Information about the Lincoln School

Lincoln School Post Card

A VIDEO about
First Night 2016

Saving Stories

A short film about the Jefferson County Historical Society

Jefferson Art & History Museum
Open daily
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Research Center
Open Tuesday - Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rothschild House Museum
Open May-September

Commanding Officer's Quarters Museum
Open May-September
Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitors Center
Open daily
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Northwind Arts Center
& Jefferson County Historical Society

Art in the Library
Jim Alden Retrospective

Clam Cannery in the Snow

October 27, 2017 - February 20, 2018
Opening Reception October 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence Street

Wearable Art
Brings Color to Jefferson Museum

Wearable Art Exhibit

The increasingly dark days of autumn will be brightened by the Wearable Art Exhibit at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History. The exhibit opened October 6, featuring pieces from Wearable Art Shows from 2011 to the present.

The Wearable Art Show was started by Debbi Steele, founder and past chairperson of the Jefferson County Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, as a fundraiser for that organization. Steele lived in Ketchikan, Alaska before moving to Port Townsend, where there is a very successful Wearable Art Show.

Sculptor Margie McDonald has been part of the Wearable Art Show since the very first show as an artist and as artistic director for the last two.

Drawings for Wearable Art PieceWhen the wearable art pieces move from the runway to the museum they’ll transition from costumes on living models to works that will no longer have motion - but there are compensations. “You get to look up close and see the quality and the things that are used. Things are well made in this show,” said McDonald. Visitors will also see sketches and swatches that are submitted for entry into this juried show.

“There’s a lot of thought put into these pieces. I think showing some of the process and skills involved in creating a piece is really important,” said exhibit designer Becky Schurmann for the Jefferson County Historical Society. Wearable Art Dress





One of the challenges in staging the exhibit was making forms that would show all the features of each piece. There were wings to be extended, very heavy costumes to be supported, and elaborate head pieces to be displayed. Schurmann created 20 manikins to support this sampling of work from the past seven wearable art shows.

Wooden Boat Festival. George Leionen photo.

First Friday Lecture:
Wooden Boat Festival Beginnings

Sailmaker Carol Hasse, owner of Hasse & Company Port Townsend Sails and one of the founders of the Wooden Boat Festival, will talk about the festival’s history and growth with a panel of other speakers at the First Friday Lecture on November 3.  Joining her will be current Wooden Boat Foundation Festival and Events director, Barb Trailer, and former director of the Wooden Boat Foundation, Kaci Cronkhite.  The panel will include other participants who took part in the development of the festival.  Audience participation and story sharing is encouraged.

The first Wooden Boat Festival was held in 1977.  At that time Point Hudson, where the festival is located, was sleeper, funkier, and populated by idealistic young boat makers and craftsmen.  Point Hudson had been discovered just a few years earlier by boat-dwelling members of the counter culture who, rather than going back to the land like many of their generation, went to sea for the freedom and connection to nature.  Some learned skills to build and repair their boats and set up shops in reasonably-priced Point Hudson's historic structures. 

Hasse, who had learned sail making from traditional master Franz Schattauer, was working for Ron Harrow in his sail loft on the second floor of the old Armory Building (she would buy the business the following year).  Sam Connor had a boat building shop on the ground floor.  When Connor heard rumors that Wooden Boat magazine writer, Tim Snider, was scouting west coast locations for a new type of boat show that focused on learning wooden boat crafts, he contacted Snider and encouraged him to consider Port Townsend. 

Port Townsend and Point Hudson were perfect for the new festival. The first, in September of 1977, was a roaring success.  Eight hundred visitors were optimistically expected; instead, 3,000 wooden boat fans and 200 boats showed up.  Every year attendance grows; now over 30,000 people and 300 boats participate.  Even with the larger crowds, Hasse feels that each festival is as magical and inspiring as the very first one.

Some legendary stories, as well as almost forgotten memories, will be shared at the November 3 First Friday Lecture.  The lecture will start at 7:00 in the historic City Council Chambers at 540 Water Street in Port Townsend. 

Cabinet of Curiosities

Mastodon bones, bustle parts, a still, extremely disconcerting medical implements, birds frozen in time, and the stories behind them... It's weird and it's wonderful. "Cabinet of Curiosities" opened on Friday, June 30.

Cabinet of Curiosities Post Card