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Harbor History Museum

4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA

Phone:
1-(253)-858-6722

Website:
www.harborhistorymuseum.org

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The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us about History, Culture, Love, and Memory

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Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Humanities in the Harbor will continue in October with a fun presentation courtesy of Harriet Baskas. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. This talk is not about the old leftovers in the fridge. It is about food that is so old, so unusual, or so meaningful, that no one dares throw it away. Discover the foods archeologists have found buried with mummies, the petrified banana so appealing it sparked a Banana Museum, the 350-year-old fruitcake handed down through generations, 2000-year-old bog butter; and the pickle that has been in a jar since the 1860s. During this “chew and chat,” author and broadcaster Harriet Baskas explores how and why these and other formerly fresh foods may have been forgotten, intentionally tucked away, or preserved due to unusual or peculiar circumstances. And, more importantly, we’ll talk about how these and other vintage vittles can and do hold memories, tell stories, and connect us with family, culture, and history. Harriet Baskas has a Masters in Communications from the University of Washington, and has served as the general manager for three community radio stations in Oregon and Washington. She is the author of seven books, including Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You, and has created award-winning radio programs on topics as varied as cowgirls, unusual museums, aging boomers, and the Seattle World’s Fair for National Public Radio and regional public radio stations. Seattle based, she currently writes about airports, air travel, museums, and other topics for NBC News, CNBC, USA Today, and other outlets. Admission is free thanks to Humanities Washington!

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

What Our Teachers Never Told Us about the American Revolution

Talks/Lectures

Brought to you by Humanities Washington, Humanities in the Harbor will continue in November as we welcome Don Glickstein to the Harbor History Museum. Humanities Washington sparks conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities across our state. Discover the American Revolution you never learned about in school. Why did Native Americans and African Americans support the British? How did a Muslim general come to fight the British with a French ally named Admiral “Satan”? Why did the fighting spread around the world, from Hudson Bay to South America, India to Africa, Arkansas to Gibraltar? Author Don Glickstein explores rarely heard perspectives on the war in his illustrated talk, and links aspects of the war to our home state of Washington. Hear stories from the war, discover the reasons the Revolution matters to us today, and learn why the study of history can help us understand the 21st century’s war on terrorism. Born in upstate New York, Don Glickstein was raised with the American Revolution around him. He visited places like the Saratoga battlefield and Fort Johnson, watched “Johnny Tremain” on television, read James Fenimore Cooper, and spent summers in Boston surrounded by history. He attended the University of Massachusetts and spent a decade as a journalist in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, and finally at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and won awards for consumer and investigative reporting. He was campaign press secretary for Governor Booth Gardner, then communications manager for Group Health. He has written history articles for many online and print publications. His first book, After Yorktown, describes how fighting during Revolution spread worldwide, from India to South America. Admission is free thanks to Humanities Washington!

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM