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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Washington! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region this summer.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.  The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-old-rust.

national night out

On Tuesday, August 2nd, the community of Gig Harbor is invited to join together at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview Street, joining thousands of communities gathering nationwide for National Night Out. This fun, free, community-wide event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. will include free food, live music on the Pepsi Main Stage, the Home Depot Root Beer Garden and many other fun activities for the whole family.

Our featured musical guest is the amazing Afton Prater featuring Smiley D. In addition, we are proud to announce that local band Cannibal Hamster, along with musicians from our local Star Search, will be performing.  We will also feature special guest Olympic Medalist Amanda Beard.

National Night Out is a “Community-wide” block party designed to heighten crime prevention awareness and an enjoyable means to promote neighborhood spirit, build police-community partnerships and send a message to potential criminals letting them know we will not tolerate crime in our community.

Gig Harbor’s National Night Out will include:

  • Gig Harbor Police
  • Pierce County Sheriff
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Gig Harbor Fire and Medic 1
  • South Sound 911
  • The Beast Bus
  • Storm Troopers
  • Games and activities for children
  • Free live music

This event is hosted by the City of Gig Harbor Police Department and sponsored by: The Jaycox-Gig Harbor Police Benevolent Fund, Gig Harbor Fire and Medic 1, Gig Harbor Employees Guild, Pepsi-Cola, Peninsula Light Company, American Family Insurance, South Sound 911, Waypoint CrossFit, Target, Home Depot, Wilco Farm Stores, Costco Wholesale, Gig Harbor Kiwanis, PenMet Parks, United Rentals and Hemley’s Septic Services.

For more information contact the Gig Harbor Police Department at (253) 853-2428.

Gig Harbor, Washington’s Maritime City

The National Chamber Program is excited to announce that program pricing for chamber members in every Office Depot/Office Max store just got much better!  Now, anytime a member shops in an Office Depot or Office Max store they will save up to 5% on every single item! Plus, members will continue to receive even greater discounts on core list items found in store.

In addition, we have created a "Store Hot List" of 100 items that have even deeper discounts - up to 60% off retail price - just in time for back-to-school shopping.


Harbor History Museum is pleased to host “Bomber Boys: Portraits From the Front,” a new traveling exhibition developed by Bering Street Studio. Featuring a series of striking photographs reproduced from a secret stash of World War II images, ephemera, and a diary from 1945, the exhibit highlights the combat, captains, crew, and camp life of the 445th bomb squadron of the 12th Army Air Corps stationed mainly on Corsica and in Italy.

“This amazing collection was found when my sister and I were cleaning out the hayloft of our horse barn in Gig Harbor, Washington,” says Stephanie Lile, exhibit curator and longtime museum professional. “Dad never talked much about the war and never seemed to want to, so finding the box of dusty old photos and a diary was a huge surprise.” Lile and her four siblings felt the collection was too special not to share. In fact, she has spent the last 10 years researching and cataloging the collection, an adventure that took her both to Italy and to Arizona to fly in an historic B-25.

Lile used the collection as inspiration for a young adult novel THE TAIL GUNNER; after its publication, she and her family decided to expand access to the collection by creating a traveling exhibition. Lile is a lecturer for Museum Studies at University of Washington Tacoma, and she saw an opportunity to use the collection and exhibit to involve her students in a real-world project. “The students did much of the background research on specific topics and people that was then transformed into various interpretive elements,” explains Lile. “The stories that have surfaced are amazing. One student discovered that Lorton Wellnitz, one of the bomber boys pictured in the exhibit, was not only an enlisted man and statistician, but an all-star pitcher around base.”

The exhibit features portraits of the “boys” who flew B-25 bombers in the Mediterranean theater. Some of them are known, like Wellnitz and Keith B. Lile—the tail gunner whose collection these images came from, but most are not. One of the curator’s hopes in presenting this exhibit is that as the show travels, people will recognize some of the men depicted. A handful of the men in the portraits were identified by notes on the original prints, but many remain a mystery.

“Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front” will be on view from July 21st to September 4th. Harbor History Museum will host a members-only reception on July 27th from 6:00-8:00pm, including a curator talk and complimentary appetizers and refreshments.

For more information about Bomber Boys: Portraits from the Front, visit Contact Alphild Dick, Marketing and Events Coordinator, at or 253-858-6722 ext. 5 with questions.