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.