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.

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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.

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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.

Lorraine McConaghy presents an illustrated historical travelogue of the history of Washington Territory and State

Where: Port Stanley School

When: Saturday, August 25th 7:00 pm

Free Admission

This program is based on Lorraine McConaghy’s new book New Land, North of the Columbia. The research project for New Land involved more than a year of travel throughout Washington, drawing from archival material ranging from maps, correspondence and public records to patent drawings, menus and paper dolls. This presentation is highly visual and deeply engaging.

The book New Land, North of the Columbia features nearly 400 documents, including a telegram to Washington Territory’s governor signed by Abraham Lincoln, the rough draft of Theodore Roethke’s “The Rose,” and a NASA map of Washington, shot by Landsat satellites.

Richly illustrated by a colorful Powerpoint presentation, this program explores the rich shared heritage of public archives in Washington State, documenting who we were, who we are, and who we might become. This program concludes with some suggestions on caring for personal archives, including a list of printed and web-based resources.

The Lopez Bookshop will have copies of Lorraine’s book available for sale at the event. They have generously offered to donate proceeds from book sales to LIHS.

Jointly sponsored by Humanities Washington and LIHS, with additional support from Lopez Village Market, Spencer’s Landing, Duane & Audrey Bordvick, Gary & Karen Alexander, Karen Rousseau, Mike Halperin & Jodi Green, Raiti Waerness, Lopez Bookshop, Mitrebox Contracting, and Cloud Islands.

Dr. Lorraine McConaghy is a public historian who has devoted her professional life to researching and teaching Pacific Northwest history in a museum setting. She has curated a series of successful projects at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry, including the museum’s core exhibits Metropolis 150 and Essential Seattle, as well as Blue vs. Gray: Civil War in the Pacific Northwest. McConaghy teaches in the Museum Studies program at the University of Washington, and her work has been honored by the Washington Museums Association, the Oral History Association, the National Council on Public History and the American Association for State and Local History. In 2010, she received the Robert Gray Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Washington State Historical Society.