HISTORY LIVES HERE—–a blog about local history and historic preservation for Friday Harbor on San Juan Island

A Walk in the Far, Far Past

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 98_jakles_mt_finlayson

  Join National Parks Education Specialist, Raena Parsons, on a journey millions of years in the past. We will investigate the geologic forces that shaped San Juan Island, demonstrate plate tectonics (with cookies–yum!), and discuss earthquakes and other geologic hazards in our region. Comfortable hiking shoes, warm layers, and a sense of adventure are recommended. Meet in the American Camp Visitor Center parking lot. Saturday March 25, 1-4 pm. Free to the public

The Women’s Study Club: How San Juan Island women preserved history and steered the future of our community.

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 Fanny Driggs, First President, Friday Harbor Women's Study Club

  The Women’s Study Club was active on San Juan Island for 95 years. Pictured here is Fanny Lake Driggs, its first president in 1914. Prior to disbanding in 2008, the club’s dedication to community service and lifelong learning inspired countless future civic leaders. Its legacies include Memorial Park, educational scholarships, and saving the church building we know today as the Grange. Join San Juan Historical Society & Museum board member Robin Jacobson at the Village at the Harbor on Thursday, September 8th, at 1:30pm for a presentation on this visionary group which dared to think big. The public is


A Glimpse of Victorian Life

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 This Victorian Life

Wednesday, September 21st, 7pm, San Juan Island Library. Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman are a married couple engaged in a long-term experimental study of culture and technologies of the late nineteenth century. They live entirely as Victorians did: without electricity, phones and modern conveniences, dressing in styles popular during the Victorian era. This event is made possible by the Friends of the Library and is free to the public.

Coast Salish and First Nations Join SJI Natl Historical Park Celebration

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 canoe

  SJI National Historical Park will host Washington Coast Salish Tribes and First Nations Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 during the Natl 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 the National Park to commemorate the National Park Service Centennial.   Free to the public. 2pm Public Ceremony 3:30pm Birthday Cake and Family-friendly activities 3:45pm Master canoe builder Dean Washington and canoe navigator Matt Wicky Free shuttle bus from FH ferry landing to the park at 2pm and returns at 4pm The


Music in the American Wild

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 Music in the American Wild Logo

      Celebrate the 110th anniversary of the National Park System with music in the outdoors. San Juan Island National Historical Park hosts “Music in the American Wild” at American and English Camp. Eleven composers and seven performers, all affiliated with Eastman School of Music as faculty or alumni, have come toget her to fill our country’s grandest natural venues with a new opus of inherently American music. During the summer of 2016 our performers will tour seven celebrated national parks to premiere these new works in the amazing places that inspired them. From caves, to mountaintops, to forests