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It’s amazing to think that it’s been over two years since I stepped into the Directorship at the Harbor History Museum in beautiful downtown Gig Harbor, WA. It’s been amazing, fun, challenging, and an opportunity for innovative thinking and community growth. As part of the recently launched capital campaign to complete the restoration of the FV Shenandoah, enclose the gallery in which she rests, and create new and exciting maritime exhibits, I’ve had the opportunity to discover incredible connections and meet fascinating people who are part of the boat’s story. In the coming months, I’ll be posting stories about some of these people, places, and objects as a precursor to our upcoming exhibit “Treasures from the Shenandoah,” opening on November 15, 2019. Trust me, it’s gonna be fun.

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I’m also proud to announce the release of new children’s picture book, SO MANY FISH! published by the Harbor History Museum first as a video story and now as a paperback picture book. With incredible illustrations by Jesse Joshua Watson and Jennifer Beard, and based on the true story of Gig Harbor’s fishing boat the Phyllis T, this book is available both through the Museum Mercantile and soon via other retail outlets.

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The “Bomber Boys” Exhibit is on the Move!

See it NOW at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center until August 23, 2019.

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“Bomber Boys: Portraits From the Front” is available for booking through 2021.

A tremendous thanks to the Harbor History Museum, Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver and the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona, for hosting “Bomber Boys: Portraits From the Front.” It was a delight to have the show in Mesa, especially for the 57th Bomb Wing Reunion and official ribbon cutting by veterans who flew during World War II.

Know a museum who is looking for a poignant view of World War II with a great literary tie? “Bomber Boys” is available for booking and features 32 portraits of men who served in the 445th Squadron of the 321st Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing, 12th Army Air Force stationed in Italy and on Corsica. They are the “real guys” behind the famous novel Catch-22.

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Keith B. Lile did his gunnery training at Lowry Field in Colorado. It was his first stop after Basic Training, but wouldn’t be his last.

Interested in learning about the exhibit and its backstory? Check out my Mission 31 Blog Series and the “Bomber Boys” page. This exhibit is scheduled to travel through 2021, the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. It was created as a special project of my University of Washington Tacoma Methods of Museum Interpretation class.

Many venues require sponsors to be able to host traveling exhibits, so if you’d like to see this exhibit in your local museum, consider being a sponsor. Contact the Harbor History Museum at 253-858-6722 x3 for information.

4 thoughts on “The Latest

  1. Joan

    Schtephanopoulos, I am so happy for you and proud for your passion, patience and perseverance!!! I’m behind you all the way…Love, Joan

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