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Gig Harbor, WA, April 8, 2014—The Harbor History Museum’s special exhibit, “Going to the Chapel: Faith, Friction, & Fellowship on the Gig Harbor Peninsula” which opened on January 11 ends on Sunday, April 13.

The exhibit showcases the history of the early Gig Harbor Peninsula churches, the ceremonies and celebrations, youth and adult programs, and even the challenges between different religious convictions. Visitors will learn about Edna Hunt, wife of steamboat captain Arda Hunt, who was instrumental in the creation of three Peninsula churches. Going to the Chapel shows how establishing and building churches provided immigrants, who had come to the Gig Harbor Peninsula from throughout the U.S. and Europe, with opportunities to bond with each other and create new communities.

The Harbor History Museum’s Executive Director, Ted Smith, is especially proud of the exhibit and urges visitors to see the exhibit before it closes on April 13. “The Museum is honored to present the Going to the Chapel exhibit for visitors to learn about the community and how religion often brought people together.”

Nine local churches with deep historical roots, featured in the exhibit, have attended specially designed tours during its three-month run at the museum. They have included First Church of Christ, Scientist, the United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill Presbyterian, Harbor Life, The Peninsula Baptist Church, Peninsula Lutheran, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Rosedale Church, and St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

“Going to the Chapel: Faith, Friction, & Fellowship on the Gig Harbor Peninsula” will run until Sunday, April 13, 2014. For more information visit: or call 253.858.6722

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society dba Harbor History Museum was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973. The Society moved in to their new 14,500 square foot facility in September of 2010. The mission of the Harbor History Museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor Peninsula. The Harbor History Museum does this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history. The Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm, except major holidays.