Gig Harbor Literary Society
Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

The August meeting will be held on TUESDAY, October 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our October meeting is Housekeeping by Laurie Frankel.

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A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt.

The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town "chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere."

Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.

MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the author of the novel Gilead and two books of nonfiction, Mother Country and The Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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To view the Literary Society Fall/Winter Lineup, please click HERE.

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 staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Robin Harrison, Operations and Marketing Manager, at operations@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society
Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

The August meeting will be held on TUESDAY, November 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our November meeting is Citizen Vince by Jess Walter.

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At 1:59 a.m. in Spokane, Washington; eight days before the 1980 presidential election; Vince Camden pockets his stash of stolen credit cards and drops by an all-night poker game before heading to his witness-protection job dusting crullers at Donut Make You Hungry.

Along with a neurotic hooker girlfriend, this is the total sum of Vince's new life. But when a familiar face shows up in town, Vince realizes his sordid past is still too close behind him.

During the next unforgettable week, he'll negotiate a coast-to-coast maze of obsessive cops, eager politicians, and assorted mobsters; only to find that redemption might exist, of all places, in the voting booth.

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.

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To view the Literary Society Fall/Winter Lineup, please click HERE.

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 staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Robin Harrison, Operations and Marketing Manager, at operations@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

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Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State

Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Harbor History Museum is excited to welcome writer and producer Feliks Banel.

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Local broadcaster and historian Feliks Banel explores our region’s darkest weather days and most infamous storms. With archival photos, radio, and TV clips, Banel takes us back in time to hear stories of those who survived some of the worst Pacific Northwest weather in recorded history.

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Further, Banel explores how these storms can revive our shared humanity. Frightening weather can bind communities together to share resources, commiserate, and protect each other. Participants are encouraged to share their own memories of how they survive being snowed in, washed out, or left without power in the wake of a big storm—and why we remember those moments for the rest of our lives.

Feliks Banel is a writer and producer, and serves as editor of COLUMBIA, the quarterly magazine of the Washington State Historical Society. He has been a host and contributor for KIRO Radio on matters of Northwest history and culture for many years; he created the history series This NOT Just In for KUOW Public Radio; and he produces documentaries for the Seattle Channel.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is FREE thanks to Humanities Washington! Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Admission is free, but seats are limited. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Tim Young, Education & Events Manager at Harbor History Museum at education@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

The August meeting will be held on TUESDAY, December 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our December meeting is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

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Winner of the Newbery Medal

This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. 

Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create an unforgettable story of friendship, art, and hope.

The One and Only Ivan features first-person narrative; author's use of literary devices (personification, imagery); and story elements (plot, character development, perspective).

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To view the Literary Society Fall/Winter Lineup, please click HERE.

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 staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seats are limited; RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Robin Harrison, Operations and Marketing Manager, at operations@harborhistorymuseum.org or 253-858-6722.

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Concert Series -- Gangspil Trio
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Concert Series -- Gangspil Trio

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$25 Admission / $20 for Members

Bar opens at 7:00 p.m. // Music from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m

"Two of Denmark’s leading folk musicians take you along on a tour around the music traditions of their home country, backed up by the great Norwegian guitarist Vidar Skrede!”

In 2016 Gangspil received the "Tradition Award" at the Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy).

Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica), Kristian Bugge (fiddle) and Viðar Skrede (guitar) will guarantee you an entertaining and variated journey through the traditions of Danish folk music.

This lively trio performs old dance tunes and songs from every corner of their Scandinavian home country. From rural islands like Læsø to the metropol Copenhagen, including a few of their own compositions. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hopsas, plus the exotic “Sønderhoning” dance tunes from the famous Island of Fanø, and long forgotten songs from all over the country. An unforgettable live experience spiced up with humor and stories from their many years on the road.

Gangspil have toured intensively and played more than 100 shows in North America since 2015! - as well as a good number in other parts of the world. The group has become a well-known name in trad- and folk circles both home in Scandinavia and abroad.

The three musicians are known from bands like: Baltic Crossing, Habadekuk, Geitungen, Jensen & Bugge, ULC, The Secret Carpet Club, Marianne Green Band and Dronningens Livstykke.

They released their first album, “Gangspil,” in the summer of 2015. The U.S. release took place at the great Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA in the first week of July. The Danish/European release was celebrated at the Tønder Festival in Southern Denmark in the last weekend of August.

