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The Anacortes Museum is celebrating two big anniversaries this month August ... It is 50 years since the museum opened in the Carnegie Library building, and 60 years since the Anacortes Museum of History Board was established.

Mayor Anthony Mustacich appointed the first Anacortes Museum of History Board on July 23, 1958. Ten years later, the museum got a physical location in the Carnegie Library building, which has been home to the Anacortes Museum ever since.

In recognition of these milestones, the museum has spiffed up the outside courtyard area to make it inviting for folks who want to enjoy the garden and historic WCTU fountain. That includes a new flagpole (funded by Anacortes Noon Kiwanis and the Anacortes Museum Foundation’s membership) and an interpretive panel to share the history of the Carnegie Library and the Anacortes Museum. Thanks are due to the Parks crew and Facilities staff for their essential work on this project.

The celebration and unveiling of these new additions at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the museum, 1305 8th Street. Mayor Gere will participate in the event, which will also feature a visit from Amos Bowman’s great-great niece, ukulele tunes and snacks. They will bury a time capsule created by students, and imagine the role of the Anacortes Museum in the community when they unearth it in 2068.