area. Our vision is to be the cornerstone that provides a gathering place and a sense of identity for our community.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families leverages data-driven insights to curate resources for military families, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members annually. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. Visit bluestarfam.org for more information.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016.

 

Melodies of the Croatian Coast Come to History Museum

From one coastline to another, Harbor History Museum is thrilled to announce a Croatian klapa performance by the Seattle-based klapa group, KlapaDooWopella, at 2:00pm on June 26, 2016 at Harbor History Museum.

Originally formed in 1979, KlapaDooWopella sings traditional Croatian klapa songs. Klapa is a popular acapella-style of music sung along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Reflecting themes such as love, loss, and the lives of fishermen, the songs evokes the heart of Croatian culture. KlapaDooWopella is comprised of Ted Hunter (lead), Jim Hoath (baritone), Phil Parham (high tenor), and Bill Weis (bass). KlapaDooWopella performs widely both around the Pacific Northwest and along the Croatian coast, including hot spots such as the islands of Hvar, Rab, and Vis.

This talented quartet will perform at 2:00pm on June 26, 2016 at Harbor History Museum. Complimentary traditional Croatian snacks will be served and concert goers will have the opportunity to enjoy several Croatian cultural activities, including a Croatian language booth and a craft for all ages. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for children 3-12. Children under the age of 3 are free. To purchase tickets, visit the Museum’s EventBrite page or contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722.

For more information about the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or visit our website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

 

 

May Membership Drive is Happening at Harbor History Museum

Harbor History Museum is excited to announce our May Membership Drive running from May 10 through May 31, which aims to invigorate membership with incredible value and new rates for all membership levels.

With a full schedule of programs, events, and activities at the Museum, there has never been a better time to sign up. Members are entitled to perks such as free admission, discounted tickets to Museum events, special exhibit sneak peeks, and free or reduced admission to museums and cultural organizations around the country through the Time Traveler’s Reciprocal Program and NARM (North American Reciprocal Museum) Association. Those who sign up, renew, or purchase a gift membership before May 31 will also receive 2 complimentary tickets to any Third Thursdays at the Museum concert in 2016.

Membership is one of the cornerstones of the Museum. Membership funds directly support our educational programs like the Pioneer School Experience, and the Shenandoah Restoration and allows the Museum to bring in new exhibits like “50 Years of Fitting In: Fashion, History & Women from 1890-1940,” lectures, art shows, programs like “Our Town,” and so much more.

For more information about the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or visit our website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

 

Into the Woods: A Sharon Carr Exhibit to Open at Harbor History Museum

With the colors of the Harbor coming alive with spring, Harbor History Museum is pleased to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside with its upcoming Lobby Gallery show, Into the Woods: A Sharon Carr Exhibit from May 5 through June 22.

Based in Gig Harbor, Sharon Carr began painting in her spare time while working as a counselor, but fell in love with the process of creation. Now a full-time painter, her lively work celebrates color and form, and the boundaries between the abstract and the literal within a composition. Of her process, Sharon Carr says: “My art has evolved over the years from realistic watercolor to more expressive acrylic painting on canvas. Today I do much of my work with a palette knife because I love the luscious texture it allows. I work to combine recognizable subject matter with abstract shapes and color to create a composition that sings.”

Sharon Carr's work has been shown in numerous galleries and juried shows throughout the region, including Gallery Row, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bluewater Art Gallery, Edmonds Art Festival, San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, Red Rock Art Fest, and the Lake Oswego Art Festival.

Lobby Gallery exhibits at Harbor History Museum are free and open to the public. For more information about the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or visit our website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

Showing History: Museum Lines Up New Cultural Fare in 2016

As complicated as it is beautiful, embroidery is an art that takes time and skill to master. For many women in Bangladesh, however, mastering this delicate craft is not just about artistry; embroidery is their path to independence.

