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EVERY VOTE MATTERS FOR SKANSIE NET SHED

April 26, 2010, Gig Harbor Wash; The iconic Skansie Brothers Netshed will commemorate it’s 100-year birthday this Saturday with an OPEN HOUSE, music, food and activities in celebration of Gig Harbor’s rich maritime heritage. The event begins at 10am and runs until 4pm at Skansie Brothers Park.

The Netshed is one of 25 historic properties in the Puget Sound region chosen to compete for $1M dollars in funds thanks to a generous grant from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The on-line voting competition began this month and Skansie Netshed has moved rapidly up the list; rising from number 10 position to number 6 position just this week! The top vote-getter will receive $125,000 with up to $125,000 for 7 other candidates.

Each person can VOTE EACH DAY – EVERY DAY using their email address until the polls close on May 13th.

What is the historical significance of this site?
Gig Harbor’s waterfront was settled in the late 1800's by Croatian immigrants who established commercial fishing and boatbuilding as the main industries that sustained the community for decades. Next to the fishing vessels themselves, netsheds represent the only architectural byproduct of Gig Harbor's most notable industry: commercial fishing. An integral part of the industry were netsheds: simple, over-the-water structures constructed at the water’s edge to provide storage for fishing gear and a working area to mend, dry and hang fishing nets. The Skansie Brothers Netshed, constructed in 1910, is one of only a handful of netsheds to have survived. It is a living reminder of the area’s maritime roots. The stabilization of Skansie Brothers Netshed is essential to preserving Gig Harbor’s colorful past for future generations.

What is the current use of the site?

Rotten piling and deteriorating wood cross members prevent safe public use of the Netshed. Once restored, the Netshed will be used by commercial fishermen to repair nets and equipment. Gig Harbor still serves as home port for 15 Alaskan salmon fishing boats and 30 smaller commercial vessels. Authentic use of the site will give visitors an opportunity to enter the structure and experience its history.

TO VOTE go to: http://www.preservationnation.org/partners-in-preservation/seattle/vote.html

For more info go to: http://www.cityofgigharbor.net/page.php?id=1039 or call (253) 853-7609. Skanise Netshed at Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive at the corner of Harborview and Rosedale Street.