Museum to close Sept. 30 -- News Roundup

The Bainbridge Island Historical Museum will close Sept. 30 for some six months to move to its new downtown location next to Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Both the 1908 schoolhouse and annex office building will be physically relocated to 215 Ericksen Avenue. Construction is slated to start at the site before the end of September, and a temporary office space will be set up nearby.

“The museum could move as soon as the end of October, possibly on Halloween,” said museum curator Erica Varga. “Hopefully the ghosts from Bainbridge’s past will come out as it comes out down the road.”

During the move, the McCracken Reference Library will be closed to researchers, and exhibits and collections will be inaccessible. The museum will not be accepting donations to its collections during the closure, but can be contacted to arrange a future gift.

Still available during the closure are the museum’s recent publications, including “Picture Bainbridge: A Pictorial History of Bainbridge Island” and “After Silence,” the Japanese American internment video featuring Dr. Frank Kitamoto; call 842-2773 for details. However, the museum will be taking orders only for photographs featured in “Picture Bainbridge.”

Other museum programs, like the Bainbridge History Series, will continue, Varga said.

These lectures continue Sunday, when Catherine Townsend, senior regional geologist for the Burke Museum, presents a slide show of the geologic history of Washington, at 2 p.m. at Island Center Hall.

“All of our history programs have been well attended,” Varga said, “and we’ll continue to have them, as well as historical walks, tours, and off-site exhibits at city hall.”

“We are still fighting for historic preservation on the island, and still educating the public – even though we aren’t operating out of a permanent space,” she said.

Information: 842-2773.


***Hall property opens to public

The city invites islanders to celebrate the public opening of the former Hall family property, 1-2 p.m. Sept. 27.

The 12-acre beachfront parcel in the Wing Point neighborhood was acquired with funds from the open space bond levy.

Now open for hiking, the property can be accessed at Wing Point Way/Azalea Avenue. Parking is limited, so biking, walking or carpooling is encouraged.

Information: ela.esterberg@


***Guterson will unveil novel

The author of “Snow Falling on Cedars” will present the debut reading of his latest novel, “Our Lady of the Forest,” in a benefit for Field’s End.

Bainbridge Island author David Guterson reads from “Lady of the Forest,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Bainbridge High School auditorium. A question-and-answer session and book-signing will follow.

Sponsored by Eagle Harbor Book Company, the event benefits the island-based writers’ community that Guterson co-founded last year through the Bainbridge Library.

“Our Lady of the Forest” is described as “a suspenseful and emotionally charged story of a teenage girl who claims to see the Virgin Mary.”

A Publisher’s Weekly review said, “this ambitious and satisfying work builds vivid characters and trenchant storytelling into a serious and compassionate look at the moral quandaries of modern life.”

The nationwide release for “Our Lady of the Forest” is Sept. 30.

Guterson is the author of a short story collection, “The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind”; the non-fiction “Why Home Schooling Makes Sense”; and the novels “East of the Mountains” and “Snow Falling on Cedars,” winner of a PEN/Faulkner Award and Book of the Year awards from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Association.

Tickets for the Oct. 7 reading are available at Eagle Harbor Books for a suggested donation of $5. Information: 842-5332 or


***Skinner to be feted by city

Longtime city building official Larry Skinner will be honored at a get-together at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 in the council chambers.

Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Information: 842-2552.

Skinner resigned his planning department post last month.


***Donor pledges $10K to PMSC

An anonymous Bainbridge Island donor has given $10,000 to the Poulsbo Marine Science Center, and is challenging others to support the center and its educational programs.

The PMSC announced Thursday that, in addition to the large outright gift, the unnamed islander pledged a 100 percent match for any cash donations to the center received before Jan. 1, 2004.

“We are truly grateful,” Michelle Benedict, executive director of the Marine Science Society of the Pacific NW, which operates all its programs through the center, said in a news release.

“This has the potential of solving many of our financial problems, at least for the near future.”

The Bainbridge donor stated in his letter: “Our oceans, including the waters right around us here in Kitsap County, are in trouble. Only through education can local residents become better stewards of their surroundings. I hope this gift and the matching funds will bolster the center’s success in enlightening the public.”

New center exhibits are going up, summer camps and other youth programs are full, and new adult programs have been created.

The society is about to reprint its award-winning “Puget Soundbook,” a primer for regional residents to become better caretakers of local waters.

But Benedict said the donation is well timed, with the state of the economy dampening contributions to non-profits like the center.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the center, which will be automatically matched, can call (360) 779-5549 or email

Donors will be recognized with a special plaque.

For more information about the Poulsbo Marine Science Center, see

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