Community Picnic

 July 26, 2014

We’re hosting a community picnic on July 26, starting at 11:00 on the museum grounds. You bring blankets and your picnic lunch, we’ll provide the entertainment.

pioneers on the beach

Picnics were an enjoyable way for islanders to share fun and stories. The Pioneer Association, organized by Isaella (Burt) Bloor, held its first picnic in 1915 or 1916 on Bloor’s Beach.

In addition to a great afternoon of music produced by Bill Johnson, we’ll have activities for the kids and storytelling for both kids and adults. The museum’s west wall will feature the beginning of a new exhibit. The You Are Making History Timeline will provide a chance for you to reserve your place in Lopez Island history. You’ll enter the date you arrived on Lopez as well as the date your earliest ancestor arrived. We’ll collect names and dates for 2 years, then will turn the Timeline into a permanent exhibit. Someday, your great-great-grandchildren’s grandchildren will come to come to Lopez looking for their family stories. They will see your name on our timeline and may discover a treasure trove of your family photos and letters in the museum archives. We hope you’ll join us at the picnic!

Lopez History Afloat II

An Afternoon Aboard the Mystic Sea

June 28, 2014

Lopez-aerialThis unique guided history tour by master story-teller and long-time Lopezian, Monte Hughes, will leave Spencer’s Landing at noon on June 28 to circumnavigate Lopez Island, returning around 4:00. We’ll hear Monte’s hilarious stories, many passed down from his grandfather and father, about early days on Lopez.

The Mystic Sea Charter is a great way to see many historic sites from the water and enjoy Lopez Island’s spectacular coast and abundant wildlife.

Monte will be joined by other Lopez historians, including Gary Alexander relating stories of some the earliest Lopez settlers, and Jim Kenagy (the Burke Museum’s mammal guy, emeritus) talking about Lopez Island’s natural history. (Did you know there was a Smithsonian Institution collecting expedition that came to Lopez in 1841?)

Tickets are $120 each, and include hearty snacks and refreshments.

Please reserve your tickets today—space is limited.

The classic 100ft. Mystic Sea is a fast, ocean-rated, Coast Guard certified vessel. She offers a heated, enclosed aft deck, and excellent inside and outside viewing. The comfortable, heated main cabin has booth seating, an excellent sound system, and two restrooms.

Please call us at 360-468-2049 if you have any questions.

Quilt Programs

May, 2014

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

  • Friday, May 9, 2014 to Sunday, May 18, 2014
  • Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Lopez Island Historical Museum, Lopez Village

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

2011_LIHS Big Event-Signature Quilt- photo by Karen Alexander 700 x 330

History of Signature Quilts & How to Research Them

  • Friday, May 16, 2014
  • 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Port Stanley School, 2970 Port Stanley Rd.

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

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
  • Lopez Island Historical Museum, Lopez Village

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.

Magpie Rose-Marie Webster design photo by Karen Alexander 700 x 330

History of Early 20th Century Quilt Designers

  • Friday, May 16, 2014
  • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • The Quilt Cabin

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.

19th Century French Fabric for Collection of Early British etc. event 700 x 330

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

  • Friday, May 16, 2014
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Port Stanley School, 2970 Port Stanley Rd.

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.

Two Quilts on Bed photo by Karen Alexander 700 x 330


Bed Turning at the Quilt Cabin

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 10:30 a.m. – Noon
  • 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.

kids making toys for Quilt Resrotation 700 x 330


Quilt Restoration/Conservation

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Port Stanley School, 2970 Port Stanley Rd.

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 Wini Alexander - photo by Karen Alexander 700 x 330


Show & Tell Quilts

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Port Stanley School, 2970 Port Stanley Rd.

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 Quilt Events sponsored by the Lopez Island Historical Society

Lopez Legends, Myths & Yarns III

July 20, 2013

Please join us at the Port Stanley School on July 20 at 7:00 pm for:

Live Performances

Dramatic readings from diaries & letters of Lopez Island settlers


After-dinner delectables & desserts

“Eclectic” music

Historic slide show from our archives

A chance to win great stuff from the LIHS Gift Shop


Tickets are $35 each – great entertainment and a chance to support your historical society.

Lopez Legends, Myths & Yarns II

November 4, 2012

It’s back! The July edition of LLMY was so much fun, we’ve created an afternoon of Winter Stories.

Please join us at the Port Stanley School on November 4 at 3:00 pm to hear fascinating tales from the museum’s archives, enjoy special hot drinks and delectable treats, a small silent auction and live music. Through diaries, letters, and personal papers of Lopez settler families, you will be treated to the intimate details of the lives of early Lopez Island’s best storytellers.