The Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum

Lopez Island, San Juan County, Washington

Spring 2014

Museum Opening April 26

Our new exhibit is “Brave, Bold, Beautiful: Lopez Women,” a look at some of the notable and accomplished women in Lopez Island's past. The museum will be open noon to 4, Wednesday through Sunday through September.

Other exhibits include: Homesteaders, Indian Wives & Second Sons, The Children's Corner, an expanded Wild Lopez natural history display, and an expanded First Islanders display that will feature a selection from the recently donated Native artifact collection.

Quilt Programs in May

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Exhibit: Signature Quilts as Carriers of Community & Women's History

A display of signature quilts made by the Lopez community beginning in the late-1800s.

History of Signature Quilts & How to Research Them

Karen Alexander & AQSG member Susan Underwood of Seattle at the restored Port Stanley one-room schoolhouse. Bring one Signature quilt if you like. We will have Show & Tell as long as time allows.

Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum Quilt Tour

This guided tour of the Lopez Island Historical Society will include a viewing of Lopez Island Signature quilts and some of the stories behind them.

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History of Early 20th Century Quilt Designers

This class is on the History of Early 20th Century Quilt Designers Ruby McKim and Marie Webster. Bring a quilt or two from either designer and any ephemera you may have to share.

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Collection of Early British, French & American 19th Century Quilts

Mary & Kate Edgar Collection of Early British, French & American 19th Century Quilts. Two fellow AQSG members from Michigan are coming to share some of their fabulous quilts! Come examine early 19th century quilts up close and learn the stories behind the collection.

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Bed Turning at the Quilt Cabin

Karen Alexander will share a selection of quilts from her wide-ranging teaching collection as well as share her documentation methods, files and extensive textile research library.

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Quilt Restoration/Conservation

Quilt Restoration expert and AQSG member Anne Dawson has her own restoration business here on Lopez Island, which garners business from all over the country. Come learn the Do's and Don'ts of caring for your quilts as well as suggestions for basic repairs. Bring one "needy" quilt and your questions.

quilt by winnie alexander

Show & Tell Quilts

Show & Tell is a long tradition in the quilting community. Here is your chance once again to share a family quilt or a quilt from you own collection along with its story.

All Events sponsored by the Lopez Island Historical Society

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“Images of America—Lopez Island”

We are very excited to announce our new book, Images of America: Lopez Island, by Susan Ferguson and the Lopez Island Historical Society.

The book features 200 of the best images of Lopez from our collection, and stories of Native islanders, early settlers, farmers, fishers, quilters, shopkeepers, schools, kids, families, and all your favorite island places.

Order your copy today!

The Museum

The Lopez Island Historical Society Museum is located in the heart of Lopez Village on Weeks Road, across from Islander's Bank.

The museum is open noon to 4:00pm, Wednesday through Sunday, from May through September.

We are also open year-round for research projects by appointment. Call 360-468-2049 or email us at

For more information, see the About LIHS page

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