Party to mark Dungeness Schoolhouse’s 120th year

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SEQUIM — The historical Dungeness Schoolhouse first opened its doors 120 years ago this month, and the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley will mark the occasion with a communitywide celebration at the landmark building from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

All are invited to the Dungeness Schoolhouse 120th Anniversary Party at the schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road.

The event, held exactly 120 years after the Dungeness School opened, is free and presented by the Museum & Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, or MAC, which has owned and operated the schoolhouse for the last 18 years.

“So many groups and individuals played a role in shaping the schoolhouse into what it is today — a vibrant, functioning historical structure unlike anything else anywhere,” said MAC Executive Director DJ Bassett.

“Keep in mind, we’re talking about a building that has endured 12 decades worth of Dungeness weather, nearby floods, wear-and-tear, ownership changes and, most recently, being grazed by a van.

“For it to still be standing, let alone in tremendous condition overall, is truly remarkable and needs to be celebrated.”

An official ringing of the school bell will kick off the event, followed by guest speakers including several Dungeness School alumni, Bassett, and Clallam County Commissioner Jim McEntire, who will read a special proclamation.

Refreshments that include birthday cake will be provided, and for a $2 suggested donation, attendees can purchase a commemorative button designed for the event.

The evening’s musical entertainment will include renowned pianist Linda Dowdell and the Eden Valley Strummers, who will lead a toe-tapping sing-along of old-time favorites.

For more information, visit the MAC website at or contact managers Mike and Kathy Bare at 360-683-4270 or schoolhouse@

Last modified: February 25. 2013 6:07PM
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