January 11 - April 13, 2014
Going to the Chapel: Faith, Friction, & Fellowship on the Gig Harbor Peninsula
Another in-house created exhibit of the Harbor History Museum showcases the history of the early peninsula churches, the ceremonies and celebrations, youth and adult programs, and even the challenges within the communities between the different religious convictions. Visitors will also learn about Edna Hunt, wife of steamboat captain Arda Hunt, who was instrumental in the birth of three Peninsula churches. Artifacts, photographs, and video engulf you in the story of our religious history from the early 1900s to 1970s.
The exhibit was a labor of love for a dedicated group of community members and volunteers who met and worked on the exhibit for several months in collaboration with the museum. Going to the Chapel expresses how establishing and building Christian churches provided immigrants, who had come to the Gig Harbor Peninsula from throughout the U.S. and Europe, with opportunities to bond with each other and create a new community. Just as churches brought people together during the early development of the Gig harbor Peninsula, this exhibit continues to bring the community together to learn about and celebrate its multifaceted history.
Future Exhibitions:April 19 - July 20, 2014
Water's Extreme Journey
Become a Raindrop, Change Your World...Developed with world-renowned marine life artist Wyland, Water's Extreme Journey takes visitors on an exciting and important adventure quest for clean water. Visitors experience the watershed as a water drop, exploring first-hand the science behind the water cycle. But it's not all wet and wild - through powerful interactives and local messaging, visitors will realize that even their daily decisions can immediately improve the watershed in their own backyard.
Water's Extreme Journey transforms the visitor into a drop of water entering a watershed, an area of land where water drains and collects into a shared reservoir. As visitors will discover, a watershed can be right in their own neighborhood, or as big as the Rocky Mountain region! To explore the exhibition watershed, visitors voyage through rivers, lakes, wetlands, and even their homes, eventually reaching the healthy ocean. Sound easy? Water drops face many hurdles as they interact with humans. Does the farm they encounter use pesticides? Did someone get messy changing their oil, or flush prescription drugs down the toilet? Clean choices keep our drops healthy and moving toward a clean ocean. Dirty choices send our drops down the urban storm drain to the unhealthy ocean, where they evaporate, condensate, and precipitate for another try.