Saturday, November 16, 2013

Celebrating Heritage and Holidays at the Harbor History Museum

There will be lots of fun events at the Harbor History Museum come November 22 and 23, 2013.  We certainly hope you join us for the fun and entertaining time.

What could be more fun than tasting holiday treats and beverages made from traditional recipes from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Croatia?  I’m hungry already just thinking about them.

This year, the Harbor History Museum will host some very special events to honor our heritage and showcase all the museum has to offer.  Throughout the holiday season, area children may gain free museum admission by bringing food donations for area food banks. 

The museum gift shop will host its annual Traditional Scandinavian and Croatian Christmas Open House each day.  Holiday treats and beverages will be served and many special gift items will be available that depict our rich Scandinavian/Croatian heritage.  

Harbor History Museum Gift Shop

When did you say?  From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both days, November 22 and 23, 2013.  See you there!

Yugoslavian Singers at Harbor Holidays 1971

Scandinavian doll and book waiting to be taken home

BUT that’s not all! 

On Saturday, November 23, the public is invited the 120th Birthday Party for the Midway Schoolhouse from 1:00-3:00 PM.  Museum admission is free for the day.  Activities will include a raffle of schoolhouse related items, demonstrations, photos with a schoolmarm or schoolmaster (bring your own camera), and a brief program at 2:00 PM with special guest speakers and birthday cake. Children will have the opportunity to make schoolhouse ornaments for the lobby Christmas tree.

District #79, Midway School 1978 Before the move to HHM

The 120th Birthday of the schoolhouse is also the official release date of the children’s book, Midway in History Inspired by her work at the museum as Headmistress Abigail Bennett for the “Pioneer School Experience,” Leann O’Neill fulfilled her goal to write and publish a children’s book.  Told from the viewpoint of the schoolhouse, the book details historical facts and perceptions from 1893 to the present.  Because the museum has been and continues to be strongly supported by the local area, Leann wanted the book to be a community effort as well.  Illustrator Marion Ekberg is a long-time Gig Harbor resident and former colleague in the Peninsula School District. Local publisher Jan Walker of Plicata Press was instrumental in completing the project and getting the book printed.  “The title of the book includes the schoolhouse name, but also embodies the idea that the schoolhouse and, in the broader sense, our museum and community are each now “mid-way” in history with such a rich past, a vibrant present, and endless possibilities for the future,” said O’Neill.

Midway Student Body 1914

Midway Students

When did you say?  The 120th Midway Birthday Party starts at 1:00 PM and goes until 3:00 PM  The schedule looks like this:

  • All Day - Raffle Tickets; Power Point Presentation of the Midway Schoolhouse from 1893 to present; Photos with Schoolmarm/Master with your own camera; Midway in History book for $10 & signing; Gallery Tours; Video in Schoolhouse of Midway students; and children decorating schoolhouse cookie cutters for the Christmas tree.
  • 1:30-1:45 - Schoolhouse Demonstration
  • 1:45-2:00 - Book Signing
  • 2:00-2:15 - Welcome by Debra Ross, HHM Board President; Comments by Ted Smith, HHM Executive Director and introduction of special guests; Comments by Betty Felker, Rotary President; Comments by Leann O’Neill, Head Schoolmistress and Author of Midway in History; and followed by singing Happy Birthday and Cake.
I'm looking forward to seeing you at the celebration on November 22 and 23, 2014 at the Harbor History Museum.  Please join us.

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