Join Harbor History Museum for the first film showing of 2016. The Museum is pleased to announce that on Friday, May 13th, it will screen Threads and provide a Q&A panel with its directors and producers, Gig Harbor residents Cathy Stevulak and Leonard Hill. Threads offers a picture of the unique life of Surayia Rahman, Bangladeshi artist and embroiderer. In addition to her work as an accomplished craftswoman, Suraiya has dedicated her life to helping women of all backgrounds in Bangladesh develop skills, training, and economic self-sufficiency through teaching kantha embroidery, a unique style that uses running stitches. Kantha is known for its colorful folk motifs and visual narratives that speak to the culture and history of Bangladesh.

Threads will show at 6:00pm. Tickets will go on sale on April 15. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Lights snacks and a cash bar will be available. To purchase tickets, visit the Museum’s EventBrite page or call the Front Desk at 253-858-6722. To learn more about the film, visit www.kanthathreads.com.

If you are interested in learning more about Harbor History Museum, contact alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722 ext. 5. For information about the Museum, visit www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

 

New Line of Heritage Services, Resources Coming to Harbor History Museum

Fans of history and genealogy research have a new reason to get excited about visiting Harbor History Museum. In  April 2016, a new and exciting lineup of services and resources will be added to the Museum’s roster.

In partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society, the Museum will offer its very first Genealogy 101 workshop on April 21st at 6:00pm. The workshop will focus on basic genealogy research techniques and resources, as well as provide an introduction to using Ancestry.com. Instructors from the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society encourage attendees to bring questions about their own genealogy research. Following the Genealogy 101 workshop, Harbor History Museum will begin providing on-site access to Ancestry.com to the public. Ancestry.com is the premier genealogy research database, connecting genealogists to millions of records and family trees across the world. Information about Ancestry.com and its use at the Museum can be found by visiting the Museum’s website.  

The Genealogy 101 workshop will be free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve a spot, visit the Museum’s website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org/events or call 253-858-6722.


For questions about the Museum, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. Learn more about the museum at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Harbor History Museum Jazzes Up Concert Series

Harbor History Museum is ready to shake off the winter blues and get energized. The Museum is thrilled to announce that Hook Me Up, a fun and funky Tacoma-based jazz and pop quartet, will be performing on April 14th as part of its regular Third Thursdays at the Museum concert series.

While the members of the band come from different backgrounds, this seasoned group of jazz musicians know how to get their groove on. Hook Me Up features the following performers: Tracey D. Hooker, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter; James C. Cochran, pianist for numerous popular Pacific Northwest groups such as the Groovin' Higher Jazz Orchestra; Osama Afifi, a bassist who has performed with everyone from Yani to Vanessa Paradis; and Aaron C. Hennings, one of the Northwest's finest drummers, who has played with jazz favorites such as Doc Severinsen. This group, a favorite in the South Sound region, has a compelling performance style that will have you tapping your feet long after the show is over.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Light appetizers and a cash bar are available. Tickets are $18 for members and $28 for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/harborhistorymuseum or call 253-858-6722.

 Guest should note that this concert takes place on the second Thursday of April. Concerts will resume the regular third Thursday schedule in May. To learn more about Third Thursdays at the Museum concerts, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722 ext. 5. Find out more about the Museum at www.harborhistorymuseum.org or visit FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Prestigious Lecture Series Coming to Harbor History Museum

Harbor History Museum and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging series of conversations with four unique speakers as part of the 2016 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. These speakers will explore a range of topics that are designed to spark conversation and critical thinking and engage communities in new dialogues.

Speakers for 2016 will include:

  • George Halekas: "The Roots of Music: Exploring Earth's Soundscapes"

  • Llyn De Danaan: "History in Your Backyard"

  • Julia Harrison: "Ripe for the Telling: Surprising Stories of Washington Fruit:

  • Scott Woodward: "Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State"

Official dates and times for individual presenters will be announced shortly. These events are FREE and open to the public thanks to the support from Humanities Washington. For more information on the lecture series, please contact Alphild Dick, Marketing & Events Coordinator at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org. For more information about Humanities Washington, visit www.humanities.org.

