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Gig Harbor Lighthouse Turns Twenty-Five Years Old

Gig Harbor, Wash. – March 13th, 2014 – The community is invited to the Gig Harbor Lighthouse 25th Anniversary Celebration at Skansie Brothers Park in downtown Gig Harbor, on Saturday, April 26th from noon to 4pm. As part of the celebration, time capsules currently held in the Lighthouse from 1987, will be retrieved and returned to their owners, opened and displayed. In addition, a new round of time capsules to be placed in the lighthouse, can be purchased and packaged for the next generation to make the twenty-five year stay. The event will feature a photo contest, live music of “Daryl and the Diptones“, educational displays, and fun for the whole family.

The photo contest is a special opportunity for anyone – photographer or not – to digitally capture the essence of Gig Harbor, Washington. The photos in this contest depict a typical day in the life around the Gig Harbor Peninsula. The photo contest is FREE, open to the public and easy to enter. Photos must be taken over that one weekend. The contest was developed as a way to celebrate our landmark lighthouse, a welcome beacon to residents and visitors at the mouth of the bay. But to also recognize the growth in our community and contrast the ‘then and now’. Photographs will be saved and stored in a Gig Harbor Photo Contest Time Capsule until 2039 at the lighthouse.

Photo entries accepted during the weekend of April 25-27th, 2014. Public voting starts April 28th and closes May 5th, 2014. All images will be archived at the Harbor History Museum as a documentary of this 3-day period in 2014. There is no charge to enter the contest but if you would like to make a donation, all funds will go to The Gig Harbor Lighthouse 25 fund, and is a component fund of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Tacoma, Washington. Enter at:

Enter your photographs taken between April 25-27, at You must create a profile to enter and also vote. Voting opens April 28th and one first place winner will win a FREE four inch time capsule. Winner to be notified May 5th, 2014. Winner will be emailed and announced on Facebook at

Reservations for 2014-2039 time capsules are currently being taken. Order forms are available locally (in Gig Harbor) at the Harbor History Museum and Gig Harbor Boatshop at Eddon Boatyard.
To purchase your time capsule online or get more information please visit Purchases of time capsules (4”, 6”, 8” and 10” pvc pipe containers) are tax-deductible with proceeds going to the Harbor History Museum and Gig Harbor Boatshop at Eddon Boatyard.

Gig Harbor, Washington’s Maritime City.