Friday, March 30, 2012

Jini Dellaccio Exhibit museum member preview is huge success!

Last night we celebrated the opening of the new exhibit at the Harbor History Museum "With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio."  Museum members were the first to see this incredible display of Ms. Dellaccio's stunning large format framed prints. Members were able to meet and talk to Ms. Dellaccio during the preview. She gave a tour of the gallery, commenting on every photograph on display. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our members.The exhibit officially opens to the public tomorrow, Saturday, May 31, and runs through July 29, 2012.

Special thanks to the Jini Dellaccio Collection for making this exhibit possible, and to exhibit curator Chuck Pennington for a beautiful display of Jini's work. Thank you to Karen Whitehead for allowing us to show the trailer for her upcoming film "her aim is true" which captures the artistry of Jini Dellaccio and her rock 'n' roll photography.

And...a very special thank you to Jini Dellaccio for giving us this exceptional glimpse into her body of work - fashion, portraiture, and rock & roll.

The book "Rock & Roll Jini Dellaccio" is available for sale in the museum gift shop. Proceeds benefit the museum and the Jini Dellaccio Collection. To learn more about Ms. Dellaccio, visit:

Thank you to our caterer, Shawn Ferguson. Shawn provided a delicious feast of bite-sized appetizers that were enjoyed by the attendees. 

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Gig Harbor, A Century Ago

Three figures walk along Front Street (now North Harborview) at the head of the bay. 

The town of Gig Harbor was formed, thanks to Alfred and Rachel Burnham.   Alfred was a physician, who had served in the Civil War, owned a newspaper in Minnesota, cut and sold ties for the railroad, and worked cattle in Wyoming before arriving here in 1884. Burnham bought land from the three original fishermen, Sam Jerisich, John Farrague and Peter Goldsmith and filed the plat for Gig Harbor on April 19, 1884 knowing this was a great place to live.  He opened his store, with the long dock, and published his own newspaper promoting elixirs and good health.  Later the building was known as Bay View Hall.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fennimore Fremont Young & The Second Awakening – 1901

I’m in the process of reading France, Fin de Siecle by Eugen Weber and this sentence popped out at me “…By the end of the century, the end of the world seemed nigh…”.  In The World’s End Soon by Arthur Lautrec he promised it would happen in 1901.

So what does this have to do with the history of the Gig Harbor area?  Well, it jogged my memory about an article received and published in The Review, Mankota, Minnesota on August 18, 1896 that I ran across in the Resource Room at the Harbor History Museum.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring training!

1916. May Bollen and Geraldine Stinson by the corner of the Lee Stinson house (on Stinson Avenue!). This was May's first year of teaching at Lincoln School - note the Lincoln School baseball uniforms.   
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Bit of Cooking History

While reading some old issue of The Peninsula Gateway I happened to run across the Horsehead Bay news for February 3, 1950.  Much of the article concerned the comings and goings of various visitors and residents of the area.

But what caught my eye was the recipe at the end of the piece. Why?  Probably because cooking has such a wide following these days, and I personally happen to consider cooking as one of my avocations.  This recipe was so unique that I just had to share with you because as the article stated these dishes are (in 1950) among the most expensive on hotel menus in England.  England was still experiencing rationing of many food items.

So here you are:

Crepe de Coque a la Creme (English)

1/2 lb. cockerels' comb - scalded in boiling water and skinned
1/2 pt. chicken stock
1 tsp. chopped shallots
1 tsp. chopped onion
1/4 pt. cream
2 tsp. flour
2 tsp. butter

Melt butter in a saucepan, add onions and shallots and fry lightly.  Add flour, mix well.  Stir in chicken stock and bring to boil.  Add combs cut in small pieces and boil 20 minutes.  Stir in cream and serve.

Crepe de Coupe a la King

Same as above recipe with the addition of diced pimentos and whiskey.

I haven't tried this recipe, and I can't say how many of the locals raising chickens made it.  But you have to admit it is definitely an interesting bit of historical fact! 

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