Renowned Classical Musicians and Radio Announcer to Perform at Museum

From the snow-covered birch forests of Russia all the way to the waterfront of Gig Harbor, Harbor History Museum is delighted to announce upcoming performances of the beloved Russian children's tale and symphony, Peter and the Wolf, by composer, Sergei Prokofiev, on Saturday, February 20th, 2016.

Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy living deep in the woods with his grandfather and a bevy of animal companions. Although Peter and his friends want to go exploring the nearby meadows, Peter’s cautious grandfather warns him to stay within the garden gates—a terrible wolf is at large! But although Peter and his friends return to the safety of the garden, they find themselves facing the dangerous creature all on their own. The tale’s themes of clever resourcefulness and bravery are timeless, but the tale is also well known for its role in introducing classical music to children.

The opportunity to enjoy a rendering of this lively story is cause for plenty of excitement, but the Museum is doubly pleased to welcome acclaimed conductor, Christophe Chagnard, who will lead an ensemble of musicians, and Classical KING FM’s Sean MacLean as narrator for the performances. Audiences will delight in these world-class performers as they bring the characters to life through music and words.

“This will be a performance to remember,” says Katharine Hensler, Harbor History Museum’s Executive Director. “We are simply thrilled for the opportunity to host such a treasure. A collaboration with such esteemed musicians is an honor of ours and we’re very excited to be able to share it with the community.”

The Museum will host performances of this family-friendly show at 2:00pm and 4:00pm on Saturday, February 20th. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to sample authentic Russian tea and treats along with the performance. Tickets will be $35 for members, $40 for non-members, and $25 for children ages 3 through 12. Admission for children 2 and under is free. To purchase tickets, visit the Museum's website or contact the Front Desk at 253-858-6722.

For more information about the performances, contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at 253-858-6722 ext. 5 or at alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org. For more information about Harbor History Museum, visit Harbor History Museum’s website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

Vibrant Art Lights Up History Museum

Harbor History Museum will host a special exhibit featuring the work of Washington painter William Turner through February 28th in the Museum’s Lobby Gallery. The exhibit will feature four vibrant and energetic paintings by Turner, including “Birdland,” a 90” by 66” oil on canvas work that is both visually engaging and meditative.

William Turner is a Washington native whose bright paintings and bold brushwork are a perfect contrast to the grey Pacific Northwest winter skies. Color and movement has long been central to Turner’s approach to painting. During his studies at the University of Washington for his Master of Fine Arts, William Turner studied with Jacob Lawrence, a master colorist whose influence is clear in Turner's exuberant use of color. After receiving his MFA, William Turner studied with both Michael Spafford and Alden Mason, two renowned painters from the Pacific Northwest. While Turner’s work is representative of the school of West Coast Abstract painting, other types of creative expression can be seen in his work. Turner has been strongly influenced by jazz music, and the genre's improvisational rhythms make themselves visible on the canvas.

Turner's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums from New York to Seattle. A recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, his paintings are part of the collections at the Washington State Art Commission, Tacoma Art Museum, Amgen Corporation, and many other private and corporate collections around the country. Moreover, he has shown locally for nearly 20 years at the Foster/White Gallery in Seattle and is currently represented by Ryan James Fine Arts in Kirkland, WA.

Harbor History Museum’s Lobby Gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about Harbor History Museum, please contact alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org, call 253-858-6722 ext. 5, or visit Harbor History Museum’s website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

Building History Together

Harbor History Museum is home to the rich historical and cultural traditions of the Gig Harbor area. It is also an organization that looks forward to the future, with plans for 2016 that will undoubtedly entice longtime community members, as well as those discovering the area for the first time. With such an exciting year ahead, now is the time to build strong networks and vibrant partnerships.

