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Historical Museum

Located in La Conner

"Come to the top of the hill for a spectacular view of Skagit County history"



General Information about the Skagit Historical Museum

EXPLORE Skagit County’s rich and rugged heritage by touring the SKAGIT LEGACY exhibit filled with scenes of early Skagit life from the mountains to the sea. From parlors to plows, Native American baskets to Shirley Temple dolls, the Museum galleries are overflowing with interesting and often unusual treasures of Skagit County’s vibrant past. EXPERIENCE the uniqueness of life in Skagit County through adult education programs like "Skagit Topics."

This program features LOCAL HISTORIANS and guest speakers. Check the 'Calendar of Events' to see what is scheduled. School children LEARN about their local COMMUNITY and local HISTORY through the Historical Museum's Blast to the Past Program, which offers interesting tours, a Time Traveler's Guide and TimeTraveler Trunks filled with artifacts and activities for the classroom.


Skagit County Historical Museum Staff


Director: Jo Wolfe
Office Manager: Ann Maroney
Archivist: Mari Densmore
Collection Manager:  Laynie Moran
Custodian: Linda Reynolds-Gravley
Visitor Services Assistant:  Janice Gage



email: Museum@co.skagit.wa.us

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SKAGIT COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM VISION

The Skagit County Historical Museum serves as the leading source for the understanding and enjoyment of Skagit County’s unique cultural history.  The Museum enjoys strong and diverse community support, and it maintains high standards for ethics and accuracy.

SKAGIT COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM MISSION

The Skagit County Historical Society shall preserve and present the County’s unique cultural heritage for the enjoyment and education of all.


LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Skagit County Historical Museum is located on the ancestral lands of the Swinomish people. We preserve and present the history of all of Skagit County. For thousands of years, Coast Salish tribes – Swinomish, Samish, Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suattle, Lower Skagit, and more - have stewarded these lands, waterways, plants, and animals. We pay respect to the elders past, present, and emerging for they hold the memories, traditions, and culture of their people across the nation. Skagit County Historical Museum is committed to educating the community about this long history as we honor and acknowledge the continued presence of all Indigenous peoples.



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Historical Society Board of Trustees

Would you be interested in serving on our Board of Trustees?  First step is to complete the Statement of Interest and return it to the Museum. We keep a list of potential Board Members that we review when terms are ending.  Thank you in advance for your interest in being a part of preserving Skagit History.

President: Patricia Paul
Vice President: Dave Thomas
Treasurer: Dave Thomas
Secretary: Jenifer Bright
Members by Region

Anacortes: Mary Kirkwood.  
Burlington/Edison: Steve Sakuma. Dave Thomas
La Conner: Gail Bruce, Patricia Paul
Mount Vernon: Anita Roozen,
Sedro-Woolley/Upriver: Deanna Ammons, David Granstrom

At Large:
Fay Shane, Jenifer Bright, Dan Berentson 


Directions to the museum:
The Museum is easy to find. After entering La Conner on Morris Street, turn left on S. 2nd Street, go two blocks to the Methodist church. Turn left onto Benton Street. Continue for two blocks to S. 4th Street. Turn left and go one block to the Museum. There is plenty of free parking.

 

 

 





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Research Inquiries
Our library resources are for use on the premises, and research assistance is provided by appointment. Copies of historic photographs are available for a fee.

Collections
The Museum documents, preserves, and interprets over 200,000 County-related artifacts. Extensive collections of dolls, household items, quilts, clothing, Native American pieces, tools, and farm equipment are exhibited on a rotating basis to provide a variety of views into our county's past. Reference questions regarding collections are answered by appointment. The Museum also offers assistance to patrons who want to know how to store and care for their personal heirlooms and photographs. The Museum's goal is to "Preserve Skagit history for all people, for all time."

Temporary Custody Agreement
Gifts of historic materials and artwork play an important role in helping the Museum expand its permanent collection. Objects offered for acquisition must be reviewed and approved by the Museum’s Collections Committee, which is charged with accepting only those items of Skagit County historic significance in sup-port of the Museum’s mission.

Museum Store
"A great little store where everything is so affordable!"

Distinctive Gifts & Toys
Historical Books
Unique Greeting Cards
Elegant Accessories

The Museum Store offers an assortment of history-oriented merchandise. Books on local and regional history, including an in-depth series of Skagit County Historical Society publications, old-time toys and Native American crafts provide distinctive and reasonably priced gift ideas. Society Members receive 10% discount!

Download the Historical Book Order Form here.


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Hours and Admission Rates

Hours: Thursday – Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Museum Members: Free
Adults: $5
Seniors: $4
Children 6-12: $4
Families: $10 (two adults & two children)
Children 5 & under: Free


Volunteers Needed!
Do you like to meet and greet visitors to the area? Teach children about our history? Clean, research or catalog artifacts from long ago? If so, we could have an interesting volunteer job for you – or someone you know! Volunteers are needed for tending the front desk, giving school tours, and doing catalog work at the Skagit County Historical Museum at the top of the hill in LaConner. Volunteers can work from one day per week to one day per month. Interested?
Call 360-466-3365 for more information.


Contact:
Skagit County Historical Museum
501 4th Street / P.O. Box 818,
La Conner, WA 98257-0818

(360) 466-3365

email: Museum@co.skagit.wa.us

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