Gangspil Trio will be held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is $20 for Harbor History Museum members and $25 for Non-Members. Tickets can be purchased online on the Museum's Buy Tickets page or by calling 253-858-6722; tickets may also be purchased at the Museum front desk. 

 Questions and inquiries may be directed to Robin Harrison, Operations and Marketing Manager at Harbor History Museum at operations@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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The Sea and The Stars
Aug
31
11:00 AM11:00

The Sea and The Stars

From local Native American tribes, to early European mariners, the night sky has served as a navigation tool for exploring the seas. Learn how they used the stars and the sea in this fun, interactive program for young and old.

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 This event is by donation (pay what you can) and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged as space is limited.

 RSVPs and questions may be directed to Tim Young, Education Manager at Harbor History Museum at education@harborhistorymuseum.org

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Washington's Undiscovered Feminists
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Washington's Undiscovered Feminists

Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Harbor History Museum is excited to welcome back writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa.

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In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, remember some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest.

Writer Mayumi Tsutakawa presents five “woman warriors” in the arts and journalism whose inspiring stories reach back to the early years of our region. Meet the pioneering photographer Imogen Cunningham, Black American jazz musician Ruby Bishop, Chinese American artist Priscilla Chong Jue, Leftist journalist Anna Louise Strong, and Native American linguist Vi Hilbert. Drawing on her own experience as an activist and writer, she explores how these women inspired others and changed our state and our society.

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Mayumi Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who has focused on Asian/Pacific American history. She co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. She also edited two books on pioneer Asian American artists: They Painted from their Hearts and Turning Shadows into Light. Tsutakawa received her master’s degree in communications and her bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies at the University of Washington. Her graduate thesis is one of the few documents to research pre-war Japanese American newspapers. Tsutakawa also was manager of grants for the Washington State Arts Commission and previously directed King County’s arts and historic preservation programs.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is FREE thanks to Humanities Washington! Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Admission is free, but seats are limited. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Family Fun Morning!
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Family Fun Morning!

FAMILY FUN MORNING:
10:00am – 12:00pm

All Ages | FREE
15% Off Purchases in Museum Mercantile During Family Fun Hours

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ONGOING ACTIVITIES:

~ Museum Scavenger Hunt w/ Prizes

~ Arts & Crafts: Draw your Favorite Object in the Museum

~ Cornhole in the Courtyard

~ Curator’s Cupboard w/ Museum Director Stephanie Lile
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SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

10:00AM: Family Fun Morning Begins

10:15AM: Story Time with Tim: So Many Fish

11:00AM: School Session in Midway Schoolhouse w/ Ms. Bennett

11:45AM: Round Rock Contest Winners Announced

12:00PM: Family Fun Morning Ends

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THANK YOU TO OUR ROUND ROCK SPONSOR:

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Gig Harbor Literary Society
Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

The August meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY, August 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our August meeting is This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.

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This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change…and then change the world.

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.

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To view the Literary Society Spring/Summer Lineup, please click HERE.

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 staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and 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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Patsy Surh O'Connell Artist Reception
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Patsy Surh O'Connell Artist Reception

Harbor History Museum members are invited to join Patsy Surh O'Connell on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. for an artist reception. Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while enjoying the beautiful artwork of “A Far-Reaching Fragrance.”

“A Far-Reaching Fragrance" will be on view through August 31, 2019.

Patsy Surh O’Connell was born in Shanghai, China of Korean parents, and lived in Korea before coming to America as a student in 1963 graduating Interior Design School in San Francisco CA. She served as Board of Trustees member on Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC) for two terms through 1997-2004. Patsy founded the nonprofit Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) in WA in 1996 where 47 countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands are represented in her community. The mission of the organization is bridging communities and generations through arts, culture, education, and business.

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Curtis Comes Back to Seattle: Re-discovering Edward Sheriff Curtis and Native American Culture in the Pacific Northwest [SOLD OUT]
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Curtis Comes Back to Seattle: Re-discovering Edward Sheriff Curtis and Native American Culture in the Pacific Northwest [SOLD OUT]

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in July as we welcome documentarian Vaun Raymond for a screening of his film, Curtis Comes Back to Seattle: Re-discovering Edward Sheriff Curtis and Native American Culture in the Pacific Northwest.

Edward Curtis is known internationally as one of the most important photographers and ethnographers of all time.  Less known are his roots in the Seattle area, and the vital role Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest played in inspiring his work.

Join descendants of Edward Curtis and people he photographed as they re-trace Curtis’ footsteps in the Pacific NW during the 150th anniversary of his birth. This feature-length documentary includes interviews with author Tim Egan, as well as recently-discovered sound recordings of Curtis’ children, sharing first-person accounts of life in the field with their father.

