A VIDEO about
First Night 2016

Saving Stories

A short film about the Jefferson County Historical Society

Information about the Lincoln School

Lincoln School Post Card

Jefferson Art & History Museum
Open daily
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open weekends only
January and February

Research Center
Open Tuesday - Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed for the holidays:
December 19-January 2

Rothschild House Museum
Open May-September

Commanding Officer's Quarters Museum
Open May-September
and for the Holidays
The Commanding Officer’s Quarters at Fort Worden State Park will be open to the public December 26-31
from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitors Center
Open daily
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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First Night Fireworks and Anchor RaisingThe people of Port Townsend will get a three-hour jumpstart on the new year when they usher in 2018 at 9:00 p.m. (midnight in New York) by raising an illuminated anchor created by sculptor Thaddeus Jurczynski amid an explosion of brilliant fireworks provided by local pyrotechnist Dr. David Chuljian. Bill Tennent, executive director of the Jefferson County Historical Society, organizers of First Night, said “Raising some up, like the anchor, seems more positive than lowering something down, like a ball, don’t you think?”

This year marks the 11th annual Port Townsend First Night, a New Year’s Eve community celebration focusing on arts and heritage underwritten by First Federal Savings and Loan, Olympic SmileCare, and the Olympic Peninsula Steam.

All activities take place in and around the Jefferson Museum of Art & History in Port Townsend’s historic 1892 City Hall between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on December 31. JCHS President, Jenny Westdal said, “First Night is for everyone. It has something for families, singles, and couples of all ages.”

There will be musical performances, a hands-on history hunt, film shorts presented by the Port Townsend Film Festival, children’s games conducted by the Port Townsend High School Interact Club, storytelling and theatrical presentations by the Key City Public Theatre, call dancing in the Pope Marine Building, a hands-on art project at the Jefferson Community School, and music at Elevated Ice Cream and at the Boiler Room.

Admission is by donation, suggested $5 per person or $10 per family, although no one is turned away. Proceeds benefit Historical Society programs.

For details CLICK HERE

Creative History Camp
For Kids Ages 8 - 13

Kids will have a blast this winter break at Creative History Camp; a chance to discover Port Townsend’s past through hands-on art, music, and theater projects.
Students delve into fascinating local lore, embark on expeditions to hidden haunts, and spend fun-filled hours cooperating on projects; from map making to costumes to cooking our own, locally-sourced historic meal.
Laughter, friendship, and creativity abound. This one-of-a-kind opportunity is a whirlwind adventure your child will never forget.

This fun-filled experience runs 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, December 27 – 29, during winter break. Camp is held at The Chameleon Theater on Castle Hill, and taught by Port Townsend’s own Phina Pipia and Jeremiah Morgan. Three-day rate: $125.

Space fills fast, please contact Phina at 360-774-2965, or email phinapipia@gmail.com to reserve your child’s slot.

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.

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
Port Townsend Library, 1220 Lawrence Street

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 Friday, June 30 and closes in January 2018.

Cabinet of Curiosities Post Card