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

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

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July 29 – 31, 2016 Encampment at English Camp

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 Encampment 2016 English Camp, San Juan Island, WA

    History comes alive every summer at English Camp, and the activities, demonstrations and talks are free. Don’t Miss it! July 29th Friday 2pm Folkways living and cooking demonstrati0ns 7:30pm History Talk: The Life of Miss Abby Williams Hill, artist, writer, explorer July 30th Saturday 10am history re-enacted: games, school, blacksmithing, music 1:30pm Mrs. Mouat’s Etiquette Symposium 3pm Cricket (the game, not the insect!) 8pm Centennial lBall July 31st, Sunday 10am history re-enacted: games, school, blacksmithing, music 1:30pm Mrs. Mouat’s Etiquette Symposium   For more information visit www.nps.gov/sajh


San Juan Island Scavenger Hunt for Adventurous History Buffs!

Monday, June 27th, 2016 San Juan Historical Museum Artifacts

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, 2016. This Hunt takes you off the usual tourism paths and deeper into the history of San Juan Island. There are eight sites (GPS provided in brochure), and every one provides an opportunity to learn about a different aspect of the history of the island. Take your time, enjoy the

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Orca Sing 2016 @ Lime Kiln State Park

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Orca Sing 2016, June 25 at Lime Kiln Point State Park, 7 p.m. Orca Sing is an annual event where people gather for an evening of music at Lime Kiln Point State Park to honor the Southern Resident orcas. This year’s event is the 17th annual and will take place on Saturday, June 25, beginning at 7 p.m. This year, Seattle’s City Cantabile Choir will perform. We will also celebrate Washington State Parks and Orca Awareness Month. While there is no guarantee, we hope that the orcas will grace us with a pass-by. The event is free and open to the

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Rosario Music Concert & Historical Narrative Saturday

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016 | 4:00pm Enjoy a presentation of music and photography that walks guests through the history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate with Christopher Peacock. Highlights of the presentation include the historic Moran Photograph Collection, Phantom of the Opera music performed on the Mansion’s 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ with the silent film, stories of the Mansion’s most colorful residents, and Christopher’s original piano compositions played on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano. For more  information call Rosario at 360-376-2152, ext. 300.