The film is directed by Vaun Raymond, who specializes in documenting Seattle history and teaches filmmaking at The Art Institute of Seattle. It is the final installment in a series of Curtis sesquicentennial films produced by Raymond.

The 90-minute film will be followed by a 30-minute discussion and Q&A with filmmaker, Vaun Raymond.

Admission to Humanities in the Harbor is $5, but FREE for Harbor History Museum members. Tickets may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Members are encouraged to RSVP as seating is limited. RSVPS can be made by emailing Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Development, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or by phone at 253.858.6722 ext. 5.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

The July meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY, July 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our July meeting is My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd.

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Venus Black is a straitlaced A student fascinated by the study of astronomy—until the night she commits a shocking crime that tears her family apart and ignites a media firestorm. Venus refuses to talk about what happened or why, except to blame her mother. Adding to the mystery, Venus’s developmentally challenged younger brother, Leo, goes missing.
 
More than five years later, Venus is released from prison with a suitcase of used clothes, a fake identity, and a determination to escape her painful past. Estranged from her mother, and with her beloved brother still missing, she sets out to make a fresh start in Seattle, skittish and alone. But as new people enter her orbit—including a romantic interest and a young girl who seems like a mirror image of her former lost self—old wounds resurface, and Venus realizes that she can’t find a future while she’s running from her past.
 
In this gripping story, debut novelist Heather Lloyd brilliantly captures ordinary lives thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Told through a constellation of captivating voices, My Name Is Venus Black explores the fluidity of right and wrong, the pain of betrayal, and the meaning of love and family.

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To view the Literary Society Spring/Summer Lineup, please click HERE.

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 staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and 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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CCCLC's French and Spanish Summer Camp
Jul
9
to Jul 12

CCCLC's French and Spanish Summer Camp

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…Start your Summer trip in Paris, Peru and Costa Rica! Beginning Tuesday, July 9 and running through Friday, July 12, 2019 (from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day), the Harbor History Museum will host the Chi-Chack Community Language Center’s French and Spanish Summer Camp.

The French and Spanish Summer Camp offers students aged 5 to 12 years old the opportunity to visit landmarks, enjoy the taste of French and Hispanic cuisine, and speak their languages. Tickets to this fantastic experience are only $189 per student!  

For more information or to get your pass, click the link below:  

https://chichack.regfox.com/harbor-history-museum-spanish--french-summer-camp---2019

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Labor Wars of the Northwest: The Struggle that Defined the Region
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Labor Wars of the Northwest: The Struggle that Defined the Region

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in June as we welcome back author, historian, and documentarian David J. Jepsen.

On Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., Jepsen will screen his recently released documentary film on the labor history of the Pacific Northwest, Labor Wars of the Northwest.  The documentary debuted February 2nd at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) as part of the city’s week-long commemoration of the Seattle Generation Strike centennial.

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Labor Wars of the Northwest chronicles the cauldron of discontent, radicalism and violence that permeated the region in the early decades of the twentieth century. Following the arrival of the railroads in the 1880s, tens of thousands of workers migrated to the Northwest for jobs in logging, mining and fishing. But instead of steady work, they found poverty-level wages, crushing hours and dreadful conditions. By examining this conflict in the context of a decades-long struggle, Labor Wars of the Northwest shines new light on tragedies like the Everett Massacre (1916), the Seattle General Strike (1919) and the Centralia Massacre (1919).

The one-hour film will be followed by a 30-minute discussion and Q&A.

Admission to Humanities in the Harbor is $5, but FREE for Harbor History Museum members. Tickets may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Members are encouraged to RSVP as seating is limited. RSVPS can be made by emailing Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Development, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or by phone at 253.858.6722 ext. 5.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

The June meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our June meeting is City of Ash by Megan Chance.

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When the great Seattle fire of 1889 leaves them with nothing to lose, two very different women discover a mutual passion for revenge.
 
Chicago socialite and art patron Geneva Langley has brought scandal to her family for the last time. Her latest and boldest act of immodesty is too much for her father to bear, and he banishes her to Seattle, along with her scheming, ambitious husband, Nathan. Seattle is a far cry from Chicago—the streets are muddy, the society backward, and Ginny feels stifled and alone.
 
