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Category: EventsFrazer Homestead Guided History Walk

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2:00 pm4:00 pm

Many of today's island families are descended from U.S. Army soldiers. Join Park Historian Mike Vouri and learn more about how American Camp's "frontiersmen in blue" played a key role in pioneering Euro-American settlement of San Juan Island. Vouri also will discuss how agricultural operations changed the character of island landscapes, at American Camp.

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Category: EventsA Walk to the Salmon Bank

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2:00 pm3:30 pm

Accompany a park ranger or volunteer on this cross-prairie journey to the historic Salmon Bank at South Beach, where springs attracted Indians and Europeans alike. This activity can be strenuous. This walk can also be upon request. Call (360) 378-2240 ext. 2228 for more info.

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Category: MeetingsHistoric Preservation Review Board Meeting

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6:00 pm7:00 pm

The Town of Friday Harbor Historic Preservation Review Board discusses preservation issues and assists residents with rehab and preservation projects. These meetings are open to the public. Upcoming agendas and video recordings of past meetings are available at www.fridayharbor.org.

Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting

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Category: EventsHistory Talk: Ebey's Landing to American Camp

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7:00 pm9:00 pm

FRIDAY HARBOR, WASHINGTON -- On most days you can see the bluffs of Whidbey Island from American Camp’s redoubt, but the connections between Whidbey and San Juan run deeper than mere proximity. Learn why from Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve interpreter Lynn Hyde during an illustrated talk scheduled at 7 p.m., Friday July 18 in the San Juan island library.

The program is free. Call the park at 360-378-2240, ext. 2226 for information.

In the 1850s all western Washington communities faced the Puget Sound—the maritime "Main Street" of the Washington Territory—as distances between European settlements were often much shorter by vessel than they are now by automobile, according to Hyde. Two of the founding fathers of the community that is now Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve on Whidbey played important roles in the San Juan Island border dispute between Great Britain and the United States, Hyde said.

Most prominent among them were political leader Isaac Ebey and military leader U.S. Army Maj. Granville O. Haller. Ebey triggered the first international incident when he attempted to collect customs duties from Charles Griffin, agent for Belle Vue Sheep Farm, shortly after nearly 1,400 sheep were landed on the island. As commander of Co. I, 4th Infantry at Fort Townsend, Haller was directly involved in the Pig War crisis of 1859.

“Both helped insure that the international border settled where it is today, and by so doing, forged the historical links between the two communities,” Hyde said.
Hyde is the Education and Outreach coordinator for the Reserve, based in Coupeville. A former high school English teacher from Seattle, she made the move to public history in 2007 in New England. There she was the Director of Education at The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, a partner site of Minute Man National Historical Park.

Her love of Pacific Northwest history brought her home to Washington in 2011 to serve as an interpretive ranger at North Cascades National Park and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Seattle. In 2012 she joined the Reserve staff to expand their public history offerings, and brings new perspectives on interpreting and preserving historic sites home to the West Coast.

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Category: EventsContra Dance @ the Grange Hall

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7:00 pm9:00 pm

On the third Saturday of every month the SJI Grange #966 holds a community contra dance in the historic Grange Hall. No experience is necessary because all dances are taught. No partner? No worries, everyone is welcome! A $10 per person donation is suggested; students $5. For information call 360.378.3836.

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Category: EventsHistory Talk: Doctors of San Juan Island

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7:00 pm10:31 pm

Join the San Juan Historical Museum for a historical perspective on several notable medical professionals who served on the island: Dr. Connor Reed, Dr. Thomas Judge, Dr. Victor Capron, Dr. Malcolm Heath and county health nurse Elsie Scott. Speakers for this event include Susan Reed, Mary Ellen Judge and Mary Jean Cahail.

Those attending this event will be invited to share there own personal memories. Essays on these Reed, Judge, Capron, Heath and Scott are currently being researched by local history writers participating in the Writing Our History Project. Information shared at this event will contribute to this on-going work.

Suggested donation is $5; free for museum members. For more information call 360.378.3949 or museum_admin@sjmuseum.org.

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Category: EventsA Walk to the Salmon Bank

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2:00 pm3:30 pm

Accompany a park ranger or volunteer on this corss-prairie journey to the historic Salmon Bank at South Beach, where springs attracted Indians and Europeans alike. This activity can be strenuous. Thursdays, 2-3:30pm, June 5 through August 28th. American Camp parking area. For info call 360.378.2240 x2233. This event is free.

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Category: EventsEncampment Weekend 2014

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Park staff, volunteers and re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada recreate life on San Juan Island at mid-19th century. The event will include demonstrations of blacksmithing, wood working, women's fashions and black powder firing of 19th century longarms and Battery D's 12-pounder mountain howitzer. The Candlelight Ball is scheduled for 8 to 10 pm on Saturday. Karen Haas will present "I Am Always on the Women's Side - Civil War Vignettes" at 7pm, Friday, July 25 in the English Camp barracks.

Category: EventsPig War Story Guided Walk

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11:00 am12:00 pm

Park rangers and volunteers describe events leading up to and including the Pig War and the peaceful joint occupation of San Juan Island by English and American troops. Saturdays, 11am - noon, June 7 to August 30th, American Camp, San Juan Island, WA. Free to the public.

Category: EventsCapt. Delacombe's English Camp History Walk

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11:00 am12:30 pm

Join National Park Services volunteer Paul Kitchen for this guided walk and learn how the Royal Marines lived during the 12-year joint occupation by British and American troops on San Juan Island. Saturdays, 11am to 12:30pm, June 7th though August 30th. Meet in the English Camp parking lot.

