Through the Lens at the Schack Art Center

We had so much fun installing our new exhibition Through the Lens: The Story of Everett’s First Fifty Years in Pictures this week!!

We had an amazing turnout of our volunteers – both new and established and everyone worked so hard to make this exhibition shine!

Don’t miss our opening reception at the Schack on June 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. And we have more exciting news – the Schack requested the exhibition stay up through the month of August. We are so very excited and grateful for this opportunity!

Here are some pictures of our volunteers hard at work during the install.


a view of the largest wall


Betty Morrow & Joan Packard installing photographs on one of the exhibition walls


another view of the long exhibition wall


our volunteers working hard


and discussing the amazing photographs we have in the show


Jack O’Donnell & Bob Mayer looking over the photographs


Ed Morrow examining some of the many walls full of images


Barbara George, Betty Morrow, Kim David, & Joan Packard working on the install


More photographs

June 11th – August 1st: Through the Lens: Everett’s First Fifty Years in Photographs Exhibition


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Through the Lens: Everett’s First Fifty Years in Photographs

Everett Museum of History in partnership with the Schack Art Center

June 11th – August 1st, 2015

Grand Opening June 18th, 2015, 5:00-8:00 pm

Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, Washington


The Everett Museum of History, in partnership with the Schack Art Center, presents Through the Lens: Everett’s First Fifty Years in Photographs. Exhibition viewing begins on June 11th with the grand opening June 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Schack Art Center in downtown Everett.

Accession 1973.002.003

Accession 1973.002.003 

Through the Lens is a celebration of Everett’s founding and the intrepid people who recorded it.  The exhibition  includes  hundreds of  photographs  dating from  the late 19th through the  mid-20th century from  the Museum’s substantial collection.

Accession 1986.044.005

Accession 1986.044.005


From the earliest photographs of a small town on the banks of the resource rich Puget Sound to images exploring the growth of Everett into an industrial powerhouse and home to a full-scale city, Through the Lens showcases the professional and amateur photographers who documented those changes and who, by default, have become cultural historians informing our interpretation of past events. Early settlement, industry, military, portraiture, and retail photography are among the wide range of subjects included in the exhibition.

Accession 1989.104.008

Accession 1989.104.008


Accession 1965.039.683

Accession 1965.039.683

Accession 1964.047.007a

Accession 1964.047.007a

Through the Lens is the first of many pop-up exhibitions the Everett Museum of History has planned. With over 50,000 artifacts, ranging from large-scale industrial machinery to tiny decorative objects, and everything in-between, the Museum’s collection is a glimpse into our area’s important cultural history.


Accession 1988.013.030

Accession 1988.013.030


Postcards from the Past Event


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Wow! With over 127 attendees to toast Jack’s contributions to the Everett community, Everett Museum of History’s Postcards from the Past event honoring Jack O’Donnell was a huge success!


Jack O’Donnell presenting his postcard collection to attendees

The attendees not only got to nosh on delectable treats from Shawn O’Donnell‘s, they also were presented with an amazing talk Jack gave on just a few items from his immense postcard collection while taking in a gorgeous evening on the waterfront at the Everett Yacht Club. The weather was so very cooperative!


Gene Fosheim, Everett Museum of History Board President, with Barbara George, Executive Director

And to top it all off – EMoH was able to raise a little over half of the needed funds to get us started on a full-scale inventory project. Stay tuned for our next event in June at the Schack Art Center – where we will have a pop-up exhibition of over 250 historical photos from Everett’s earliest settlement to the middle of the 20th century.


Attendees, including Betty and Ed Morrow, enjoying Shawn O’Donnell’s catering


Larry O’Donnell and Brian Sullivan introducing the program and telling some tales about Jack


Jack O’Donnell presenting his extensive locally themed postcard collection – although as he was quick to point out, it seems unlikely that this was one photographed in Everett


Mary O’Donnell (middle) and a few of the O’Donnell family looking on while Jack presents


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