Despite her considerable talent, Beatrice Wilkes is an actress whose dream of being a leading lady is fading rapidly. She can’t believe her luck when a new production gives her a chance at stardom, but Geneva Langley seizes the opportunity for her own and unwittingly crushes Bea’s last dream.
 
The two women engage in a fierce battle for center stage, but the great Seattle fire, which ravages the city, changes their fates and plans. In its aftermath, Ginny and Bea see an opportunity to change their lives: but it would mean banding together to enact a truly wicked plan. Their dark and perilous alliance will set them on the path to either redemption or damnation.

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To view the Literary Society Spring/Summer Lineup, please click HERE.

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 staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and 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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Entertaining the Troops in Wartime: The Early History of Armed Forces Radio
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Entertaining the Troops in Wartime: The Early History of Armed Forces Radio

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As a complement to the “Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front” exhibit currently on display, we are excited to welcome back audio historian and broadcaster, John Jensen for another Humanities in the Harbor presentation on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

During World War II, the War Department realized very quickly the need for keeping the morale up of America’s fighting forces abroad. One of the most effective and beneficial ways was through the launch on May 26, 1942 of a world-wide radio network called the Armed Forces Radio Service that would beam not only the popular programs of the day heard stateside, but specially made programming aimed at appealing to our servicemen and women. Stepping forward to contribute their time and talent during that period were many of Hollywood’s biggest motion picture and radio stars such as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Dorothy Lamour, Lucille Ball and a host of others.

See and hear once again through original audio and rarely seen film clips the still powerful messaging that emerged from that dramatic time in American history. John Jensen shares rarely heard stories and anecdotes from Hollywood’s war effort, and shows examples of one of the most effective and successful forms of communications that was used to entertain, educate and inform our men and women in uniform during the war.

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A former San Francisco broadcaster, John Jensen has been an avid collector of music, movies, and radio broadcasts of the 1930s and 40s. Early fascination led to employment as general manager of KMPX, a radio station devoted to playing the music and radio broadcasts of those years. He produced a world-wide radio broadcast honoring the US Navy 200th Anniversary, starring Bing Crosby, Mel Blanc, and other radio stars from the 1940s. In 1992, he directed the 50th Anniversary Salute to Armed Forces Radio broadcast, heard world-wide. As an audio historian, he has provided research and assorted media to filmmakers, such as Jack Haley, Jr., Frances Ford Coppola, and George Lucas. He recently retired as senior director of public relations for World Vision. Since then he has been lecturing at various venues throughout the Puget Sound area on the Great Depression era and World War II.

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

Admission is $5, but FREE for Harbor History Museum members. RSVPs are encouraged as seating is limited. Tickets may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

The May meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our May meeting is Rowing the Northwest Passage by Kevin Vallely.

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In this gripping first-hand account, four seasoned adventurers navigate a sophisticated, high-tech rowboat across the Northwest Passage. One of the "last firsts" remaining in the adventure world, this journey is only possible because of the dramatic impacts of global warming in the high Arctic, which provide an ironic opportunity to draw attention to the growing urgency of climate change.


Along the way, the team repeatedly face life-threatening danger from storms unparalleled in their ferocity and unpredictability and bears witness to unprecedented changes in the Arctic habitat and inhabitants, while weathering gale-force vitriol from climate change deniers who have taken to social media to attack them and undermine their efforts.

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To view the Literary Society Spring/Summer Lineup, please click HERE.

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 staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and 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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CATCH-22 (1970) Film Screening
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

CATCH-22 (1970) Film Screening

As a complement to our “Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front” exhibit, Harbor History Museum has partnered with the Gig Harbor Film Festival to present a screening of the 1970 film, Catch-22.

April 24, 2019 | 6:30PM | Catch-22 (1970) Film Screening | at Galaxy Theatre


A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation. Catch-22 is a parody of a "military mentality," and of a bureaucratic society in general. Catch-22 is a 1970 American dark comedy adapted from the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. In creating a dark comedy revolving around the "lunatic characters" of Heller's satirical anti-war novel set at a fictional World War II Mediterranean base, director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry (also in the cast) worked on the film script for two years, converting Heller's complex novel to the medium of film. The film will be shown at Galaxy Theatre, located at 4649 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.


