Welcome to Sequim Museum & Arts
Open from 11-3 pm Wednesday through Saturday &During the 1st Friday Art Walk from 5-8pmPlease come in and visit our ongoing displays
March Art Display by Local Artist Skip Kratzer
Paintings are for Sale
Attention Barn Owners
Grant Workshop for Heritage Barns and Historic Cemeteries
Free workshop on Tuesday, March 27th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the North Olympic Library
Port Angeles – Funding for two state grant programs is available for owners of historic barns and for those with stewardship responsibilities over historic cemeteries in Clallam or Jefferson County. The Heritage Barn Initiative established the Heritage Barn Register, a statewide list of historically significant barns. Owners of designated Heritage Barns are eligible to apply for matching grants available to assist with barn stabilization and rehabilitation projects. The newly established Cemetery Preservation Program is intended to support outstanding examples of historic cemeteries through capital grants aimed at preservation. Both initiatives are programs of the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation.
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Clallam County Heritage Advisory Board, the Sequim Museum and Art Center, the Clallam County Historical Society, Joyce Depot Museum and Friends of Hoko River State Park, will be hosting a free workshop on Tuesday, March 27th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the North Olympic Library for advocates wishing to learn more about both the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative and Cemetery Preservation Program. Chris Moore, Executive Director with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the process for completing program documents. Approximately $450,000 is available in matching grants to support rehabilitation of barns and cemetery preservation, respectively. The deadline to submit applications requesting barn rehabilitation grant funds will be early May, 2018; the deadline for cemetery grants is to be determined. Come join us to learn more about this wonderful opportunity and the application process.
The North Olympic Library is located at 2210 S Peabody Street in Port Angeles, WA. For more information about the workshop or the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative call Chris Moore at 206-624-9449 or visit www.preservewa.org. Additional information about the Heritage Barn Program can be found at http://www.dahp.wa.gov/heritage-barn-register.
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Sequim Prairie Nites Car show & Shine Registration
2017 Sequim Prairie Nights Show and Shine Participant;
We hope you had a great time at the Inaugural 2017 Sequim Prairie Nights event. Registration for this year is now open. For your convenience the 2018 registration form is attached. Information as it becomes available is located at www.SequimPrairieNights.org website. This year the show and follow on cruise will be held on Saturday August 18, 2018 or 8-18-18 from 9am to 3pm. Parking will begin at 7:30 am and directions to the parking area are available on the Sequim Prairie Nights website and by the various signs and volunteers onsite the day of the show.
Hope to see you there again and if you didn't happen to participate in last years cruise consider joining us this year for a reverse route of last years cruise still being worked out by the cruise committee. Goodie bags and a Sequim Prairie Nights hat will be given to the first 200 registered participants only, so sign up early and come join the fun.
Local History Books Available
by Lonnie Archibald
by Katherine Vollenweider
A mammoth find in Sequim
Photo: Burke Museum
The partial skull of a Columbian mammoth was found near Sequim earlier this month and is now undergoing conservation at the Burke Museum. Pictured are the upper teeth.
A partial skull of what’s likely a Columbian mammoth was found along an eroded bluff near Sequim, Washington, earlier this month! Local residents spotted the teeth of the mammoth skull while walking on state Department of Natural Resources land and contacted officials who put them in touch with Burke paleontologists.
Christian Sidor, Burke Museum curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Bruce Crowley, Burke fossil lab manager, went to investigate and help collect the specimen. They found that the largest portion of the fossil—the upper jaw containing two massive teeth—had already come completely out of the bluff where it had resided for thousands of years. However, there were smaller pieces of the fossil still embedded at the base of the bluff.
“The fossil is preserved in rocks that represent a gravelly river bed,” Christian said. “The animal must have died close to the river, been swept in (or scavenged), and then its skull was eventually buried.” The cobble-like layer of rock and sand surrounding the fossil indicates that it is likely 50,000-100,000 years old.
Columbian mammoths (mammuthus columbi) once roamed from Alaska to Mexico and are the most common species of mammoth fossil found in this part of Washington state—so common, in fact, that the Columbian mammoth is the Washington state fossil. Several other mammoth fossils have been found in the Olympic Peninsula region in recent years are available for study in the Burke’s paleontology collection (you can view the fossils in our online paleontology collections database).
Now that the fossil is at the Burke, the conservation process has begun! Conservation starts with carefully removing any remaining rock and sediment from the fossil—a fairly simple task given how soft the surrounding land was. However, the step of putting the pieces together likely won’t be as simple.
Photo: Burke Museum
The back of the skull in the Burke’s fossil prep lab.
While the specimen is at the Burke, Christian hopes to learn more about it. “Analysis of the teeth would allow us to estimate the age of the individual, but based on its size it appears to be an adult,” he said about the find, noting that “each one provides an important piece of data on our region’s natural history.”
“Vertebrate fossils are important objects that shouldn’t be viewed as trophies,” he stressed. “Bringing the fossil to the attention of the Burke Museum assures that the scientific community can access the data contained within the specimen and that is available to the people of Washington in perpetuity.”
What’s next for the Sequim mammoth fossil? "Once it is stabilized, documented, and preliminarily studied, the Sequim Museum is interested in displaying the specimen,” Christian said. “My goal is to work with the local museum to get the fossil on display soon.”
ROSS HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHY
Ross Hamilton is a 45 year veteran explorer of the Olympic Peninsula and a 50 year student of his art. His long standing pursuit of excellence and accuracy has earned him the respect of those who treasure the beauty of the Olympics. His straightforward style celebrates the beauty of his subjects with little embellishment. For him, the original cannot be improved upon. Though his passions run deep, he lays little claim to artistic achievement, thinking himself to be a 'copy boy' for the Creator's art. Come in and view his new canvasses & 2016 Calendar for sale !
THE BOYS in THE BOAT
Drop in and see our newest and permanent exhibit "Boys in the Boat". The story of the 1936 Olympic Games “Gold Medal Winner” Joe Rantz from Sequim.