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Anacortes History


with Bret Lunsford

Calendar Oct 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Join Bret Lunsford, the Anacortes Museum’s Maritime and Education Curator, for a three-week focus on Fidalgo Island. The class will sketch an eclectic overview of history to explore how Anacortes has evolved. We will “follow” the shoreline for a waterfront perspective on history, delve into the development of our wealth of parks and forests, lend an ear to the music history of our island and detour into other fun stories with a guest or two, plus oral, film, and video history clips.

Instructor: Bret Lunsford.  Bret is a 56-yr old historian, writer, & musician who grew up in Anacortes and, in his youth, worked in local salmon canneries and on fishing boats in Puget Sound & in Alaska. He is the author of Images of America: Anacortes (Arcadia Publishing), and has compiled a new book – Croatian Fishing Families of Anacortes – about his hometown’s unique place in the history of the Pacific Northwest.

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Civilizations and the Sea


with Jim Strong

Calendar Oct 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Throughout history, peoples have gone to the sea, driven by desires for food, wealth, war, and new lands to settle. Some found riches and fertile continents, others found only disaster. We will explore, in this course, familiar and unfamiliar paths and peoples from ancient to modern times, including some excursions and events that molded history. We shall also look at the exploitation and potential decline of this wonderful resource – our oceans. 

Instructor: Jim Strong. Jim received his B.A. in Chemistry from Southwestern at Memphis and his M.S. from the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville. He taught Chemistry, Geology, and Oceanography in Michigan and Pennsylvania and retired in 2005 after 20 years at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. In addition, he spent five years in research and development in the steel industry.

Industries of Anacortes


with Tom Kuhn

Calendar Oct 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Back by student request, this popular series will again explore six of the many industries & services based in our local economy. The course will include representatives from the Port of Anacortes, Shannon Point Marine Center, Anacortes Waste Treatment, SVC Marine Technical Center, Rockfish Grill/Anacortes Brewery, and Andeavor refinery.

Facilitator: Tom Kuhn (past president of Anacortes Senior College) Several guest speakers will give presentations and answer questions.

Memoir Writing


with Teru Lundsten

Calendar Oct 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Your life is unique. You can find meaning in your life from writing your story and sharing it in confidence with others who are writing theirs. Learn about writing tools and memory prompts to help you prime the pump. People who think they can’t write will be surprised at how well they actually do, because they write about material that means so much to them. (Class size limited to 10 students.)

Instructor: Teru Lundsten. Teru began writing seriously in her thirties, in a class much like this. She belonged to an autobiographical writing group for 17 years, but also wrote in other genres, eventually becoming a journalist. She found her calling writing profiles of many different people, which led her to become a personal historian. For several years she helped people preserve their life stories by writing personal history books in the narrator’s voice, and served as the WA chapter chair of the Association of Personal Historians. She has taught memoir-writing at several venues in Anacortes, mostly at the ASC, and is now editing her own early memoirs.

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The Archeology of Jordan -- Petra


with Douglas Clark, PhD

Calendar Oct 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Made famous by Indiana Jones and one of the seven wonders of the world, the archeological site of Petra, Jordan, has long been shrouded in mystery and has drawn visitors from around the world to its sandstone cliffs and monumental architecture. It is rich in archeological and cultural remains from the Stone Age through modern times. Our class will cover Petra from the Stone Age through the Iron Ages, Nabataean and Roman times, and from the Byzantine Period to today. (3 weeks: 10/9, 16, 23)

Instructor: Douglas Clark, Ph.D.  Dr. Clark, retired on the Olympic Peninsula from a life-time career in university education, continues as Director of the Center for Near Eastern Archeology at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA, as well as Director of the Madaba Plains Project excavations at Tall al-Umayri, Jordan. He completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University. He has authored and co-edited eleven volumes and over 180 articles, and made more than 185 presentations worldwide.

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