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April 11, 2019 | 6PM | "The Real Men of Catch-22" | at Harbor History Museum
As a precursor to the film screening, Museum Director Stephanie Lile will offer a look inside the real world of famed novel and movie Catch-22, the very bomb wing our exhibit "Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front" is based upon. These men flew B-25 bombers throughout the Mediterranean theater, risking life and limb in strategic bombing efforts that helped bring the war to an end. The presentation will include the backstory of the Bomber Boys exhibit and serves as a great intro to the special showing of the 1970 Catch-22 movie being shown at the Galaxy Theatre on April 24th in partnership with the Gig Harbor Film Festival.
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Lile’s presentation of “The Real Men of Catch-22” as well as the screening of Catch-22 at Galaxy Theatre are FREE to both Harbor History Museum members and Gig Harbor Film Festival members. RSVPs are requested as seating is limited. RSVPs can be made online or directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Development, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

Admission to “The Real Men of Catch-22” is $5.00 for non-members and may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Admission to Catch-22 at Galaxy Theatre is $10.00 for non-members and can be paid at the door.

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

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"The Real Men of CATCH-22"
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

"The Real Men of CATCH-22"

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly lecture series that explores unique and engaging topics for the greater Gig Harbor community, will continue in April with another presentation complementing our “Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front” exhibit.

Join Museum Director Stephanie Lile for a look inside the real world of famed novel and movie Catch-22, the very bomb wing our exhibit "Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front" is based upon. These men flew B-25 bombers throughout the Mediterranean theater, risking life and limb in strategic bombing efforts that helped bring the war to an end. The presentation will include the backstory of the Bomber Boys exhibit and serves as a great intro to the special showing of the 1970 Catch-22 movie being shown at the Galaxy Theatre on April 24th in partnership with the Gig Harbor Film Festival.

Lile’s presentation of “The Real Men of Catch-22” as well as the screening of Catch-22 at Galaxy Theatre are FREE to both Harbor History Museum members and Gig Harbor Film Festival members. RSVPs are requested as seating is limited. RSVPs can be made online or directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Development, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

Admission to “The Real Men of Catch-22” is $5.00 for non-members and may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Admission to Catch-22 at Galaxy Theatre is $10.00 for non-members and can be paid at the door.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. The Galaxy Theatre is located at 4649 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.

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Mary McInnis Artist Reception
Apr
6
5:30 PM17:30

Mary McInnis Artist Reception

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McInnis' "Intimate Forest" series is a selection of oil paintings that depict scenes of hiking trails and light-filled woods of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. McInnis' oil technique grew out of her work with pastels where she would use the side of the pastel stick to put chunks of color on paper. Her paintings allow the viewer to imagine they are walking down one of her trails or into the forest.

Harbor History Museum members and Sip & Stroll participants are invited to join Mary McInnis on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. for an artist reception. Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks while losing yourself down one of McInnis' intimate forest trails. 

The "Intimate Forest" series will be on view through June 2, 2019. 

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Gig Harbor Literary Society
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

The April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our April meeting is Mink River by Brian Doyle.
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Like Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Brian Doyle's stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people.


In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it's thinking. . .
It's the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.
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To view the Literary Society Spring/Summer Lineup, please click HERE.

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 staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and 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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[7PM | SOLD OUT] "The Lost Footage" of the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

[7PM | SOLD OUT] "The Lost Footage" of the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

As the debut of "The Lost Footage" on February 26th and the two subsequently added presentations on March 6th and 19th have sold out, Harbor History Museum is excited to announce two more presentations of the newly discovered footage documenting the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on November 7, 1940. Both presentations will be on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019; the first at 4:00 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m.

Taken by Arthur T. Leach ­-- a toll booth operator at the time -- "The Lost Footage" is the only known video of the collapse as seen from the West side, or Gig Harbor side, of the Tacoma Narrows. Hosted by Museum Director Stephanie Lile, those in attendance will be among the first to glimpse the unseen 7:30 minute video of Galloping Gertie's collapse and learn more about Arthur Leach, the research to verify the footage, and what happened that fateful November day.

"As a historian, I am naturally skeptical until I am able to confirm details. I am excited to say that documentation verifies that Mr. Leach was noted as a toll collector at the time and that this footage is a rare find," says Harbor History Museum Director Stephanie Lile. "One of the things that makes this footage so special is that this was the personal view of somebody who worked on the bridge everyday. The clip we always see is shot from the Tacoma side, so this is a whole different view."

Admission to Humanities in the Harbor is $5, but FREE for Harbor History Museum members. Tickets may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Members are encouraged to RSVP as seating is limited. 

Member RSVPS can be made by emailing Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Development, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or by phone at 253.858.6722 ext. 5.

