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Celebrate with us the official re-opening of Skagit City School


“Washington Remembers World War II
The Skagit Home Front”
February 10 through June 25 - Exhibit extended through October 8.
Opening Reception February 9 from 6 to 8 PM

 La Conner – 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.

 Join us Thursday evening, February 9 at 6 PM for an opening reception.

The Skagit County Historical Museum is located at 501 S. 4th Street, at the top of the hill in La Conner. Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Families $10. For more information call 360.466.3365 or visit

Meet The Authors

La Conner The Skagit County Historical Museum is pleased to host the authors of ‘Fir Island and Conway’, a new publication in the Images of America series.  They will be at the Museum from noon to 2 PM on Saturday April 1st and Saturday April 8th signing their book!

 ‘The North Fork and the South Fork of the Skagit River were navigated by those searching for gold and land in the 1870s. Flooding became a deterrent for many, but those who stayed discovered an abundance of fertile soil and natural resources. Scandinavian immigrants, predominantly Norwegian, came to settle in the area, some with their families, and worked in logging and in farming. As the population grew, small towns and businesses were soon established. Skagit City and Fir were located on Fir Island; Conway and Milltown were located east of the island. In 1914, a bridge connected the island to the mainland, replacing the ferry at Mann’s Landing. After many floods, the removal of logjams, and the arrival of the Great Northern Railroad, Mount Vernon began to prosper upriver, and the little towns began to disappear. Today, Fir Island and Conway are destinations for tourists who come to see snow geese and trumpeter swans during migration. Farmers continue to work the soil, and many descendants of pioneers still remain.’

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society 30th Anniversary
General Membership Meeting
Sat, April 8, 1pm – 3pm
Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233, USA (map)
Description "SVGS 30th Anniversary and Speaker" Spokane area genealogist, and sought after speaker will be traveling across the mountains to bring SVGS a timely and informative program. Join us for a festive afternoon celebrating SVGS' 30 years of providing Skagit county with personal family history presented by Donna Potter Phillips.
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society 13th Genealogy Seminar O'CANADA!
"Children of a Common Mother"
April 21, 22, and 23, 2017

We are delighted to have Dave Obee and Mary Kathryn Kozy as our keynote speakers for this Spring seminar. Get your application in early as this seminar will fill up quickly. Canada is celebrating their 150th anniversary as a Confederation. Our 3-part heritage weekend features 1) an opening reception on Friday evening, 2) dynamic speakers seminar on all day Saturday and 3) a guided Historic Walking tour of Burlington, Washington on Sunday morning. Click this LINK for a Heritage Weekend brochure.

Then of course, the tulip fields await you.

The American Legion Memorial Post #91 present 'The Historic Military Museum

Featuring military artifacts from many wars dating back to the 1800s! Uniforms, medals, citations, war artifacts, and so much more!
Located: A.L. Memorial Post #91, 721 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington, WA 98233 360-755-1202;
The museum is open 10 to 2PM on Tuesday and Thursday
Hollywood and the Homefront
Preserving Your Photos
(Joe Nemo)
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