The Board of Directors and the staff of Harbor History Museum invite Gig Harbor area businesses to join them for a first-of-its-kind business partnership breakfast on January 27th, 2016. From 7:30-9:00am, Harbor History Museum will host local entrepreneurs and businesses for networking, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the mission of an organization that is at the heart of its community. Also on the plate: a special preview of what is new and upcoming at the Museum and how these plans may benefit business owners.

Interested business owners and representatives are encouraged to RSVP to Katharine Hensler, Executive Director at katharineh@harborhistorymuseum.org or at 253-858-6722 ext. 3. For more information about Harbor History Museum, please contact alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org, call 253-858-6722 ext. 5, or visit Harbor History Museum’s website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the museum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

History Museum Hosts Volunteers for Thank You Breakfast

As an organization built and supported by volunteers, Harbor History Museum knows the value of its volunteers—they are priceless. To thank the more than 35 active volunteers for their countless hours of dedicated service, Museum staff invites all volunteers to join staff on Saturday, January 23rd from 10am-12pm for the first annual Volunteer Meet and Greet breakfast.

Volunteers provide essential support for the Museum’s operations. From guiding tours to helping conduct research to restoring the Shenandoah fishing vessel, the Museum thrives thanks to its volunteers’ generosity, commitment, and enthusiasm for all things Gig Harbor.

“The volunteers here are the heart and soul of the Museum,” said Sarah Till, Harbor History Museum’s Volunteer Coordinator. “Without their passion and dedication to the Museum, we wouldn’t have all the knowledge that we do about the community and its history.”

Along with current volunteers, the Museum welcomes past volunteers and community members looking to get involved. During the Volunteer Meet & Greet breakfast, attendees will have the opportunity to meet staff and other volunteers, as well as learn more about the Museum’s numerous volunteer opportunities in 2016 and sign up!

To RSVP for the Volunteer Meet and Greet, please contact Sarah Till, Volunteer Coordinator, at 253-858-6722 ext. 8 or sarah@harborhistorymuseum.org. For more information about Harbor History Museum, please contact alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org, call 253-858-6722 ext. 5, or visit Harbor History Museum’s website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the museum onFacebookTwitter, and Instagram, too.

Local Museum Dives Deeper into its Heritage


Gig Harbor’s rich cultural and historical influences are the center of attention again at Harbor History Museum. After receiving a warm reception from the community this fall, the Museum is offering new Our Town programs for both families and adults in 2016. The winter series will highlight the impact of English, Croatian, and Italian immigrants in the Gig Harbor area. Featuring local speakers, scholars, and community members, the series provides community members and their families an opportunity to interact with the region’s one-of-a-kind history.

The winter series of Our Town will run from January to March. January will focus on the English heritage in the area. On January 9th from 1-3pm, families can learn the craft of tea-staining and create a portrait of the Shenandoah fishing vessel. On January 16th from 1-3pm, the Museum will host Fort Nisqually curator, Chris Erlich, as she discusses the history of the Hudson Bay Company.

In February, Our Town will explore the rich Croatian cultural contributions to Gig Harbor. On February 6th, families are invited to join in a unique water-themed art project from 1-3pm. For the adult program on February 18th, Skansie family descendants will share the unique story of their legendary boat-building family from 2-3pm at the Museum.

The winter series of Our Town will wrap up with a focus on the Italian cultural influence in the area. On March 5th from 1-2:30pm, local professor Alice Di Certo will provide an Italian language lesson for families, and on March 16th, the adult program will explore the history of early-20th century Italian immigrant families, the Spadonis, Natuccis, and Seghieris from 2-3pm.

Our Town family programs are free. Adult programs are free for Museum members and $2 for non-members. If you are interested in learning more about Harbor History Museum’s Our Town programming or make a reservation, please email elizabeth@harborhistorymuseum.org or call 253-858-6722. For more information about Harbor History Museum, please contact alphildd@harborhistorymuseum.org, call 253-858-6722 ext. 5, or visit Harbor History Museum’s website at www.harborhistorymuseum.org. Find the museum on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram, too.