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[4PM | SOLD OUT] "The Lost Footage" of the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
Mar
26
4:00 PM16:00

[4PM | SOLD OUT] "The Lost Footage" of the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

As the debut of "The Lost Footage" on February 26th and the two subsequently added presentations on March 6th and 19th have sold out, Harbor History Museum is excited to announce two more presentations of the newly discovered footage documenting the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on November 7, 1940. Both presentations will be on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019; the first at 4:00 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m.

Taken by Arthur T. Leach ­-- a toll booth operator at the time -- "The Lost Footage" is the only known video of the collapse as seen from the West side, or Gig Harbor side, of the Tacoma Narrows. Hosted by Museum Director Stephanie Lile, those in attendance will be among the first to glimpse the unseen 7:30 minute video of Galloping Gertie's collapse and learn more about Arthur Leach, the research to verify the footage, and what happened that fateful November day.

"As a historian, I am naturally skeptical until I am able to confirm details. I am excited to say that documentation verifies that Mr. Leach was noted as a toll collector at the time and that this footage is a rare find," says Harbor History Museum Director Stephanie Lile. "One of the things that makes this footage so special is that this was the personal view of somebody who worked on the bridge everyday. The clip we always see is shot from the Tacoma side, so this is a whole different view."

Admission to Humanities in the Harbor is $5, but FREE for Harbor History Museum members. Tickets may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Members are encouraged to RSVP as seating is limited. 

Member RSVPS can be made by emailing Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Development, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or by phone at 253.858.6722 ext. 5.

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[SOLD OUT] "The Lost Footage" of the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

[SOLD OUT] "The Lost Footage" of the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

As both the debut of "The Lost Footage" on February 26th and the second presentation on March 6th have sold out, Harbor History Museum is excited to announce a third showing of the newly discovered footage documenting the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on November 7, 1940 will be shown on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. 

Taken by Arthur T. Leach ­-- a toll both operator at the time -- "The Lost Footage" is the only known video of the collapse as seen from the West side, or Gig Harbor side, of the Tacoma Narrows. Hosted by Museum Director Stephanie Lile, those in attendance will be among the first to glimpse the unseen 7:30 minute video of Galloping Gertie's collapse and learn more about Arthur Leach, the research to verify the footage, and what happened that fateful November day.

"As a historian, I am naturally skeptical until I am able to confirm details. I am excited to say that documentation verifies that Mr. Leach was noted as a toll collector at the time and that this footage is a rare find," says Harbor History Museum Director Stephanie Lile. "One of the things that makes this footage so special is that this was the personal view of somebody who worked on the bridge everyday. The clip we always see is shot from the Tacoma side, so this is a whole different view."

Admission to Humanities in the Harbor is $5, but FREE for Harbor History Museum members. Tickets may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Members are encouraged to RSVP as seating is limited. 

Member RSVPS can be made by emailing Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Development, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or by phone at 253.858.6722 ext. 5.

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"Washington State in Wartime: The Home Front in 1942"
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

"Washington State in Wartime: The Home Front in 1942"

As a complement to the “Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front” exhibit currently on display, we are excited to welcome back audio historian and broadcaster, John Jensen for another Humanities in the Harbor presentation on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Although Washington numbered only 1.7 million at the War's outset, it supplied crucial resources in millions of tons of food and raw materials, thousands of airplanes and tanks and hundreds of ships. No state was more profoundly affected economically by the introduction and expansion of war industries. Through seldom-seen film clips, radio broadcast excerpts and rarely viewed photographs, those early days of the war are vividly captured in detail. Join us as John Jensen shares rarely heard stories and anecdotes about a nation at the start of an all-encompassing conflagration and the exploits of a state that contributed more per capita to the war effort than any other.

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A former San Francisco broadcaster, John Jensen has been an avid collector of music, movies, and radio broadcasts of the 1930s and 40s. Early fascination led to employment as general manager of KMPX, a radio station devoted to playing the music and radio broadcasts of those years. He produced a world-wide radio broadcast honoring the US Navy 200th Anniversary, starring Bing Crosby, Mel Blanc, and other radio stars from the 1940s. In 1992, he directed the 50th Anniversary Salute to Armed Forces Radio broadcast, heard world-wide. As an audio historian, he has provided research and assorted media to filmmakers, such as Jack Haley, Jr., Frances Ford Coppola, and George Lucas. He recently retired as senior director of public relations for World Vision. Since then he has been lecturing at various venues throughout the Puget Sound area on the Great Depression era and World War II.

