Topic: History

Author Event at the Library

Written on June 13, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are collaborating to introduce readers and history buffs to La Conner author, Ashley Sweeney, and her debut novel Eliza Waite on Saturday, June 18, 7:00 pm at the Library. Set in the San Juan Islands in 1898, Eliza Waite recounts the story of a disenfranchised woman  Continue Reading

Ten Reasons Why

Written on June 7, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Review Board and here are Ten Reasons Why you should serve: You love old buildings and local history. You live on San Juan Island (bonus points if you live in Friday Harbor)! You understand that preserving historic buildings is the original sustainable “green” building  Continue Reading

Hotel de Haro

Written on June 1, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society… This month’s peek into the past shows us a relatively rare interior photograph from about 1900. This scene shows two people relaxing in what is now the Sunset Suite of the Hotel de Haro at Roche Harbor, which is celebrating its 130th birthday this year. We  Continue Reading

50th Anniversary!

Written on May 18, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

This weekend the San Juan Historical Society and Museum celebrates their 50 year anniversary. Lots will be happening up there and it will be a great opportunity for you to check out the progress they’re making on the newest exhibit – their Museum of History and Industry (MHI) of San Juan Island. When completed (hopefully within the  Continue Reading

Wings Over Orcas Island – An Aviation Exhibit

Written on May 17, 2016 at 5:57 am, by

Do you know who established the first scheduled air taxi-commuter airlines in the Northwest that has survived to this day? Can you name “The Flying Doc of the San Juans?” What recent Orcas resident took the famous “Earth Rise” photo from Apollo 8? Have you heard of our own humble but willing and skilled Mercy  Continue Reading

A Look Into The Past

Written on May 16, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

More great local history events are happening this month. The annual History Lives Here! month-long celebration of local history continues through the end of May with events that you won’t want to miss: Saturday Farmer’s Market @ Historic Brickworks. Every Saturday, 10am-1pm, Sunshine Alley, Friday Harbor. Annie Howell-Adams – Heritage Murals. Local artist and muralist will discuss Heritage  Continue Reading

Final Tuesday Film at FHFF

Written on May 15, 2016 at 9:10 am, by

On Tuesday May 17, Friday Harbor Film Festival wraps up their 2016 Spring Tuesday Film Series with the film No Place on Earth. Directed by Janet Tobias, this film tells the harrowing story of 38 Ukrainian Jews from five families — ranging in age from 2 to 76 — who in 1942 slid down a cold, muddy  Continue Reading

Parade Dignitaries Announced

Written on May 9, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Co-Grand Marshals and Honored Citizens for the 2016 Independence Day Parade in Friday Harbor. In keeping with the theme “America the Beautiful…100 Years of National Parks!”, the Grand Marshals will be Mike Vouri, representing the Parks Past and History, and newly appointed National  Continue Reading

History Lives Here

Written on May 4, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

It’s time for the May 2016 edition of the SJ Historical Society’s monthly history column… From Adeline to 50th Anniversary, History Lives Here This month, the San Juan Historical Society celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Museum. This photo from about 1904 shows what is assumed to be Adeline Verrier King, wife of James King, probably with their youngest daughter  Continue Reading

SJ Museum’s 50th

Written on May 4, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

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  Continue Reading

Cruise Into History: Smugglers’ Blues

Written on May 4, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Smuggling, murder and fast boats in the San Juan Islands If you love a leisurely cruise around the San Juan Islands and are curious about the smugglers of olde that haunted our shores, the Orcas Island Historical Society invites you to climb aboard the “Cruise Into History” yacht that leaves from the Orcas ferry landing  Continue Reading

Orcas Island and The Marshall Strawberry

Written on May 1, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Here’s a press release from our neighbors on Orcas Island… The Marshall Strawberry and the Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant legacy on Orcas Island were short-lived and shared succinctly intertwined legacies. Not everyone knows that what is now commonly referred to as the Artworks Building was originally the Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant and holds a special  Continue Reading

“History Lives Here”, May 2016

Written on April 22, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Every May the Town of Friday Harbor, the Islands’ historical museums, organizations and local businesses pull out the stops to celebrate local history. This year the month-long calendar of events kicks off with some great events you won’t want to miss! Click here to see the flyer with all the events. For more event information  Continue Reading

Parade Theme Announced

Written on April 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm, by

2016’s Friday Harbor 4th Of July Parade Theme Announced San Juan Island’s Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the theme for the 2016 Independence Day Parade in Friday Harbor: “America the Beautiful… 100 Years of National Parks!” The National Park Service turns 100 years of age in 2016 and San Juan Island is excited to  Continue Reading

Fragile Waters Opens on Earth Day

Written on April 19, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Fragile Waters, a traveling fine art photography exhibition, opens Saturday, April 23, Earth Day weekend, and will run through September 5, Labor Day, 2016 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), Friday Harbor, Washington. Fragile Waters is a powerful aesthetic and environmental statement, blending inspiring black-and- white photography by three renowned photographers; Ansel  Continue Reading

Fragile Waters

Written on April 17, 2016 at 9:41 am, by

Coming up next weekend, Fragile Waters calls attention to water, our most critical resource, presenting iconic work of three renowned photographers and lifelong environmentalists: Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. The 117 black-and-white photographs present a powerful collective statement. These artists communicate the beauty and vitality of water. The exhibition was curated  Continue Reading

Bill Sargeson and Jackie Hamilton: Featured Pilots

Written on April 14, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

A reception will be held at the Roy Franklin Terminal at Friday Harbor Airport on Sunday, April 17th at 2:00 p.m. to honor the Featured Pilots for 2016: Bill Sargeson and Jackie Hamilton. Islanders are invited to celebrate the occasion of this annual update of the San Juan Aviation Museum. This project, started in 2008,  Continue Reading

History Column: Women’s Study Club, Still Inspiring

Written on March 4, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Historical Museum checks in with this month’s History Column… In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, we salute the long history of the Women’s Study Club, active on the island for 95 years. Prior to disbanding in 2008, its members’ dedication to community service and lifelong learning contributed much to a  Continue Reading

Progress at the Museum

Written on February 27, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

You know that the San Juan Historical Society and Museum is working on their new project, the Museum of History and Industry, right? Click here (and here) if you need a refresher on that. Well, it’s coming along with significant progress being made, most recently a new floor, and finished walls with insulation and a heat pump in  Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, San Juan County!

Written on October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am, by

This is Part II in our new monthly series of articles about the history of San Juan County. Written by Shaun Hubbard for the Historical Society… Our county will be 140 years old on October 31 (which may have something to do with a few ghostly courthouse experiences reported over the years). This county was  Continue Reading

History Begins Now

Written on September 4, 2013 at 5:30 am, by

Announcing a new monthly series on the San Juan Update. We are teaming up with the San Juan Historical Museum to bring you a short article with a new subject each month… Here’s the first in a monthly series of archival photographs from the San Juan Historical Museum. Each image will feature a subject chosen  Continue Reading