Historical Museum

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


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Opening Reception for “Washington Remembers World War II”

February 9 6 to 8 PM

“Washington Remembers World War II”
“The Skagit Home Front”
February 10 through June 25
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.

Voces del Valle
February 9 through May 7
“Voces del Valle” has been a unique exhibit for the Museum. We continue with a special exhibit in our North Wing Gallery, as these stories become part of our permanent exhibit.

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La Conner Writing Group – Skagit Home Front
February 25 2 to 4 PM
Are you in love with the written word? Interested in supporting local artists and writers in your community? Maybe you’re interested in hearing tales of the past from the pens of those who experienced it. Join the La Conner Senior Center Writers Group as they share personal stories from World War II and beyond.

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Hollywood and the Homefront:
Tinsel Town’s Contribution to World War II with John Jensen

March 5 3 PM
La Conner Garden Club
This ‘Humanities Washington’ speaker’s bureau presentation sponsored by the La Conner Library Foundation. Join us for this free event at the La Conner Garden Club 622 S 2nd St. Experience the still-powerful images, radio, and film that emerged from this dramatic time in American history. Audio historian and former broadcaster John Jensen shares rarely known stories and anecdotes from Hollywood’s war effort, and shows examples of wartime propaganda through various media that was used to educate, inform, and sway American public opinion.

“Stage Door Canteen” Dinner Dance
March 11 6 to 9:30 PM
Maple Hall, 104 Commercial St, La Conner
Clear your dance card for the evening of March 11 and join us for dinner, live music, dancing – and a whole lot of fun! The party will begin at 6 PM at Maple Hall. Catered dinner, and then the amazing music of Dina Blade and ‘Swingin’ in the Rain’. Prizes for the best costumes! Tickets are $50 for Historical Society Members, $75 general admission. Tickets will go on sale Feburary 11. Get your quick, because this is going to be a sell-out!

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Blast Open the Pass: Tales of the North Cascades
Randy Rankin

April 29 2 to 4 PM
April heralds the annual opening of the North Cascades Highway, or Highway 20 – and there is no better time to celebrate the history and culture of Eastern Skagit County and the North Cascades. Come to the Museum to hear stories of the North Cascades Mountains and the people who live there, from local resident Randy Rankin’s. He will share his first-hand experiences logging and working in what is now North Cascades National Park.

For Whom the Bell Tolls
May 11 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.

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School’s Out: Remembering The Schoolhouse Experience

May 20 2 to 4 PM
Did you walk a mile uphill both ways in the snow to reach your classroom? Sometimes we do tend to tell tall tales, and sometimes they’re completely true. Join the Museum in sharing accounts of historic schoolhouse days from local residents. Make sure to explore our exhibit, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and learn about our work in restoring the historic Skagit City School.

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Remembering World War II with Carl Molesworth

June 17 2 to 4 PM
Have you ever thought about writing a book? When you put your mind to it, the sky is the limit - or at least it was for this Skagit resident. Join the Museum in welcoming local author, Carl Molesworth, as he shares with us his own experience writing 14 books on his specialty of World War II aircraft.