Maritime history

Step back into time and explore fishing history with a visit to the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Oregon.

Of course, there are plenty of other maritime museums to visit throughout the Pacific Northwest – and some even inland.

Consider the Tuna Fishing Museum at Casamar Village Market in Las Vegas.  “The museum has a valuable collection of prints and books recording important events of the tuna fishing industry,” notes the museum’s website, and you can also learn about  Napoleon Bonaparte’s connection to tuna., John Wayne’s favorite tuna recipe and some other tuna tidbits.

Area museums and historical societies are also focusing on the new sustainable food movement. For example, the Skajit County Historical Museum and Society has a new exhibit, Harvest the Light, through Sept 27 – with beautiful images of contemporary Skajit farm life.

Before visiting the museum, take some time to read perspectives from early explorers and settlers, such as the Illustrated History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties, readily available online. And write to us about some of your favorite discoveries in fishing history!

(Line drawing is courtesy of Illustrated History of Skagit and Snohomish Counties and can be seen at the Skagit County Historical Society Museum.)

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