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  1. Calendar Overlay Anacortes History (2)

Anacortes History

  1. First Annual Puget Sound Indian Fair (1930)

    October 28, 2019, All Day

    Over three thousand gathered in and around Anacortes to celebrate native life and people. The weekend long celebration would be filled with dances, activities, the selling of Native crafts and foods, and banquets. The Navy sent hydroplanes over the Swinomish Slough and the local tribe Chieftains took canoes in to hear speeches by local professors and historians. The big event of the weekend was the La Conner war canoe race, in which the Swinomish canoe, "Telegraph," was "defeated for the first time in a great many years," by enemy canoe, "The Cyclone."

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  2. The "American Bulletin" Debuts (1950)

    October 30, 2019, All Day @ Anacortes American

    Journalists Wallie Funk and John Webber owned the Anacortes American from 1950-1964. They would publish their first issue together on June 1, 1950. There was an idea the two fraternity brothers had though, a four-day-a-week tabloid known as "The American Bulletin." Journalistic peers called the move "insane" and Anacortes as a "the boneyard of Washington state journalism." Despite all this though, the Bulletin would stay in constant publication until 1962 when the Anacortes American operation was bought by The Skagit Valley Herald. Later Scripps League Syndicate would buy both of the publications, being in charge of them ever since.

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