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       During Spring Quarter 2007, the Anthropology 205 (Introduction to Archaeology) class at Olympic College undertook a project to research and document the mosaic created by Harrison (Hank) Blass on the Math/Science Building at the Bremerton Campus. The building is slated for demolition in Summer 2007. Whether or not the mosaic will be preserved is unknown as of June 8, 2007.

 
        This report is a summary of the findings of the class. Students divided the different tasks for this report. Students collected data using a variety of methods and sources. This report summarizes the findings from early college newspapers (Ranger Roundup), the local newspaper (Bremerton Sun), college catalogs, and college yearbooks. The students also documented the mosaic with photographs and drawings. They interviewed individuals who either worked on the mosaic or had friends involved with the creation of the mosaic. Finally, they surveyed students, staff, and faculty at the campus to learn what they thought about the mosaic. The students then wrote different sections of this report. The report is in the words of the students themselves with very little editing from me. The report is the students’ report.


        The research presented in this document is not complete. More time would be needed for more interviews (for example, Hank Blass’ sister-in-law and niece) and archival research. However, in the 10 weeks of the Spring Quarter, the students did an outstanding job in their research. In addition, more students were involved in the documentation process than those who wrote sections of the report. Other students documented by taking photographs, creating graphs, and designing web sites concerning the mosaic. Copies of the articles, documents, and photographs discussed in this report are available at the Haselwood Library, Olympic College.


        The research and documentation process reveals that the mosaic, while designed and built by art professor Hank Blass, was a community project, a project that drew students, local service clubs, military personnel, local stores, and many others together to produce this magnanimous piece of art. Olympic College is a community college and the story of the mosaic reflects the history of not only the college but the entire community.


        Many individuals helped in the documentation process. In addition to all the students in the Archaeology class Spring 2007, special thanks to the Olympian editor and staff; the Olympic College library; the Olympic College Public Information Office; Archaeologist Jennifer Chambers; students and staff at Olympic College; and many others who made the research possible.


June 8, 2007


Caroline Hartse, PhD