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  1. Calendar Overlay Anacortes History (2)

Anacortes History

  1. First Annual Puget Sound Indian Fair (1930)

    October 28, 2019, All Day

    Over three thousand gathered in and around Anacortes to celebrate native life and people. The weekend long celebration would be filled with dances, activities, the selling of Native crafts and foods, and banquets. The Navy sent hydroplanes over the Swinomish Slough and the local tribe leaders took canoes in to hear speeches by professors and historians. The big event of the weekend was the La Conner war canoe race, in which the Swinomish canoe, "Telegraph," was "defeated for the first time in a great many years," by rival canoe, "The Cyclone."

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  2. The "American Bulletin" Debuts (1950)

    October 30, 2019, All Day @ Anacortes American

    Journalists Wallie Funk and John Webber owned the Anacortes American from 1950-1964. They would publish their first issue together on June 1, 1950. Early on in their publishing career, the two fraternity brothers had a radical idea: a four-day-a-week tabloid known as, "The American Bulletin." Journalistic peers called the move "insane" and spoke of Anacortes as "the boneyard of Washington state journalism." Despite all this, the Bulletin would stay in constant publication until 1962 when the Anacortes American operation was bought by The Skagit Valley Herald.

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