Topic: History

Preserving Our History: The Blockhouse at English Camp

Written on February 11, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

The blockhouse at English Camp is possibly the most iconic structural link to our island’s Pig War history. Recently, in a box of old family papers, I found an old photograph of English Camp from a time when the blockhouse looks about to collapse into the bay. I asked David Harsh who worked with the  Continue Reading

Going Happily to the Dogs

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

February is a month known for two holidays, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day. Since we don’t have any photos of visiting U.S. Presidents in our archives, we’re going with Valentine’s Day for this month’s column; just not in the traditional sense. Although it’s a holiday for sweethearts and friendship, this time in true island style,  Continue Reading

Imogen Cunningham: Through My Lens

Written on January 31, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art, SJIMA, will open an exhibition by world renowned Pacific Northwest photographer Imogen Cunningham, courtesy of the Imogen Cunningham Trust and its director, San Juan County resident Meg Partridge, Cunningham’s granddaughter, and an award winning documentary filmmaker. Imogen Cunningham: Through My Lens will be on view from February 17th  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Small Treasures from the Mullis Family

Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… Earlier this month I took the Mullis Center’s bus to Mt Vernon on the regular monthly shopping and medical appointments trip. I went to meet my sister Sally and deliver late Christmas presents. What I brought home was a large box of “old Friday  Continue Reading

Town Seeks Board Members

Written on January 25, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is looking for two people to fill immediate vacancies on the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). The best candidates are people who appreciate Friday Harbor’s history and historic sites, and are willing to attend two meetings a month to help preserve Friday Harbor’s rural character. At least one of the  Continue Reading

The Wreck of the SS Clallam

Written on January 3, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

It’s time for the Historical Museum’s monthly History Column… A clairvoyant bell sheep and a gale most foul: The Wreck of the SS Clallam A benefit of writing about local history is that we can tell a story in the context of our own place and our own people. What was once international news, recounted  Continue Reading

A Wonderful Gift for the Historical Museum

Written on December 22, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the history of San Juan Island are key components of the San Juan Historical Society and Museum’s mission. With the maintenance of 1.6 acres of property, eight buildings averaging 90 years of age, insurance and utilities, there are many expenses involved with the overall day to day running of your Historical  Continue Reading

Bouncing Back

Written on December 6, 2017 at 9:46 am, by

Here is this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Bouncing back to 1947-48 Friday Harbor Basketball This gem of a sports photo is especially prized for its identification of each person in the Friday Harbor High School Boys Basketball team portrait from 70 years ago. Who do you recognize in  Continue Reading

Writing Our History Project: Marjorie Walker

Written on December 1, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

A committee of the Writing Our History Project members and the Town of Friday Harbor Arts Commission is looking for artwork by, and stories about artist and islander Marjorie Walker. If any of your readers have information, art, letters, articles about or anything that would contribute to an upcoming history installation and historylink.org essay we  Continue Reading

A 1987 Thanksgiving Poem of Memories

Written on November 1, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan Historical Museum checks in with the November edition of their History Column… “Your grandma used to tell me about the land, every bit these young people cleared by hand.” This was a King family memory included in a poem read on Thanksgiving Day thirty years ago at the Friday Harbor Grange Hall, where  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on October 21, 2017 at 12:14 pm, by

This is the last Know Your Island Walk for 2017 –  a little history with a walk on the Wild West Side. Doug McCutchen will take us on the main trails through the west side with a focus on ecological and human history including lime mining, agriculture, tribes and first nations, Hawaiians, fish traps and  Continue Reading

Angel or Witch?

Written on October 4, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

It’s time for the October edition of the SJ Historical Society’s History Column… That’s no angel, it’s a witch. Each month the Historical Museum shares a photograph that has some kind of tie-in with that particular month. It could be an event, a person, a community milestone, or a holiday. This month’s photograph of Middleton’s  Continue Reading

Mrs. Bave Presents the Pig War

Written on October 3, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Coming to San Juan Island, One night only! Saturday, October 7th The almost true story of a play that nearly happened about a war that never occurred, as told by the mannequins who were there! The intersection of two true stories: the inspirational story of the battle between the United States and Britain over the  Continue Reading

Special Meeting with Candace Wellman

Written on September 27, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

You Are Invited! There will be a special meeting with author Candace Wellman and members of the Writing Our History Project (WOHP) at 11:30 am, Wednesday, September 27th in the community meeting room at the San Juan Island Library. Candace will be talking about her new book (Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast through Cross-Cultural  Continue Reading

SVC Offers US history course

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College offers US history course Could there be a more interesting course to take than one covering the recent US history of the 20th and 21st centuries?? Study the events in history that lead right up to our doorstep of current headlines. The title of the course is: History  Continue Reading

From the Journal of Frank Mullis: San Juan Island, September 1905

Written on September 11, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Have you ever wondered what it was like here over 100 years ago? This excerpt from 19 year old Frank Mullis’s Journal of 1905 reveals that in some ways things remain the same. There is still a lot of fruit to pick and process this time of year. What about his cure for the common  Continue Reading

“Tripping the light fantastic” for a Teacher

Written on September 6, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

It’s time for the September edition of the SJ Historical Society’s History Column… With school back in session, we’re thinking of teachers and students from times past, as well. Mark Rosler’s sweet note, pictured here, was found written inside a textbook now preserved in the San Juan Historical Society & Museum’s archives. Mark wrote this  Continue Reading

Island Senior: The Misses Ada and Ella Mullis, Friday Harbor Milliners

Written on August 15, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

San Juan Island has long been home to independent and resourceful women. There were the native women whose wisdom and generosity our early pioneers relied on. There have been stalwart farmwomen who side by side with their husbands or on their own managed to create livelihoods from crops and livestock. And then there were the  Continue Reading

Wearing Identity – Art and Adornment on the Northwest Coast

Written on August 13, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

From tattoos to tennis shoes, cedar back capes to designer hoodies, clothing and jewelry has always communicated deep history and contemporary affiliations. Wearing Identity – Art and Adornment on the Northwest Coast presented by Katie Bunn-Marcuse is sponsored by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). The talk at The Grange in Friday Harbor  Continue Reading

The Rendezvous, an island homecoming

Written on August 2, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

SJI Historical Society checks in with their August edition of the History Column… Could you be in this picture? Here we see a beach scene from the legendary annual salmon feast known as The Rendezvous. The snapshot is described as being taken in the 1950s, in the area now known as Shipyard Cove Marina. The  Continue Reading

Book Signing with Boyd

Written on July 8, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Enjoy a special evening on the Westside with a lighthouse tour and a reading by local historian, Boyd C. Pratt, from his latest book LIME: Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands! History buffs of all ages are welcome and encouraged to visit the historic structures at the state park and the Land Bank  Continue Reading

Canoe Journey – Standing Together

Written on July 7, 2017 at 5:56 am, by

Each summer inter-tribal canoes depart from their homeland to a common destination within Coast Salish territory. Canoes will pass through the San Juan Islands on their way to the final destination in the Campbell River with the We Wai Kai Nation & Wei Wai Kum Nation. Canoe families, relatives, friends and spectators are invited to  Continue Reading