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Welcome to Organ Territory!

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Recently we’ve started an exciting new project here at the Anacortes Museum. For years our antique 1866 Packard pump organ has sat soundless in our exhibit, its exquisite design fascinating those who visit, though barred from its true purpose by a small piece of paper stating “Please Do Not Touch.” Perhaps, we thought, it’s time to take Anacortes’ oldest pump organ out on a spin.

Thus was born Organ Territory. In collaboration with local musicians, we will be releasing monthly recordings along with interviews hosted by the Museum. These sessions will explore the history and community of Anacortes and how these homegrown artists have sprouted up from our fertile soil.

Our first recording is with indie rock/power pop/punk star John Van Deusen. The topics of our discussion included ranged from fatherhood to his love for city planning. His session will be released on February 21st. In early March our second episode will feature alternative/folk artist Pearl Tottenham. Both of these episodes feature these musicians playing unreleased music on our antique organ.

These episodes are only the beginning of this project, which we hope can celebrate and record Anacortes history, culture and art all at once.

2020 Speakers at the Anacortes Public Library

The Anacortes Museum will host a series of presentations in 2020 on the multicultural history of early Anacortes and the Pacific Northwest. The authors and presenters will explore diverse subjects, relating to both opportunities and barriers regionally, and focusing on particular immigrant communities in Washington State as well as the Coast Salish people who have been here since Time Immemorial.  

Croatian Fishing Families of Anacortes with Bret Lunsford 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – Anacortes Public Library - 7 p.mCroatian Fishing Families

Anacortes has been influenced by immigrants from many places; those from the Dalmatian Coast of what is now Croatia began arriving around the 1880s. This presentation will follow the patterns of Croatian immigration to Anacortes, navigate the fishing industry as it evolved, and visit the neighborhoods of historic Anacortes to learn about small-town life here in a bygone era. 

Japanese American Exclusion during WWII with Clarence Moriwaki

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – Anacortes Public Library - 7 p.m. 

In MarchExclusion Act of 1942, 227 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes on Bainbridge Island by the U.S. Army. Starting with this small community, a national strategy began, with more than 120,000 Japanese American men, women, and children forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II. Clarence Moriwaki shares the story of Bainbridge Island to provide a human, historical account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question, “Are there parallels to what’s happening in America now?” 

Chinese in the Early Northwest with Chuimei Ho & Bennet Bronson 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – Anacortes Public Library - 7 p.m.Chineseinearlyamerica2

The presenters have authored the books, “Three Chinese Temples,” and “Coming Home in Gold Brocade: Chinese in Early Northwest America,” putting Anacortes Chinese in a wider context. They also manage a research website ( to encourage collaboration in exploring the history of Chinese immigration in the Pacific Northwest, from the first known arrival in 1788. 

Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities presentation by Candace Wellman 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Anacortes Public Library - 7 p.m. 

InterwovenLives_2In this companion work to “Peace Weavers,” her previous book on Puget Sound’s crosscultural marriages, award-winning author Candace Wellman depicts the lives of four additional intermarried indigenous women who influenced mid-1800s settlement in the Bellingham Bay area. She describes each wife’s native culture, details ancestral history and traits for both spouses, and traces descendants’ destinies, highlighting the families’ contributions to new communities.

Anacortes Museum

Located in the historic Carnegie Library Building.


Tuesday through Saturday
10 AM- 4 PM 

1 PM- 4 PM

Anacortes Museum Carnegie in 2017

1305 8th Street, Anacortes WA 98221


Free Admission

W.T. Preston

Our National Landmark sternwheel steamboat. 

Open weekends April + May, Saturday 10:00-4:00, Sunday 11:00-4:00

Preston by Robert Geczi April 16, 2005

703 R Avenue, next to our Maritime Heritage Center

Tour Cost: $3-$5

Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center

Located on the waterfront of downtown Anacortes.

Open weekends April + May, Saturday 10:00-4:00, Sunday 11:00-4:00


Maritime Heritage Center

703 R Avenue, next to the Great Northern Depot and the W.T. Preston.


Free Admission  

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