Historic treasure returns home to Mukilteo

Jun 04, 2014

A large and artistic frame made in Mukilteo more than a century ago is coming home.

A shell picture frame made from Point Elliot shells will be transferred from the Everett Museum of History to the Mukilteo Historical Society on a loan.

It will be welcomed in a ceremony at the Mukilteo lighthouse at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7.

The frame was made by Louisa Fowler Sinclair, daughter of Mukilteo co-founder Jacob Fowler and his wife Mary Warren Fowler.

Mary Warren was the daughter of an important native chief who signed the Point Elliot Treaty in 1855.

Louisa Fowler was born in Mukilteo in 1862 and was the first child born in Snohomish County.

"First Daughter" Louisa Fowler decorated the solid wood frame with shells and colorful stones found along  the nearby beaches of Puget Sound.

This priceless relic of Mukilteo's past has been stored in the vast collection of the Everett Museum of History, founded in 1954 as the Snohomish County Museum Association.

Everett Historical Commissioner Neil Anderson has been instrumental in arranging for the loan of Louisa Fowler's artwork to the Mukilteo Historical Society.

He was able to locate this relic from Mukilteo's roots after being shown an article about it from the Seattle Sunday Times from Feb. 23, 1964.

Anderson volunteers with the Everett Museum of History and has written several articles for the MHS Newsline, as his parents attended Rosehill School in Mukilteo. He thought the frame should go home.

Louisa Fowler's seashell artwork will be displayed in Quarters B in the exhibit  "Mukilteo: The Way We Were.”

On Saturday, Gene Fosheim and Barbara George, board chair and executive director respectively of the Everett Museum of History, will present the frame John Collier, president of the Mukilteo Historical Society.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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