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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
Curator: Karen Summers
Archivist: Mari Densmore
Education & Outreach Coordinator:
Facilities Manager: Warren Gravley
Custodian: Linda Reynolds-Gravley
Office Manager: Ann Maroney

email: Museum@co.skagit.wa.us

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SKAGIT COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM VISION
The Skagit County Historical Museum will serve as the preeminent source for the understanding and enjoyment of Skagit County's unique cultural history. In doing so, the Museum will foster community identity, understanding, and pride; offer a sense of belonging; and act as a forum for bringing individuals and communities together. The Museum will enjoy strong and diverse community support by representing the history of all Skagit County people and communities; responding to the changing needs of broad audiences; and exemplifying high ethical standards.

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.

  • This Society shall discover and collect material which may establish or illustrate the history of Skagit County.
  • This Society shall ensure the preservation of such material and assist with the preservation of historic buildings, structures, sites, districts, roads and trails as appropriate.
  • This Society shall seek to disseminate historical information and promote interest in the past by publishing historical material, presenting public programs and exhibitions and marking historic buildings, structures, sites, districts, roads and trails as appropriate.




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Historical Society Board of Trustees

President: Sara Patton
Vice President: Dan Royal
Treasurer: Dave Thomas
Secretary: Merlene Buller

Members by Region

Anacortes:
Charles Eckardt
Mary Kirkwood

Burlington/Edison:
Chris Loving
Dave Thomas

La Conner:
Don Elliott
Rosie Hulbert

Mount Vernon:
John Kamb, Jr
Muriel Neely

Sedro-Woolley/Upriver:
Deanna Ammons
Merlene Buller

At Large:
Sara Patton
Jeanne Youngquist 
Karen Talbert
Dan Royal
Carl Molesworth


Honorary Trustees:
Dan Royal, President - Skagit County Pioneer Association
Ken Dahlstedt - Skagit County Commissioner Dist 2

 


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: Tuesday - Sunday  Hours - 11 am to 5 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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