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


Tuesday Night Documentary Films @ the Historic Grange Hall

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 fh ff @ the Grange re-size

Don’t miss screenings of the documentary films at the Grange at 7pm on the first and third Tuesdays showing January through May at the historic San Juan Island Grange. These films were part of last October’s Friday Harbor Film Festival. The Grange film series is free, however donations received at the door will support the 2014 Festival. January 21: The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom (55 minutes),  Honor and Sacrifice (28 minutes) February 4:  Girl Rising (109 minutes) February 18: Taylor Camp (89 minutes) March 4: The Whale (85 minutes) March 18: Blackwave/25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill


May 2012 National Historic Preservation Month

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 Photo courtesy of the San Juan Historical Museum.

Who were the explorers, entrepreneurs and soldiers who first explored and laid claim to the San Juans? Why did some choose to stay and settle in the relative isolation of the Salish Sea? What kind of person lives here today? Each year during the month of May, the Town of Friday Harbor helps tell the story of the people and places of the San Juans by celebrating National Historic Preservation Month. Guided walking tours, local history talks and other special events attract island visitors and residents alike, and portray the past as long-time islanders lived and remember it. For a


Secretary of State Tours Friday Harbor

Friday, July 29th, 2011 Friday Harbor Town Hall

Talking History with Secretary of State Sam Reed This May, during Friday Harbor’s celebration of National Preservation Month, we had a special visitor: WA Secretary of State Sam Reed. While here, he requested a private tour of Friday Harbor’s historic district and the San Juan County Courthouse. Town of Friday Harbor Historic Preservation Coordinator Sandy Strehlou led the historic district tour; District Court Administrator Marion Melville led the tour through the 1906 courthouse. The tours were Secretary Reed’s idea; Strehlou and Melville were all too happy to oblige. Even the weather cooperated offering up one of the first sunny days