Each intern had to select a special research project to complete as part of the internship. Nathan did a research paper on the Skansie Brother Shipbuilding Company, Caeden research the work of Gig Harbor metalsmith Howard Cox, and Josiah researched the invention and history of the power block. All of these projects were directly related to the restoration and conservation projects they worked on.
The Avalon Project: The Exhibit
In 2015, the Department of Natural Resources was scheduled to deconstruct the AVALON, a wooden purse seiner built in Gig Harbor, Washington. The Gig Harbor BoatShop and the Harbor History Museum teamed up to document the boat prior to deconstruction, collect a variety of artifacts from the boat, and create the exibit "Salmon, Seiners, and Life o the Sea" the story commercial fishing as told through the life of the seiner AVALON. Three interns were hired to work on the conservation and restoration of the objects, as well as to help conceive the various ways we explain conservation, restroation, and preservation to museum audiences.
Nathan Patrick, Caeden Eardmann, and Josiah Pollock worked together in the Winter/Spring of 2017-18 to conserve and restore a number of artifacts, develop the exhibit storyline, and learn interpretation and installation techniques.
The exhibit, "Salmon, Seiners, and Life on the Sea" is a public exhibition developed in partnership with the Gig HarborBoatShop, the Skansie Netshed, and the Harbor History Museum, all located in the historic fishing city of Gig Harbor, Washington. The exhibit opened in November of 2018 and ran through June 2018. It tells the story of South Sound commercial fishing fleet and boats that made it all happen.
This project is designed to teach interns the relationship between conservation, restoration, and interpretation, and share those findings with the public. Each intern took on a special restoration and project that became part of the exhibit.