Museum celebrates two anniversaries

Published August 15, 2018 / by Steve Berentson

Who says a museum can’t be fun?! Join Anacortes Museum’s celebration of two anniversaries on Thursday, August 30. Fifty years ago, the museum opened in the Carnegie Library building, and 60 years ago, the Anacortes Museum of History Board was established. Mayor Anthony Mustacich appointed the first Anacortes Museum of History Board on July 23, 1958. Ten years later, the museum got a physical location in the Carnegie Library building, which has been home to the Anacortes Museum ever since. In recognition of these milestones, staff has spiffed up the outside courtyard area to make it inviting for folks who want to enjoy the garden and historic WCTU fountain. “We have a new flagpole (funded by Anacortes Noon Kiwanis and the Anacortes Museum Foundation’s membership) and an interpretive panel to share the history of the Carnegie Library and the Anacortes Museum. Thanks are due to the City of Anacortes Parks crew and Facilities staff for their essential work on this project.” Please join the celebration and unveiling of these new additions at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, at the museum, 1305 8th Street. Mayor Laurie Gere will participate in the event, which will also feature a visit from Amos Bowman’s great, great niece, ukulele tunes and snacks. We will bury a time capsule created by students, and try to imagine the role of the Anacortes Museum in the community when the capsule is unearthed in 2068. Pictured here practicing for the celebration are Museum Director Bret Lunsford and Education and Media Curator Kate Clark.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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