Center’s program spotlights local military history

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by Reneé Mizar

Communications Director, Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley

Military historical sites of Puget Sound are the focus of a history program featuring local author Nancy McDaniel at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the historical Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road in Sequim.


McDaniel, a retired U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps officer, is the author of “A Sound Defense: Military Historical Sites of Puget Sound.”


Admission for the program, presented by the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, is $5 for MAC members or $7 for non-members and payable at the door. Fees support continued MAC programming.


As part of the program, McDaniel will overview past and active military installations in the 12 counties that surround Puget Sound, including Clallam and Jefferson counties, spanning from the late 1700s to the present. The Chimacum-based author also will discuss the role of Western Washington lighthouses in regional defense and the contributions that lighthouse keepers and their families made to local history.


“It also will be a bit of a travelogue of these locations, with the hope that attendees will use when they plan day trips and explore the area,” McDaniel said of the presentation. “Each county has some sort of military historical site which has contributed to the local and national history of our state and the country.”


McDaniel will participate in a book signing following the presentation and copies of her 2013 book will be for sale. Copies also are available for purchase in advance at the MAC Exhibit Center, 175 W. Cedar St. in Sequim.


This presentation continues a winter series of local history programs presented by the MAC on Friday mornings through February at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, which is ADA accessible. Additional upcoming programs include North Olympic Peninsula cemeteries with MAC Executive Director DJ Bassett on Friday, Feb. 14, and the Lower Dungeness River Floodplain Restoration Project with Clallam County DCD habitat biologist Cathy Lear on Friday, Feb. 21.


For details, visit or call 681-2257.


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