Links and Resources
San Juan Islands
San Juan Island Historical Museum preserves and interprets historical data, information and artifacts which illustrate the heritage of San Juan Island. The Museum grounds consist of an 1894 Farmhouse, a carriage house, root cellar, milk house, jail, barn, log cabin and the Resource Center. Each building houses displays and exhibits of early life on San Juan Island. Contact the Museum of hours and programs.
San Juan Island Heritage Collection – San Juan Island Heritage is a collection of historic materials documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of San Juan Island, Washington. The collections listed here are part of and on-going archiving initiative of the Washington State Library (WSL). They include items in the Jim Crook Collection and the San Juan Stories Collection.
San Juan Island National Historical Park – San Juan Island National Historical Park celebrates how individuals and nations can resolve disputes without resorting to violence. For it was here in the mid-1800s that the infamous “Pig War” nearly led the two great nations to war over the San Juan Islands.
Battery D – A reenacting group based on San Juan Island who reenact the period of the Pig War, 1859-1872. Appearing at several occasions each year such as encampments at San Juan Island National Historical Park and local parades and celebrations, members turn up in period uniforms and clothing to bring the period back to life. Members portray individuals from Battery D, 3rd Artillery and Company D, 9th Infantry as well as British Royal Marines and civilians.
Other San Juan County Islands
Orcas Island Historical Museum – The Orcas Island Historical Museum celebrates the history of Orcas Island by offering exhibits, presentations and speakers, tours, and the annual Historical Day Fair. The Museum also provides research assistance and regular Museum visitation hours, and publishes newspaper articles and quarterly publications.
Moran Mansion Museum/Rosario Resort – The Moran Mansion Museum is a tribute to the man that built and made the mansion his home, shipbuilder and former Seattle mayor, Robert Moran. The Museum features original photographs taken from the early 1900s, Arts and Crafts-period furnishings, and an extensive display of the ships built by the Moran Brothers Company in Seattle. Call for information and schedule for one-hour narrated organ music and history talk presented by Rosario historian, Christopher Peacock, Call 1-800-562-8820. The Museum is open Saturdays, 10am – 6pm, Admission $5.
Lopez Island Historical Museum – The mission of the Lopez Island Historical Society is to collect, preserve, share and interpret local history among island residents and visitors in order to increase awareness and appreciation of the resource for the educational benefit of this and future generations.
Lopez Island Heritage Collection – A century ago, Lopez Island was divided into three major communities: Richardson, Lopez, and Port Stanley. The library is now housed in one of the four original school houses built in the late 19th century. The photographs in this on-line digital collection are windows into an earlier time in the Lopez Island farming and fishing community.
Saltwater People Historical Society – A society formed for the purpose of collecting, preserving, celebrating, and disseminating the maritime history of the San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound area.
HistoryLink.org – HistoryLink the first and largest encyclopedia of community history created expressly for the Internet. HistoryLink.org is an evolving online encyclopedia of Washington state and local history. It provides a free, authoritative, and easily accessible history reference for the benefit of students, teachers, journalists, scholars, researchers, and the general public
Revisiting Washington – The Washington State Trust for Historic Preservation has created an updated digital edition of the 1941 Works Progress Administration (WPA) era guidebook Washington: A Guide to the Evergreen State. The site includes maps and downloadable tours of Washington, as well as an array of interactive features to enhance the experience of travelers and web-based explorers.
That’s My Old House – Share stories about your historic property through this new online repository.