Authors’ books will be available in the Museum Gift Shop and at the lectures. JCHS members receive a 10% discount on books purchases and all museum gift shop merchandise.

First Friday Lectures 2017

Unless noted our Friday Lectures Start at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the historic Port Townsend City Council Chambers, 540 Water Street, 360-385-1003. Suggested donation: $5.00.

April: Stephen Yates Art Talk

Stephen Yates at work

Long time local, Stephen Yates's work is widely collected. He has shown in 26 solo exhibits and over 130 group exhibits. After completing his MFA (University of Kansas) in 1980, he moved to Port Townsend where he has actively pursued his art career. Certain themes reoccur in his imagery; abstracted views of the natural world, especially water and plant forms, are found in most pieces. Gestural brushwork and many small brushstrokes are combined with fluid, uncontrolled passages and bold colors to suggest energy and movement.

February: Protection Island

Protection Island

How does Protection Island differ today from when Europeans first explored it? Wildlife biologist Sollmann Lorenz will discuss that question at the First Friday Lecture on February 3.

Lorenz is particularly excited about overseeing the prairie restoration at Dungeness and Protection Island. Lorenz said, “What did the eyes see back in 1792? What can be seen today? Come on a journey and discover the past, present, and future vision for Protection Island. We’ll look at the island as a whole considering the wildlife and the habitat that makes this island such a wonderful jewel in the Salish Sea.”

March: The Truth and I

Paula BeckerHumanities Washington speaker Paula Becker will present “The Truth and I: Reading Betty MacDonald in the Age of Memoir” at the First Friday Lecture on March 3.

Paula Becker is the award-winning author of Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I and co-author of The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy. She is featured in the documentary film When Seattle Invented the Future: The 1962 World’s Fair which aired on PBS stations nationwide. She has written for since 2001 and is a staff historian.