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: Katie Bunge
Facilities Manager: Warren Gravley
Custodian: Linda Reynolds-Gravley
Office Manager: Ann Maroney
Visitor Services Assistant: Beth Ensley
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
SKAGIT COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM MISSION
Skagit County Historical Museum actively engages the public
in the understanding and enjoyment of Skagit County's unique
cultural history. In pursuit of our mission, we:
and preserve objects and information documenting our diverse
history for purposes of public education and institutional
our history through effective educational exhibits, programs,
publications, and services.
the history of all Skagit County people and communities.
community involvement and collaboration for achieving the
greatest public benefit.
the broadest possible audience.
resources for maintaining high-quality services and manage
resources in accordance with sound business practices.
support from diverse communities in the form of memberships,
funding, in-kind contributions, collection donations, attendance, volunteers,
facilities and information access necessary for effective
and efficient service.
professionally accepted museum practices.
the public in a respectful, fair, and efficient manner.
a collaborative working environment based upon mutual respect,
trust, and fairness.
Society Board of Trustees
President: Sara Patton
Vice President: Dan Royal
Treasurer: Muriel Neely
Secretary: Merlene Buller
Members by Region
John Kamb, Jr
Kim Rubenstein, 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.
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.
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
"A great little store where everything is so affordable!"
Gifts & Toys
Unique Greeting Cards
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!
the Historical Book Order Form here.
Hours and Admission Rates
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday Special Winter Hours - 11 am to 4 pm
Museum Members: Free
Children 6-12: $4
Children 5 & under: Free
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.
Skagit County Historical Museum
501 4th Street / P.O. Box 818,
La Conner, WA 98257-0818