Topic: History

Know Your Island Walk

Written on February 20, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Join Mike Vouri on a walk that encompasses several trails and stories, from the First Nations and American Indians, to the Royal Marines and U.S. and British settlers (with a little nature too). Saturday, February 25th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Meet at the English Camp parking lot. Dogs on leashes okay. For more information,  Continue Reading

Calling All Fairgrounds Horse Barn Memorabilia

Written on February 9, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan County Parks and Fair department is seeking photos and memories regarding the Fairgrounds horse barn. The San Juan County Parks and Fair department received a health and safety grant from the WSDA to deconstruct the existing horse barn and purchase mobile stalls for horse related events at the Fairgrounds. The Fair Board  Continue Reading

When We Said Farewell To Our Own

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

This is the February edition of the history column by the San Juan Historical Museum… This month marks the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which he signed on February 19, 1942. In response to the World War II bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan, it authorized the forced evacuation and relocation of  Continue Reading

Local Landmark Program

Written on January 16, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor launches local landmark program Owners of historic properties within the town limits are encouraged to consider landmarking their properties in a new landmark register program initiated by the Town of Friday Harbor. Historic landmark status is voluntary and may include eligibility for a growing number of preservation incentives, such as Special  Continue Reading

Three Kings from Friday Harbor

Written on January 4, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

SJ Historical Museum checks in with their first history column entry for 2017… This photo in the San Juan Historical Museum’s archives is titled simply “Three Kings.” These particular Kings are Blair, Steven and Richard. Although the photo is not dated, we can guess that it may have been taken in the early to mid  Continue Reading

Museum Archival Project

Written on December 15, 2016 at 5:56 am, by

Diana Mancel has been volunteering at the San Juan Historical Museum for a few years now and she is asking if you would like to join her in an archival project beginning in January 2017, with a completion date of May 1, 2017. Here she is with more… The project involves organizing, examining, recording and photographing the hundreds of  Continue Reading

Happy 50th Birthday, Hyak!

Written on December 7, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Historical Museum checks in with their History Column for December… As we close out the year of the San Juan Historical Museum’s 50th anniversary, we note that 1966 was also the year the super-class ferry M/V Hyak was launched. This was big news on December 17 of that year as this ferry  Continue Reading

From Automobiles to… Action!

Written on November 2, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

It’s time for the November edition of the SJ Historical Museum’s history column… This weekend’s Friday Harbor Film Festival has its office all abuzz with action, so we offer a bit of history about its building at the corner of First and West Streets. Pictured here is a charming but undated photo from a much  Continue Reading

A Women’s Study Club Play or Halloween Fun?

Written on October 5, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Shaun Hubbard shares October’s monthly column from the SJ Historical Society… This photograph is labeled simply “Bill Rosler and friend dressed in women’s clothing.” That much we know, and the rest could use a little more explanation. The photograph is undated. It is known that Bill Rosler (1878-1968) is the man on the left. It  Continue Reading

Harlots, Widows, and Barren Women

Written on September 20, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Four-Week Class on Anonymous Women in the Bible A four-week class on “Harlots, Widows, and Barren Women” explores some of the nameless women whom biblical history has forgotten. Led by Dr. Rebecca Moore, the course will look at the ways in which narratives about these unnamed women contribute to the theologies that appear in the  Continue Reading

Oyster Stew, Senator Henry M. Jackson, and LBJ

Written on September 7, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

It’s time for the September edition of the Historical Museum’s History Column… According to San Juan Island Historical Society board minutes from August of 1964, Charles Nash reported “Henry Jackson wants to know if the residents of San Juan Island are interested in the national government proposal for making English Camp a national monument.” The  Continue Reading

Mount Grant Geological Interpretive Walk

Written on August 30, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

Explore the geology of Mount Grant Preserve! Local geologist, Julia Turney, will lead an interpretive walk up the Mount Grant access road, stopping to look at rock exposures and geologic features. Over the course of the walk, Julia will unearth the general geology of the San Juan Islands, the geologic history of Mount Grant Preserve,  Continue Reading

Remembering 9/11

Written on August 29, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher shares these thoughts as we near the 15th anniversary of the events of September 11th, 2001… This year our Nation and our community mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. While we continue to grieve that traumatic day and our tragic losses, we also have a renewed opportunity to re-commit to the unity, dedication,  Continue Reading

Historic Sailing Vessel Visiting Friday Harbor

Written on August 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm, by

You’re invited to celebrate the arrival of the ketch, Golden Rule, in Friday Harbor. She will be stopping over on her way from the Vancouver Wooden Boat Show to the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. Purchased by the Quakers in 1958, she gained international recognition for her attempt to sail into the nuclear test zone in  Continue Reading

NPS Founder’s Day Event

Written on August 19, 2016 at 12:51 pm, by

Coast Salish Dedications during National Park Service Founder’s Day Event San Juan Island National Historical Park will host Washington Coast Salish Tribes and First Nations Thursday, August 25, 2016 during the National Park Service Founder’s Day celebration. Members of Lummi and Saanich nations will dedicate two canoes, two Salmon Story Boards and a Reef Net Captain Totem Pole to  Continue Reading

An Iconic Whale and a Film

Written on July 6, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

It’s time for this month’s history column from the SJI Historical Museum… Before there was Free Willy… there was Namu, the Killer Whale. How many reading this today were involved in the production of that first film 50 years ago? The Journal reported that locations here included the Friday Harbor Cannery, Friday Harbor School (anyone  Continue Reading

Historical Scavenger Hunt

Written on June 25, 2016 at 9:27 am, by

San Juan Island Historical Scavenger Hunt Here’s a fun way to explore San Juan Island this summer, and perhaps win a cool prize for your family at the same time! San Juan Historical Society and Museum, in partnership with Ernie’s Café, is sponsoring a Historical Scavenger Hunt, with the prize winners being drawn on October 1,  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on June 22, 2016 at 5:58 am, by

Trails Committee member Bill Severson will take us on a search for the “Hidden world” quarry. Meet at the Lime Kiln State Park parking lot, remember to bring your Discover Pass. This 3-mile walk has some significant ups and downs. Dogs on leashes okay. Saturday June 25th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm For more information,  Continue Reading

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