Mission: To soar!

November 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Chelsea Libby, Director

I am the new director of a The World Kite Museum in Long Beach, WA. We are a small museum with a very specific focus: to educate the public about the science, art, history, and culture of kite flying.  It may seem that the topic of kites is a rather specific niche, a narrow focus on paper, but what truly excites me as a museum professional is the possibilities for interdisciplinary educational programming based on this topic.  Studying and educating about kites offers the opportunity to discuss aerodynamics, fashion, Asian arts and culture, photography, sports, nautical engineering, and physics just as an example of the diversity of content available to mine for exhibit and program development.  It is going to be a long, exciting journey to bring this museum up to date with current educational theory, exhibit displays, interactive elements, and digital presence, but I believe I am up to the job.

I am a graduate of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Master of Arts program for museum studies. In my studies I focused on museum education and exhibit development. I bring to the world of Kite my ability to understand the intrinsic needs of a nascent museum organization, my creative problem solving ability, and a tenacious passion for educating the public in informal learning environments.  What I am hoping to achieve by creating this blog and a variety of digital media outlets for WKM is encouraging the public to help this museum grow into a destination that meets the needs of both the local community and the larger audience of the Pacific Northwest.  I think creating a dialog about what we’re doing, how we are tackling the topic of building a museum into a sustainable business model is worth sharing in a public forum. I hope the digital community will respond with a rallying cry of “I have an opinion about that!”  So I encourage you all to help us to learn, grow, and soar to new heights.

February: President’s Day Weekend

October 4, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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President’s Day Weekend

Beamgard Kite Making Workshop
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What: Kite making workshop for 

Beamgard Kite Making Workshop.

When: February 15, 16, 17 (Saturday Through Monday) 2014

Where: The World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame, Long Beach, WA

Rod Beamgard, a favorite kite making teacher, will teach a new quilting pattern to decorate a 6ft. (8ft 6in diagonal) diamond style kite. The kite has three fringe cut tails about 25-30 ft. long. The kite has a large wind range and flies well. It will make a “statement” in the sky! For questions and registration call 360-574-8050 or email kytfevr@yahoo.com

 

Spring Break March 22 – April 20

February 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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DON’T MISS THIS SPRING BREAK – FAMILY FUN
World Kit Museum Long Beach, Washington

From March 22nd to April 20th, the World Kite Museum has special events for every age member of your family. First of all there is the Museum Mystery Detective Game. All of you can search for and contribute answers. For being good Museum Detectives, you will get coupons for “free” things from local merchants, such as The Bead Shop, Boardwalk Quilts, Cottage Bakery, Dennis Company, The Picture Attic, Time Enough Books, and others.

Also while you are in the Museum, there are hands on things to do. Here are a few:

• Put together tetrahedrons like Alexander Graham Bell did.

• Fold a flying origami crane for good luck.

• See people of India flying kites from their roofs.

• And the last thing is making a kite you can take with you.

 

Open every day – 11:00 to 5:00

Admission: $5 for adults; $4 over 60; $3 children 3-16

 

 

 

WKM flying fanatics!

WKM flying fanatics!

 

WORLD KITE MUSEUM
303 Sid Snyder Dr – Long Beach, WA
Call—360-642-4020

October: One Sky, One World Kite Fly For Peace

August 12, 2010 by · 5 Comments
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Saturday & Sunday October 11 & 12, 2014
…and always the second Sunday in October…
One Sky, One World – Long Beach, WA

One Sky, One World – Miriam Schaffler, a regular at One Sky, One World, shows off a ‘Lady Kite Flyer’ kite.

One Sky, One World – Miriam Schaffler,
a regular at One Sky, One World,
shows off a ‘Lady Kite Flyer’ kite.

In 1986 during the cold war, Jane Parker-Ambrose traveled to Russia in hopes of presenting a three-foot diamond kite featuring the American and Soviet flags on each side of the globe. In Moscow Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space and the president of the Soviet Women’s Peace Committee received this kite as a symbol of efforts worldwide for peace and understanding.

This was the beginning of this annual kite-flying event celebrated not only in Long Beach but all over the globe.

