Mission & Vision
Established in 1983, the Suquamish Museum commemorated its 40th anniversary in June 2023. The initiative for a museum dedicated to the Suquamish people originated with Lawrence Webster, the eldest son of Julia Jacob and her Makah husband. Lawrence’s connection to the Lushootseed language, spoken by the Suquamish people, faced challenges when he attended the Tulalip Indian Boarding School. Despite the punishment he and other students endured for speaking Lushootseed, Lawrence managed to preserve the language during his time at the boarding school. Even as he learned English and completed his education at Tulalip Indian Boarding School, Lawrence played a crucial role in maintaining and revitalizing the Lushootseed language, a legacy that continues to impact its resurgence today. The Suquamish Museum stands as a testament to the enduring cultural contributions of the Suquamish people, with Lawrence Webster’s efforts integral to its rich history.
The Suquamish Museum is dedicated to fostering a more inclusive and respectful community by collecting, preserving, and teaching the living culture and history of the Suquamish Tribe. Through language, culture, and historical programming, we aim to educate and inspire a diverse community of Tribal Members, Students, Artists, and Visitors, creating a space where the rich heritage of the Suquamish Tribe comes alive for all.
Our vision goes beyond the mere conservation of artifacts and historical documents. We aspire to serve as a dynamic repository of the Suquamish culture, constantly adapting and expanding alongside our community. The museum strives to become a focal point for cultural exchange, where the narrative of the Suquamish People isn’t just safeguarded but is also joyously embraced and shared with a global audience. Envisioning a future in which the Suquamish Museum becomes a central force in fostering comprehension, respect, and admiration for indigenous cultures worldwide, we aim to contribute to a world that is more inclusive and culturally vibrant.
6861 NE South St Suquamish, WA 98392
P.O. Box 1327 Suquamish, WA 98392