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

Admission is $5, but FREE for Harbor History Museum members. RSVPs are encouraged as seating is limited. Tickets may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Members are encouraged to RSVP as seating is limited. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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[SOLD OUT] "The Lost Footage" of the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

[SOLD OUT] "The Lost Footage" of the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Harbor History Museum is excited to announce a second showing of the newly discovered footage documenting the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on November 7, 1940. Taken by Arthur T. Leach ­-- a toll both operator at the time -- "The Lost Footage" is the only known video of the collapse as seen from the West side, or Gig Harbor side, of the Tacoma Narrows.

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Harbor History Museum Collection #2786 (Photographer: J. Bashford)

"As a historian, I am naturally skeptical until I am able to confirm details. I am excited to say that documentation verifies that Mr. Leach was noted as a toll collector at the time and that this footage is a rare find," says Harbor History Museum Director Stephanie Lile. "One of the things that makes this footage so special is that this was the personal view of somebody who worked on the bridge everyday. The clip we always see is shot from the Tacoma side, so this is a whole different view."

As the debut of "The Lost Footage" on February 26th  has sold out, the Museum will be offering a second showing on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Hosted by Museum Director Stephanie Lile, those in attendance will be among the first to glimpse the unseen 7:30 minute video of Galloping Gertie's collapse and learn more about Arthur Leach, the research to verify the footage, and what happened that fateful November day.

Admission to Humanities in the Harbor is $5, but FREE for Harbor History Museum members. Tickets may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Members are encouraged to RSVP as seating is limited. 

RSVPS can be made by emailing Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Development, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or by phone at 253.858.6722 ext. 5.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

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. 

Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our March meeting is Bone River by Megan Chance.

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In the mid-19th century, Leonie Monroe Russell works alongside her husband, Junius, an oysterman in Shoalwater Bay in the Pacific Northwest. At night she continues her father's lifelong obsession: collecting artifacts and studying the native culture that once thrived in the Washington Territory.

On her 37th birthday, Leonie discovers a mummy protruding from the riverbank bordering her property--a mummy that by all evidence shouldn't exist. As Leonie searches for answers to the mummy's origins, she begins to feel a mystical connection to it that defies all logic. Leonie's sense that otherworldly forces are at work only grows when news of the incredible discovery brings Junius's long lost son, Daniel, to her doorstep. Upon his unexpected arrival, a native elder insists that Leonie wear a special shell bracelet for protection. But protection from whom? The mummy? Or perhaps Daniel?

Leonie has always been a good daughter and good wife, but for the first time, these roles do not seem to be enough. Finding the mummy has changed everything, and now Leonie must decide if she has the courage to put aside the expectations of others to be the woman she was meant to be.
From award-winning author Megan Chance, Bone River is a haunting, lyrical tale of passion and identity.

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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 staff will lead the discussion. Materials will be available for checkout at the Gig Harbor Library, as well as for purchase online at Barnes and Noble and 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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[SOLD OUT] "The Lost Footage" of the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

[SOLD OUT] "The Lost Footage" of the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Humanities in the Harbor, a monthly series that explores unique and engaging topics for the Gig Harbor community, will continue in February with a truly special presentation.

Harbor History Museum is eager to share newly discovered footage documenting the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on November 7, 1940. Taken by Arthur T. Leach ­-- a toll both operator at the time -- "The Lost Footage" is the only known video of the collapse as seen from the West side, or Gig Harbor side, of the Tacoma Narrows.

"As a historian, I am naturally skeptical until I am able to confirm details. I am excited to say that documentation verifies that Mr. Leach was noted as a toll collector at the time and that this footage is a rare find," says Harbor History Museum Director Stephanie Lile. "One of the things that makes this footage so special is that this was the personal view of somebody who worked on the bridge everyday. The clip we always see is shot from the Tacoma side, so this is a whole different view."

Harbor History Museum Collection #2786 (Photographer: J. Bashford)

Harbor History Museum Collection #2786 (Photographer: J. Bashford)

Due to inclement weather, "The Lost Footage" will now debut on February 26th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. as part of the Museum's Humanities in the Harbor series, this time hosted by our Director. Those in attendance will be the first to glimpse the unseen 7:30 minute video of Galloping Gertie's collapse and learn more about Arthur Leach, the research to verify the footage, and what happened that fateful November day.

Admission to Humanities in the Harbor is $5, but FREE for Harbor History Museum members. Tickets may be Purchased Online or at the front desk of the Museum. Members are encouraged to RSVP as seating is limited. 

RSVPS can be made by emailing Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Development, at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org or by phone at 253.858.6722 ext. 5.

