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‘Our Town’ program at museum highlights cultural influences in Gig Harbor

A new program series at the Harbor History Museum, “Our Town,” celebrates the various cultures that influence Gig Harbor’s past and present.

Each month will celebrate a different culture whose influence is present in Gig Harbor.

October will recognize Native American influences, November will focus on Mexican culture and December will feature aspects from Sweden.

“Our Town” is separated into two different programs, one for adults and one for families.

The 2015 family programs are:

▪ October: Native American flute songs will be performed by Gary Stroutsos using intricately carved wooden flutes from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 17). After the performance, children will be invited to create a musical craft. The cost is $3 for museum members and $5 for non-members.

▪ November: Traditional paper crafts celebrating the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos will be taught from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 1. The event cost is free for museum members and $5 for non-members.

▪ December: Celebrate St. Lucia Day festival and Swedish cultural influence at the second annual “Light up the Night” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Finholm district. Lucia and her procession will serenade the festival by candlelight, followed by holiday crafts, Scandinavian treats and games. The cost is $3 for museum members and $5 for non-members.

The 2015 adult programs are:

▪ October: Workshops featuring artist DeAnn Jacobson will demonstrate weaving techniques used by Puget Sound Native Americans. Attendees are invited to learn these techniques and create their own woven creation. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 and again Oct. 31. The cost for museum members is $35 and for non-members is $50.

▪ November: Artist Ernesto Ybarra will discuss the influence of both Mexican and Pacific Northwest cultures in his artwork from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 21. This event is free.

▪ December: A living history presentation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 demonstrating the life of a Swedish immigrant family in late 1800s Artondale. Stories from educator Marlene Bosanko will highlight the Sandin family and the early community in the area. This event is free for museum members and $7 for non-members, including admission to the museum.

For more information about the programs or to make a reservation, contact Elizabeth Langford at (253) 858-6722 ext.222 or