National Historical Park visitor centers announce opening dates

Posted April 26, 2022 at 10:30 am by

San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park shares an update about the open­ing of its Eng­lish Camp and Amer­i­can Camp vis­i­tors this spring and summer.

San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park is get­ting ready to open its vis­i­tor cen­ters for the year.

This year, the Eng­lish Camp Vis­i­tor Cen­ter will open Fri­day, May 28, and will remain open until Octo­ber 1. The Amer­i­can Camp Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, where staff and vol­un­teers are work­ing on vis­i­tor enhance­ments and installing a brand new, state of the art exhibits, will open the week­end of July 4. San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park received over 630,000 vis­i­tors in 2021, a steep increase above past years. Our sea­son­al staff and park hosts are ready and excit­ed to wel­come you to our park.

The new Amer­i­can Camp Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, cre­at­ed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the park-asso­ci­at­ed Tribes of San Juan Island, will be unlike any oth­er park facil­i­ty we have built. Park staff have worked close­ly with artists, arti­sans, schol­ars, and sci­en­tists to cre­ate a com­mu­ni­ty facil­i­ty that pays trib­ute to the mul­ti­ple his­to­ries of San Juan Island and their mean­ing for dif­fer­ent indi­vid­u­als and groups and the unique envi­ron­ment of our island.

Reg­u­lar pro­gram­ming sched­uled for this sum­mer include guid­ed walks, his­tor­i­cal tours, liv­ing his­to­ry, and recur­ring Mon­day night con­tra danc­ing. This year is the 150th anniver­sary of the Bound­ary Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion which ensured a peace­ful set­tle­ment to The Pig War; we have already begun pro­gram­ming and have much more on hand this sum­mer. A major high­light will be the long await­ed return of pop­u­lar mul­ti-day liv­ing his­to­ry encamp­ment which will return to Eng­lish Camp in ear­ly August. If you or your orga­ni­za­tion would like to part­ner with us to com­mem­o­rate this his­to­ry, please con­tact us.

Our staff is excit­ed to see vis­i­tors new and old this summer.

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  1. i would like to know if bench­es are con­tem­plat­ed at the read­out gun fortification.

    Comment by walter w cooter on April 26, 2022 at 12:19 pm
  2. I would also wel­come bench­es there and at oth­er places in the Park.

    Comment by Louise Dustrude on April 26, 2022 at 12:52 pm
  3. Bench­es through­out the Park! What a great idea!

    Comment by Margaret Bell on April 27, 2022 at 6:09 am

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