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Fife History Museum hires new director

Fife History Museum is one of the city’s greatest treasures. Located in the historic former home of Louis Dacca, a member of the original Fife City Council, and stationed across from Columbia Junior High at 2820 54th Ave. E., the museum is a window into Fife’s storied history.

The museum is looking to be elevated even further by new museum director Julie Watts, a former Fife/Milton/Edgewood Chamber of Commerce member who is diving head first into her new position.

“I’m just so passionate about history and it truly is an honor to get to help continue the legacy going on at the museum – to help learn the stories and help share the stories so everyone can enjoy them,” Watts said.

Watts officially came on board on Jan. 25 and is currently in the process of developing plans to spread the word about the museum.

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It’s Just Business: Veterans Incubator for better Entrepreneurship

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