The Anacortes Museum celebrated two big anniversaries on Thursday afternoon: It’s been 50 years since the museum opened in the Carnegie Library building, and 60 years since the Anacortes Museum of History Board was established. In recognition of these milestones, the museum courtyard was redesigned to make it inviting for folks who want to enjoy the garden and historic WCTU fountain. A new flagpole was funded by Anacortes Noon Kiwanis and the Anacortes Museum Foundation’s membership, and interpretive panels have been prepared to share the history of the Carnegie Library and the Anacortes Museum. A time capsule created by city residents will be sealed until 2068. Among those pictured here are Mayor Laurie Gere, museum Director Bret Lunsford, museum Education and Media Curator Kate Clark and student writers.
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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