Science laboratory is focus of MAC program

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The Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley continues its all-new winter series of local history programs at the historical Dungeness Schoolhouse on Friday, Jan. 24 with “Battelle Marine Sciences Laboratory.”


The presentation by Charles Brandt, director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Lab, begins at 10 a.m. at the schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, Sequim.


Admission is $5 for MAC members and $7 for non-members, payable at the door, which supports continued MAC programming.


As part of the program, Brandt will provide an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Marine Sciences Laboratory, which is part of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, discuss the site’s history and the features of the site and its facilities that make it unique for certain kinds of research, and highlight work currently being done to support the region and federal missions.


The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle Memorial Institute.


Brandt, who has been director since 2009, said the Marine Sciences Laboratory conducts approximately 60 projects annually with a total value of $30 million. The Sequim-based marine research facility site at Washington Harbor was once home to the Bugge Cannery Company, which operated from 1905-1966 and is now owned by Battelle.


This program marks the third of eight local history presentations presented by the MAC on Friday mornings through Feb. 28 at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, which is ADA accessible.


Additional upcoming program topics include late 1936 Olympic gold medalist and former Sequim resident Joe Rantz by his daughter Judy Willman on Friday, Jan. 31; military historical sites of Puget Sound with author Nancy McDaniel on Friday, Feb. 7; and North Olympic Peninsula cemeteries with MAC Executive Director DJ Bassett on Friday, Feb. 14.


For details, see or call 681-2257.

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