Gig Harbor

Open house promotes push for national maritime area designation

An open house at the Harbor History Museum's new location on Monday will not only show off the museum's new facilities, but also to promote Gig Harbor's hopes of being named a National Maritime Heritage Area.

The public is invited to stop by the museum's new building at 4121 Harborview Drive between 4:30 and 5:30 Monday to learn about the benefits of the city being designated a National Maritime Heritage area, the impact on business and tourism and how this will improve Gig Harbor's national stature.

Dr. Allyson Brooks of the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation will also make a presentation and answer questions about the state's role in the process.

The open house will give the public a look at what is to come in the new Harbor History Museum, which has been closed while new buildings have been built and money has been raised for it to finish construction. The museum will fully reopen either late this year or in 2010.