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Located in La Conner
"Come to the top of the hill for a spectacular view of Skagit County history"


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“Washington Remembers World War II”
“The Skagit Home Front”
February 10 through October 8
Featured exhibit on loan from the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office. “Washington Remembers World War II” is a collection of stories that take you around the globe to crucial battles on foreign soil, to German concentration camps and to the American home front where defense plant workers contributed to the war effort. The exhibit features large compelling photographs, personal stories and fascinating war facts. “The Skagit Home Front” presents the stories of Skagitonians who served, and those who stayed and kept care of the Home Front.

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Through August 20
For generations, Skagit students were called to class by the tolling of the school bell.  This special exhibit celebrates the small schools of Skagit County.

“It’s a Weighty Subject!”
August 31 - November 5
Features the Museum’s fascinating collection of paperweights

In the Valley of Mystic Light
October 28, 2017 through February 4, 2018
Opening Reception October 27  6 to 8 PM

The Skagit County Historical Museum is proud to announce its fall exhibit based off the book, “In the Valley of the Mystic”, by Rita Hupy and Claire Swedberg. The exhibition will bring the book to life featuring the work of local artists.  

"In the Valley of Mystic Light" was inspired by two questions: why do artists choose a specific small town to make their home, and how does such a migration impact the artists as well as their new neighbors and community?

 “Skagit Christmas”
November 24 – December 31

Our annual opportunity to decorate the North and South Wings – and bring out treasures from our collection!

Skagit Topics
All Skagit Topics are from 2 to 4 PM at the Museum

September 16
The Cigarette Diaries
Rebecca Pratt
Frank Pratt of Blanchard was a 2nd Lieutenant bombardier in the Army Air Corps when his plane was shot down over Poland on September 13, 1944.  Mr. Pratt kept journals of his life during his eight months as a POW in Germany. As a gift to her father, Ms Pratt transcribed his journals and published them privately in 2008.  Cave Art Press of Anacortes has now published a new edition of the diaries that includes history and context to the entries.  Join us as Rebecca shares stories from her father’s experiences – and the writing of “The Cigarette Diaries”.

November 11
River Art – Painting, Sculpting and Writing Off the Grid
A panel discussion with the latest generation of Skagit artists.


White Elegant Sale
Saturday – Sunday, August 5 & 6
At the Garden Club in La Conner.  Many treasures!  Please contact us if you have items to donate to this sale.  Saturday 10 - 6 and Sunday 10 - 4.          

4th Annual Historic Cemetery Tour
Mount Vernon Cemetery
October 15, 12 - 4 PM
Enjoy an historic tour of the Mount Vernon Cemetery – Actors will share the stories of some of the unique people for whom this is their final resting place. 

Opening reception
In the Valley of Mystic Light
October 26,  6 - 8 PM
Join us for an early viewing of this amazing exhibit.  Featuring the launch of the book “In the Valley of Mystic Light” with author Claire Swedberg signing books in the Museum Store.

Arts Alive!
November 3,4, & 5
La Conner’s 30th annual event celebrating regional artists.
Live demonstrations by Skagit artists.