Topic: History

On This Day in History

Written on June 15, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Does the name Lyman Cutlar ring a bell? It was 160 years ago today that Lyman Cutlar shot a pig, thus igniting an international dispute that nearly drew the United States and Great Britain into war. The previous year, gold was struck up on the Fraser River north of here and that drew thousands of  Continue Reading

Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse, 100 years of light 

Written on June 5, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… We will be hearing a lot about our iconic lighthouse this month, with special events to celebrate its Centennial. It stands today, as in the past, a seaside witness to much island history. From shipwrecks and storms to film shoots, weddings and whales, this  Continue Reading

Bert Chandler – D-Day Hero

Written on May 27, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today, we have this very special note from Cheri Hancock… My father, Bert Chandler, is one of the last remaining American D-Day heroes. He was in the first wave of boats to hit Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. (Army, 1st Division AKA the “Big Red One”, 16th Regiment).  Continue Reading

Youth Heritage Project

Written on May 9, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

Here’s an educational and recreational opportunity for high school aged youth and teachers… It’s the Youth Heritage Project (YHP) – an annual multi-day heritage field school that engages participants by connecting them to historic, cultural, and natural resources in Washington. YHP engages students hands-on as they expand their knowledge about historic preservation and develop an  Continue Reading

Bohemian /bōˈhēmēən/

Written on May 5, 2019 at 9:31 am, by

Sandy invites you to her event on Monday evening… Bohemian /bōˈhēmēən/ (noun) A person who is interested in art, music, and/or literature, and lives in a very informal way, ignoring the usually accepted ways of behaving. Cambridge English Dictionary This coming Monday, May 6th, at 7 pm, at the SJI Library, I will be giving  Continue Reading

It’s History Lives Here Month

Written on May 1, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The American experience is composed of many local histories, common or unique. When we say “History Lives Here,” it is to bring attention to our community’s often somewhat hidden, or at least not broadly remembered, rich local history. It is an effort to bring our history out of organization archives and personal collections to share  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talks: Marjorie Walker

Written on May 1, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Marjorie Walker was born to a wealthy New York family, attended the prestigious Art Students League in New York, and traveled the world before finding her way to San Juan Island in 1949 to become the island’s first professionally-trained artist.  Sandy Strehlou will cover her fascinating life before and after she discovered the island. Monday,  Continue Reading

“History Lives Here” Brings Island Stories to Life in May

Written on April 30, 2019 at 4:50 pm, by

Peek into San Juan Islands History: Fish Tales, the First Artist, & the Last Lighthouse A rogue barnyard animal starting a war sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. But here in the San Juan Islands, we know it’s a true story. Discover the saga of the “Pig War,” and other colorful stories during  Continue Reading

Let’s play ball!

Written on April 4, 2019 at 8:52 am, by

This month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society & Museum poses many questions… These two striking photographs were shared by the family of one of these Friday Harbor Tigers teammates. At last month’s 3rd Annual Show and Tell evening at the Library, archives researcher Andy Zall presented on the importance of “reading” a  Continue Reading

SJINHP Accepting Applications for Teacher Ranger Teacher Program

Written on April 4, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park announces that it is accepting applications for the 2019 Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program. Teacher Ranger Teacher is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and  Continue Reading

It’s always a good day!

Written on March 6, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… “It’s always a good day!” – Etta Lightheart Egeland, on any given day of her life in response to “Have a good day!” This is National Women’s History Month, designated by Congress in 1987. Who better to feature this month for women’s  Continue Reading

A Friday Harbor Centennial Flashback

Written on February 6, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

It’s time for this month’s history column from The San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Click on photos for larger image… Could it already be ten years since islanders, present and past, came together to celebrate Friday Harbor’s 100th birthday? Although Friday Harbor had been a well-established town since named as the County Seat in 1873,  Continue Reading

Celebrating the 40 Year History of The Whale Museum

Written on January 2, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

It’s time for this month’s history column from The San Juan Historical Society and Museum… The big picture for a place’s history is more than its people, events, and institutions. The big picture includes the history of such things as its geology, weather, and wildlife — its natural history. The Whale Museum has been in the  Continue Reading

Marjorie Walker Art Exhibit

Written on December 19, 2018 at 9:19 am, by

New art installation features Marjorie Walker: Artist, Bohemian, Islander The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce a new outdoor public art history installation in the Sunshine Alley breezeway. The exhibit honors late artist and San Juan Island resident Marjorie Walker (1906-1992) and will be displayed through 2019. Walker was born in 1906 in  Continue Reading

We remember Kitty Roberts

Written on December 5, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s the monthly History Column for December from San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Local history is written one event, one day, one person at a time. Kitty Roberts was one of those people who contributed to island history with her life. She graciously shared island history, supported it, and inspired many to care about  Continue Reading

Museum Thanks Town and Mayor

Written on November 20, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

The Board of Trustees and staff of the San Juan Historical Society and Museum would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Town of Friday Harbor Council and Mayor Farhad Ghatan for the new Historical Museum directional sign at the corner of Spring and Price Streets. Even though the museum has been located  Continue Reading

Remembering Those Who Served

Written on November 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm, by

San Juan Update reader Mary Jane Anderson shares this resource with you to see who all from San Juan County served in World War One, the war that ended 100 years ago this year. Check out the listing here: http://thirdstbooks.com/ww1sanjuan.html Thank you Mary, and thanks to all those who served.

Of Pandemics, Sacrifice, and Peace

Written on November 7, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

This month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Although it’s now been 100 years since the end of World War I, many of us grew up with first hand stories of fear, bravery and all too often, sadness about family experiences with the double punch of world war and a pandemic  Continue Reading

First Air Mail from Friday Harbor

Written on October 3, 2018 at 10:52 am, by

SJI Historical Museum’s History Article for October… The date was May 19, 1938. Local pilot Kenneth McKenzie offered his Savoig-Marchetti amphibian plane, pictured here. His passenger was Friday Harbor Assistant Postmaster Melville Hemphill. Postmaster Walter Arend reported that 1,152 pieces of mail destined for Oak Harbor and Seattle were loaded for the noon departure from the harbor  Continue Reading

First Annual Back to School Ice Cream Social

Written on September 13, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

On Sunday, September 16, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, the San Juan Historical Museum will host the First Annual Back to School Ice Cream Social on their grounds at 405 Price Street. There will be Bowls of vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and toppings (Yum!) with a suggested donation of $5.00. All proceeds will aid  Continue Reading

When No. 2 Schoolhouse was More than a Road

Written on September 5, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Here’s the monthly History Column for September from San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Island schools are back in full swing and we can’t help but look fondly upon school photos from long ago. There is a lot to see in these two photographs taken at No. 2 Schoolhouse over 100 years ago. We are  Continue Reading

A Sailor’s Woolie Mystery

Written on August 1, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Here’s the monthly History Column for August from San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Determining provenance is a particular element of historical research. As viewers of PBS Television’s Antiques Roadshow know, provenance is “a record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.” The provenance  Continue Reading