SJ Museum’s 50th
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Marks 50 years as a Museum for San Juan Historical Society
The San Juan Historical Society and Museum will celebrate their 50th year of the Museum on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 11am to 3pm. The public is cordially invited to an admission-free day filled with exhibits, music, stories, and the opportunity to browse through some vintage local newspapers, and pore over Pioneer Picnic scrapbooks from decades gone by. There will be storytellers and docents to serve as guides, and there will be cake!
The San Juan Historical Society achieved Museum status on May 17, 1966, thanks to generous islander George Peacock. Peacock donated the historical King farmhouse to the Society, for use as a Museum, and it did not take long to fill its rooms with artifacts and memories of San Juan Island. The family home and the carriage house were joined, over the years, by a variety of other buildings, including the infamous San Juan County jailhouse.
In 2013, work began on the Museum of History and Industry (MHI), and two of this new exhibit’s halls will be open this summer for regular tours. When completed, the MHI will contain historical and interactive exhibits displaying the stories of the four primary industries through San Juan Island’s history: farming, fishing, logging and lime.
As the Society celebrates its past 50 years of community education, involvement and enrichment, it also looks ahead to the future of the Museum and the opportunities to preserve and contribute to the culture of the San Juan Island community.
The museum begins its summer opening hours in May: Thursdays through Saturdays, 10am – 4pm and Sundays 1-4pm.
Group Tours are available by appointment. Admission fee is $6 per person. Visit our website at www.sjmusuem.org or call us at 360-378-3949.