Cutting hair and keeping history: Barbers as local story keepers

Opens Oct. 5 at Skagit County Historical Museum


September 27, 2023

A barber cutting a customer's hair.

courtesy of Fox Family Collection

THEY CUT HAIR JUST LIKE THEY USED TO –Here, Ed Marlow is cutting fellow historian Roger Fox's hair in his home shop in 1990.

Sometimes, at the center of a community's history is a barber's chair, swiveling this way and that and gathering up stories.

Barbers are "always a repository of the past, because so much day-to-day life is part of the barbershop experience," said Mari Densmore, archivist at the Skagit County Historical Museum.

Fortunately, two Skagit County barbers collected thousands of photographs that capture decades of Skagit history. The new exhibit at the Skagit County Historical Museum is "Barber Historians: 'Just a Little Off the Top'" opens with an Oct. 5 reception.

The exhibit has a dual focus. The f...

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