2017 Exhibits at the Lopez Museum

Our 2017 season is about to begin! The museum is open for the season Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon to 4 PM.

The following exhibits will be on display—come visit and check them out!

 The first non-Native Lopez Islanders had to carve a new life out of an unforgiving landscape. This required innovation. They survived and built family farms, supplemented by fishing and clamming, so their children could pursue other interests, including the planting of orchards, commercial fishing, canning, shipping and­—let’s be candid—smuggling. These skills provided the creature comforts for their children to pursue the more creative arts and crafts that dominate Lopez Island activities to this day.

carried-by-canoe-2An incomparable collection of more than 200 stone, bone and antler Native artifacts that represent virtually every aspect of First Islander life.

 

salmon-was-king A dive into the history of Lopez Island’s fishing industry and its changes over the years.

 

lopez-women A look at some of the notable and accomplished women in Lopez Island’s past.

 

wild-lopez-2 Explore the natural history of Lopez, including evidence of wolves on the island!

childrens-corner-2 An opportunity for parents and kids to create their own Lopez story.

 

Our generous sponsors include:

Islanders Insurance, Spencer’s Landing Marina, Richardson Fuel, Lopez Village Market, Cloud Islands, On-Site Island Services, Islander Resort, Karen Rousseau, Lopez Sand & Gravel, Mike Halperin & Jodi Green, Nancy & Charles Givens, Spud & Karen Grimes,
Bob & Becky Smith, Islands Marine Center, Mary Fagerholm Reece, Don Fagerholm, Ralph Bladt & Barbara Fulton, Gary & Karen Alexander, Jack Pedigo, Jamie & Lauren Stephens, Jim & Nancy Kenagy, Nancy Nordhoff, Pat & Pete Kuentzel, Randy & Karen Wilburn, Scott & Suzi Jennings, Rob Hummel, Tom Ruggles & Gayle Isbell, George & Stepper LeBoutillier, Haven Restaurant, Duane & Audrey Bordvick, Dianne Pressenda

2015 Exhibit: Salmon was King

 

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Our new exhibit is “Salmon was King,” showing the history of Lopez Island’s
fishing industry divided into three 40-year eras.

April 25 – September 30, 2015
Wednesday through Sunday  •  Noon to 4

Museum Members Reception
April 24  •  5-7pm

Millions of salmon spawn in the innumerable rivers and streams of the Pacific Northwest.  As they reach maturity in the Pacific Ocean and return to their birthplace in a four-year cycle, fishing boat operators try to impede their journey.  The southern shore of Lopez is one of the best salmon fishing spots.  Most sockeye salmon (the most prized variety) swim off the south end of Lopez and Salmon Banks off San Juan Island.  They mill around for several weeks in late July and early August before heading north, giving Lopez fishers a chance to catch their fair share.

From the 1890s to the 1970s, the fishing industry dominated Lopez Island’s economy.  Fishing methods changed dramatically after fish traps were outlawed in 1934 and again after a controversial court ruling in 1974.  Salmon was King shows the history of the Lopez fishing industry divided into three 40-year eras.

Generously sponsored by: Islanders Insurance, Spencer’s Landing Marina, Richardson Fuel, Lopez Island Pharmacy, Lopez Village Market, Jamie & Lauren Stephens, Cloud Islands, On-Site Island Services, Islander Resort, Karen Rousseau, Lopez Sand & Gravel, Mike Halperin & Jodi Green, Nancy & Charles Givens, Spud & Karen Grimes, Ande & Scott Finley, Bob & Becky Smith, Charlie & Margot Janeway, Dave & Barbara Thomas, Doug & Marcia Stevenson, Mary Fagerholm Reece, Ralph Bladt & Barbara Fulton, Scott & Suzi Jennings, Gary & Karen Alexander, Nancy Nordhoff, Duane & Audrey Bordvick, Dianne Pressenda, Raiti Waerness.

 

2014 Exhibit: Brave, Bold, Beautiful: Lopez Women

Not All Women Wore Bonnets…

Our new exhibit is “Brave, Bold, Beautiful: Lopez Women,” a look at some of the notable and accomplished women in Lopez Island’s past.

Exhibit logoLopez women were intrepid, enthusiastically participating in the male-dominated world of farming, fishing, and shopkeeping. They were postmistresses, hoteliers, cannery workers, music teachers, and switchboard operators. “Brave, Bold & Beautiful” showcases Lopez women from different eras, all working to make Lopez Island the place we love.

Generously sponsored by: Islanders Insurance, Spencer’s Landing Marina, Richardson Fuel, Lopez Island Pharmacy, Lopez Village Market, Mitrebox Contracting, Jamie & Lauren Stephens, Cloud Islands, Edenwild Inn, On-Site Island Services, Doug James Floor Coverings, Karen Rousseau, Lopez Sand & Gravel, Mike Halperin & Jodi Green, Nancy & Charles Givens, Spud & Karen Grimes, Gary & Karen Alexander, Steve & Michele Heller, Nancy Nordhoff, Jim & Nancy Kenagy, Duane & Audrey Bordvick, Dianne Pressenda, Raiti Waerness.