The new exhibit at the Harbor History Museum really hits home for me. Maybe it’s because I was running around on the streets of Gig Harbor during the 1980s as a teenager. Or maybe it’s simply because I’m a proud product of the ’80s (seems like yesterday, doesn’t it?). Either way, the exhibit is well worth a visit.
The exhibit is called “1987: A Day in the Life of Gig Harbor,” and though the photography exhibit alone is a must-see and provides a charming look at the beloved ’80s, the neat thing is the larger picture and community event it ties into.
A short time ago, time capsules were placed in the Gig Harbor lighthouse on the sand spit, at the head of Gig Harbor Bay, as it was being constructed. I’m sure you’re familiar with the lighthouse and its welcoming presence to all who enter by water.
Fast forward 25 years — on April 26, 2014, the time capsules will be delivered to their rightful owners and opened. It will mark the 25th anniversary of when the capsules were first placed in the lighthouse to celebrate Gig Harbor’s history.
In preparation for next April, the museum has created the special exhibit. It showcases a variety of photographs taken in 1987, at the time a fundraiser for the construction of this lighthouse.
The images will show a Gig Harbor that has changed — but also what hasn’t changed.
The Gig Harbor Lighthouse Committee was formed in the mid-80s is a non-profit community organization whose mission was to design and build a working lighthouse at the entrance to Gig Harbor. A fun clip of 1988 television footage of the lighthouse installation can be found on YouTube, www.youtube.com/embed/b28A2VBZ054?rel=0).
The original members of the committee have reformed to organize the 25th anniversary celebration and time capsule re-distribution, and to open up the lighthouse and deliver the capsules back to their owners.
Also, new 2014-2039 “Next Generation” time capsules are being offered for purchase, and the proceeds will go to support the Gig Harbor Eddon Boatyard and the Harbor History Museum. There are four different capsules available, ranging from $100 to $1,000.
Now this is something I wish I’d done in 1987. And here is my chance!
The ordering deadline is in April, so we have plenty of time, but space is limited.
Join in on the celebration by preserving your family, business or club’s memories in the next-generation time capsules. More information can be found at www.gtcf.org.
In companion to the exhibit will be a special event Dec. 19-22. It will be a digital photography contest open to anyone, amateur or professional.
Stay tuned for more details at www.gtcf.org on how and where you can upload your photos that will be judged as best representing the Gig Harbor area.
The event next spring will be held April 26 at Skansie Brothers Park. It will be a way to celebrate our history and to look toward what the future has to offer.
The photography exhibit will run through Jan. 4 at the Harbor History Museum, 4121 Harborview Drive. Hours and admission prices can be found at www.harborhistorymuseum.org.
I encourage you to visit and explore the exhibit and all that the museum has to offer.Gig Harbor Guide columnist Karen Scott is the marketing director for the City of Gig Harbor. She can be reached by email at scottk@ cityofgigharbor.net.