The first Fort Worden Kitemakers Conference
was held in 1983. Conference pins were not made for the first few
years. The planning committee created the first pin in 1990. It
was a simple rectangle, gold and black, and not dated. That same
year, a few pin collectors decided our conference was a great opportunity
to add another pin to their collection. Their red and yellow pin
was not sanctioned by the Ft. Worden planning committee.
From 1991 thru 1993, there was only one
pin each year. 1994 thru 2003 saw two pin versions: the official
conference pin was given or sold to attendees plus a “thank
you” pin was given to teachers, teacher’s assistants,
staff, and volunteers. Also in 2003, Fort Worden gave a pin to those
participating in the Fort Worden kite fly at the Washington State
International Kite Festival.
The official conference pin gets it's design
from the current year's logo. Most of them highlight a kite to be
taught at the conference. Pins vary in shape and size, color scheme,
and type of metal used.
Since 2004 the number of pin versions has
gradually increased. In 2009, five pins were made, available mainly
as thank you's to the people making the conference possible. Categories
can include staff, teachers, volunteers, newcomers. These pins only
vary in color from the official pin.
In 2005 the planning committee added a special
limited edition pin. This pin is a unique color version and only
six are made. These six pins are used as raffle give-a-ways during
the current conference. The special limited edition raffel pin continues
The Ft. Worden Vice President maintains
an Archival Pin display. It contains one of each pin sold or given
away. These pins are on display at all conferences.
Use the thumbs below to see photos of the
pins. It is like taking a walk through our conference’s history.
Thank you for visiting the Fort Worden Kitemakers
Conference pin archive.