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A new photo book celebrating 125 years of Anacortes history and 125 years of the Anacortes American newspaper is set for release this spring.

This May is historically significant in Anacortes: The Anacortes American was founded on May 15, 1890 and the City was incorporated May 19, 1891. So, this year the newspaper completes its 125th year just four days before the city begins its 125th year. In addition, the Funk family just celebrated the 125th anniversary of Valentine and Barbara Funk’s arrival here.

The Anacortes Museum tips a hat to these auspicious anniversaries with the release of their new book “Pictures of the Past: Celebrating 125 Years of Anacortes History,” a compilation of the best Anacortes history stories written by retired American editor and co-publisher Wallie Funk in 1994-2001.

Like the original stories, the book is lavishly illustrated with exquisite photos from the Anacortes Museum’s Wallie Funk Collection – the magnificent photo collection that played a key role in the establishment of the museum.

The American and the Anacortes Museum Foundation will co-host an anniversary celebration May 9, which doubles as the book’s release party. It is sure to be one of the liveliest events of the year. A short program by American Publisher Jack Darnton will be followed by the book celebration at noon. Wallie plans to be there, so don’t miss it!

Pictures of the Past: Celebrating 125 Years of Anacortes History” By Wallie Funk.
Hardcover, 192 pages, with more than 180 historic photographs. Price: $25, Available May 9

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