Category: EventsLiving History: Reenactors of the Pig War

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12:00 pm3:00 pm

Living History:L Life during the Joint Military Occupation on San Juan Island. Park rangers and volutneers recreate military and civilian life during the island's early pioneer period. Activities include blacksmithing, coopering, weaving, needlework and exhiibitions of military equipment and skills. Saturdays, noon until 3pm, June 7th to August 30th, English Cmp parade ground. For information call 360.378.2240 x2233.

Category: EventsNorthwest Pioneer Folkways Demonstrations

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12:00 pm3:00 pm

Author and educator Janet Oakley will set up at Encampment for demonstrations of pioneer folkways, including butter churning, Dutch oven baking and other household tasks. Noon to 3pm, Saturday, July 26, English Camp parade ground.

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Category: EventsEncampment Weekend 2014

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Park staff, volunteers and re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada recreate life on San Juan Island at mid-19th century. The event will include demonstrations of blacksmithing, wood working, women's fashions and black powder firing of 19th century longarms and Battery D's 12-pounder mountain howitzer. The Candlelight Ball is scheduled for 8 to 10 pm on Saturday. Karen Haas will present "I Am Always on the Women's Side - Civil War Vignettes" at 7pm, Friday, July 25 in the English Camp barracks.

Category: EventsYoung Hill/Royal Marine Cemetery Guided Walk

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2:00 pm4:00 pm

Serious hikers will enjoy this two-hour journey, led by Park Historian Mike Vouri upon the south slope of 650-foot Young Hill, where the summit offers views of the northern straits, Vancouver Island, and the Olympic Mountains. The hike cal also divert to 410-foot Mitchell Hill. See the Royal Marine Cemetery and the Garry oak woodland. Sundays from 2-4pm, June 8 to August 31st. Meet at the north end of the English Camp parking area. This event if free.

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Category: EventsDancing at English Camp

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7:00 pm9:00 pm

Contra Dancing at English Camp. Folk singer Michael Cohen and local folk musicians present an evening of traditional folk tunes and dancing for those wishing a turn on the floor. Cohen plays regularly at the San Juan Farmers' market. He has worked with the Smithsonian in cataloguing America folk music. Some dancers come in period clothing; the dance takes place in the historic English Camp barracks. This is a beautiful and fluid step (or dance) back in time. Dancers welcomed whether in period clothing or contemporary. There is no charge for this event. Mondays, 7:30pm - 9pm, June 9th through August 18, English Camp.

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Category: EventsA Walk to the Salmon Bank

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2:00 pm3:30 pm

Accompany a park ranger or volunteer on this corss-prairie journey to the historic Salmon Bank at South Beach, where springs attracted Indians and Europeans alike. This activity can be strenuous. Thursdays, 2-3:30pm, June 5 through August 28th. American Camp parking area. For info call 360.378.2240 x2233. This event is free.

Category: EventsPioneer Stories

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8:15 pm

Join Washington State's beloved storyteller Karen Haas for an entertaining evening of pioneer lore as told by the people who lived it. Highlight of the evening will be her renditions of Thea Foss, on whom the "Tugmoat Annie" stories are loosely based. 8:15pm, Thursday, July 31, San Juan Island Library. There is no admission fee for this event.

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Category: EventsWeaving Weekend

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Weavers from throughout San Juan Island and Washington State will gather for the weekend to demonstrate how European and American Indian and First Nation techniques melded to create woven objects and clothing unique to the Pacific Northwest. All day, Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3, English Camp parade ground.

Category: EventsPig War Story Guided Walk

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11:00 am12:00 pm

Park rangers and volunteers describe events leading up to and including the Pig War and the peaceful joint occupation of San Juan Island by English and American troops. Saturdays, 11am - noon, June 7 to August 30th, American Camp, San Juan Island, WA. Free to the public.

Category: EventsCapt. Delacombe's English Camp History Walk

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11:00 am12:30 pm

Join National Park Services volunteer Paul Kitchen for this guided walk and learn how the Royal Marines lived during the 12-year joint occupation by British and American troops on San Juan Island. Saturdays, 11am to 12:30pm, June 7th though August 30th. Meet in the English Camp parking lot.

Category: EventsLiving History: Reenactors of the Pig War

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12:00 pm3:00 pm

Living History:L Life during the Joint Military Occupation on San Juan Island. Park rangers and volutneers recreate military and civilian life during the island's early pioneer period. Activities include blacksmithing, coopering, weaving, needlework and exhiibitions of military equipment and skills. Saturdays, noon until 3pm, June 7th to August 30th, English Cmp parade ground. For information call 360.378.2240 x2233.

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Category: EventsWeaving Weekend

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Weavers from throughout San Juan Island and Washington State will gather for the weekend to demonstrate how European and American Indian and First Nation techniques melded to create woven objects and clothing unique to the Pacific Northwest. All day, Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3, English Camp parade ground.

Category: EventsYoung Hill/Royal Marine Cemetery Guided Walk

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2:00 pm4:00 pm

Serious hikers will enjoy this two-hour journey, led by Park Historian Mike Vouri upon the south slope of 650-foot Young Hill, where the summit offers views of the northern straits, Vancouver Island, and the Olympic Mountains. The hike cal also divert to 410-foot Mitchell Hill. See the Royal Marine Cemetery and the Garry oak woodland. Sundays from 2-4pm, June 8 to August 31st. Meet at the north end of the English Camp parking area. This event if free.