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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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Hometown Teams

The Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibition examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. And, if we’re not playing sports, we’re watching them. We sit in the stands and root for the local high school team, or gather on the sidelines and cheer on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal.
Thanks to our never-ending appetite for competition and games, Americans now have a wider selection of sports to play and watch than ever before. Football, baseball, and basketball—America’s traditional hometown sports—share space on our calendars with soccer, hockey, tennis, running, wrestling, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, sailing, and many other sports. What has occurred in our hometowns is nothing less than a sports revolution.

Hometown Teams has been made possible at Skagit County Historical Museum by Humanities Washington. Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Continuing Exhibits

“Who Are We?” and “This Skagit Life”
Through September 15

Featured Exhibits

Hometown Skagit:
How Sports Shape OUR Community
July 26 through December 31
Hometown Skagit: How Sports Shape Our Community focuses on the accomplishments, spirit, and inspiration of sports figures and teams in the Skagit area. From pioneers in their sports to local sport celebrities to champion teams, Hometown Skagit explores how these people and teams help shape our community through their contributions to current and future generations. This exhibit will also examine how cheering on these people and teams also has an important role to play in shaping our community. Champion teams from schools around the county and prominent sports figures from various sports including baseball, basketball, football, rodeo, snowboarding and many others will be highlighted through the display of sports memorabilia such as trophies, equipment, programs, and photographs.
Opening reception Thursday, July 25th 6 to 8 PM. Please RSVP to 360-466-3365

Hometown Teams:
How Sports Shape America
September 28 – November 10
Our love of sports begins in our hometowns.  We play them on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street.  From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports.  Win or lose, we yearn to compete and play another day.  Hometown sports are more than just games – they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans.

Join us for a special tailgate party on opening day. 
RSVP to 360-466-3365

 “Henry Klein Homes: 

Light, Form and Materiality Through the Decades
November 22, 2019 - March 2020

Henry Klein, founder of Henry Klein Partnership, is probably best known for his designs of public buildings like the Mt Vernon library, the Swinomish Tribal Center, resident halls at WWU, and the Museum of Northwest Art.  But Henry also designed some of the most iconic homes in Skagit County.  This exhibit will celebrate those designs through the decades – and recognize the architects, contractors, and owners who worked on these projects with him. 


Every Sunday in July & August  1 to 3 PM
History Cruise
Departing from the dock at La Conner Channel Lodge
Join us as we partner with San Juan Cruises for an enjoyable afternoon cruising the Swinomish Channel and beyond. 
$39 adults, $19.50 youth 6 to 17, under 6 free
Purchase tickets at www.whales.com 
Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as you cruise. Snacks and alcoholic beverages available aboard Chinook.  No outside alcohol allowed.
North Route:  July 7 & 21 and August 4 & 18
South Route:  July 14 & 28 and August 11 & 25


Wednesday, September 25
5 to 7 pm at the Museum
Historical Society Annual Meeting and
Annual Appeal Kick-off
Come to the ‘top of the hill’ and celebrate the past year at the Museum.  Learn what’s next, and find out how you can be a part of ‘preserving Skagit History for all people, for all time’.


Saturday, November 2 
Celebrate like you are in the
Hall of Fame
Maple Hall, La Conner
Dig out that lettermen’s jacket.  Find your pompoms!  Where is that jersey?  Join us as we Dinner, no-host bar, raffle, silent and live auctions,
$50 per person or $350 for ‘Box Seats’ table of 8