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Gig Harbor Literary Society
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

Gig Harbor Literary Society

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. 

Due to inclement weather, the February meeting will now be held on Tuesday, February 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. The book for our February meeting is The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.

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In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir, The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

Sy Montgomery’s popular 2011 ORION magazine piece, “Deep Intellect,” about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and grief at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then she has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to Mexico and French Polynesia, pursuing these solitary shape-shifters. With a central brain the size of that of an African grey parrot and neural matter in each of its eight arms, octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to get food and escape enclosures; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading their caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a being know anything? And what sort of thoughts could it think?

The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their color-changing camouflage techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing scientific appreciation of the octopus, but also tells a love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus ultimately reveals what octopuses can teach us about the nature and consciousness of the mind.
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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 Barnes and Noble and 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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Teacher Happy Hour
Jan
25
5:00 PM17:00

Teacher Happy Hour

Grab your teacher friends and join us on Friday, January 25th, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for a fun evening, especially for educators!

Discover the educational program offerings of the Harbor History Museum and learn how to get your class involved. Enjoy complimentary refreshments courtesy of the Museum!

If you have any questions, you can reach Timothy Young, Education Coordinator by phone at 253.858.6722 ext. 6 or by email at education@harborhistorymuseum.org. Harbor History Museum’s Teacher Happy Hour is FREE and is located at 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA, 98332.

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The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington

Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Harbor History Museum is lucky enough to host a second Humanities in the Harbor lecture in December as we are joined by writer and curator Mayumi Tsutakawa.

In the lead-up to World War II, Japantown in Seattle featured grocery stores, cafes, and native-language services, as well as labor and music clubs. Trading companies imported Japanese goods, and restaurants served the familiar sukiyaki, tofu, and miso soup. In Eastern Washington, Japanese farmers prospered.

Then came Executive Order 9066. Those born in Japan, as well as their American-citizen offspring, were sent, without due process, to concentration camps in windswept deserts. Throughout the West Coast, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes. Most Seattle Japanese spent the war years at Camp Minidoka in Idaho, and when they returned, most had lost everything and could not find jobs.

How did they face this injustice and rebuild their lives? How does a lively immigrant community face racist or religious hatred? The 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 is in 2017, and Mayumi Tsutakawa, whose father was renowned sculptor George Tsutakawa, will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.

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Mayumi Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who has focused on Asian/Pacific American history. She co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. She also edited two books on pioneer Asian American artists: They Painted from their Hearts and Turning Shadows into Light. Tsutakawa received her master’s degree in communications and her bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies at the University of Washington. Her graduate thesis is one of the few documents to research pre-war Japanese American newspapers. Tsutakawa also was manager of grants for the Washington State Arts Commission and previously directed King County’s arts and historic preservation programs.

Humanities in the Harbor is held at Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98332. Admission is FREE thanks to Humanities Washington! Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state.

Admission is free, but seats are limited. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Zachary Sokolik, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Harbor History Museum at marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org.

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Light Up the Night: 5th Annual Saint Lucia Festival
Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

Light Up the Night: 5th Annual Saint Lucia Festival

Celebrate Gig Harbor’s Scandinavian heritage at Harbor History Museum’s 5th Annual Light Up the Night: St. Lucia Festival on Friday, December 14th from 5:00-7:00pm. Crafts, games, and traditional Scandinavian snacks are the star at this family-friendly event. $3 admission for all ages. Harbor History Museum members and their families get in FREE.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Harbor History Museum's Buy Tickets page beginning December 1st, or at the front desk. For more information contact Zachary Sokolik, Marketing and Events Coordinator at 253.858.6722 ext. 5 or marketing@harborhistorymuseum.org

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"Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front" and "Local Heroes" Member Preview
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

"Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front" and "Local Heroes" Member Preview

Following John Jensen's presentation of Hollywood and the Homefront, Harbor History Museum members and lecture attendees are invited to stick around for a preview of our newest exhibit, "Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front" and a special lobby installation featuring our "Local Heroes."

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and an opportunity to get the first look at this amazing exhibit which highlights the little-known story of the combat, captains, crew, and camp life of the 445th bomb squadron of the 12th Army Air Corps stationed on Corsica and in Italy.

The flight and ground crew of Outhouse Mouse, a B-25 that flew more than 100 missions in the Mediterranean Theatre.

The flight and ground crew of Outhouse Mouse, a B-25 that flew more than 100 missions in the Mediterranean Theatre.

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