This is the 27th year of One Sky, One World, this year because the AKA Convention in Seaside, OR is at the same time. You can fly your kite anywhere and can post your image on our Facebook page with a comment. 

Here is an interview with Jane Parker-Ambrose, discussing the origins of the annual One Sky One World Kite Fly for Peace

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Other questions? Call 360-642-4020 or email info@worldkitemuseum.com

 

One Sky One World, International Kite Fly for Peace is held the second Sunday of October annually, around the globe.

January: Windless Kite Festival

January 11, 2010 by · 17 Comments
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ANNUAL WINDLESS KITE FESTIVAL

January 17-18  2015

    Indoor Kite Flying Competition and Performances

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 The astounding performances will happen both Saturday and Sunday from about 10:30 AM to 4:00PM. Even watching the practices and teaching events is exciting. Admission is by donation as you enter and entrance to the gym is after each group or individual finishes their event. The whole thing is a full day of FUN!

Location

Long Beach School Gymnasium
Washington and 4th St South
Long Beach, WA 98631

Photos from 2014

Windless Kite Photos by Matt Cyphert

Thanks, Matt Cyphert!
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January: President’s Day Weekend

January 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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SPECIAL KITE MAKING EXHIBIT
February 15, 16, 17

Beamgard Kite Making Workshop

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What: Kite making workshop for 

Beamgard Kite Making Workshop.

When: February 15, 16, 17 (Saturday Through Monday) 2014

Where: The World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame, Long Beach, WA

Rod Beamgard, a favorite kite making teacher, will teach a new quilting pattern to decorate a 6ft. (8ft 6in diagonal) diamond style kite. The kite has three fringe cut tails about 25-30 ft. long. The kite has a large wind range and flies well. It will make a “statement” in the sky! For questions and registration call 360-574-8050 or email kytfevr@yahoo.com

 

January February: Asian New Year

January 9, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Asian New Year Celebration

January 31– February 12

This Saturday and Sunday, February 1st and 2nd, is the opening celebration for the 2014 Year of the Horse.  Special events during these days include block printing, Japanese Koto music plus antique women’s kimonos, making a traditional kite and children’s stories.

The exhibit enhancement will continue through the month of February.  Part of it will show the giant kite culture of approximately nine different communities.  To give you a sense of the size of these kites, some need over 100 men to launch them and often 2 ½ gallons of glue are used to hold them together.

Folding origami cranes for good luck, making kites, symbols of kite decoration and a special section on the last Edo kite maker in Tokyo will continue after the opening weekend.

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March: Spring Break Family Fun

January 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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March 22 – April 20

This yearly event during school spring vacation in the Oregon and Washington region has special games to play in the museum and coupons to collect for bargains in Long Beach businesses.
kite making

spring fling dual line kite lessons

Exhibit: Kite Stamps

January 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The Peninsula Postal Stamp Club of Long Beach, WA is in the process of creating an exhibit of kite stamps from countries around the world. In 2009 the group artistically prepared three 34” X 26” frames of Chinese kite stamps to accompany a new Chinese Kite Celebration at that time.

This time, besides using the Museum’s stamps, the group has researched and obtained more varied stamps to extend the total collection.

This exhibit will be one of a kind. Keep your eyes open for this unique event and tell your friends.

Welcome to the World Kite Museum!

January 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame is the only American Museum dedicated exclusively to the thrill, joy, art, science and world history of kites.

Besides its outstanding kite collections, the Museum has extensive archival materials. The American Kite Association [AKA] has combined their archives with the World Kite Museum in Long Beach, Washington. An active oral history program exists on cassettes and videos.  Textbook companies and freelance writers are the biggest users.  Long Beach’s World Kite Museum is the definitive information source on kites internationally.

A Washington State vacation is incomplete without a visit to the Long Beach Peninsula, home of the Washington State International Kite Festival, and the World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame.  Located at 303 Sid Snyder Drive SW, Long Beach, Washington, WKM is the only Kite Museum in North and South America.

We look forward to seeing you in person. In the meanwhile, we hope you’ll enjoy perusing our site!

World Kite Museum, Long Beach WA

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