Community Picnic August 11th!

Eliza Wilson’s birthday picnic, ca. 1912, at Sam Wilson’s place shortly after they arrived on Lopez

The Lopez Island Historical Society board and staff would like to cordially invite you to join us for a Community Picnic on Sunday, August 11th from noon to 3 p.m. All are welcome, so bring friends, family, visitors, whomever!

This year will feature old-fashioned music and sing-alongs by Lopez Time, led by board member Larry Cochran and including Danny Gilbreath, Calvin Lovendosky, Ann Palmer, and Pat Nicely. (And maybe some special guests!)

The You Are Making History Timeline will be back for new additions, we’ll have a children’s signature quilt, and the happy addition of two of our local food trucks, Poutine Your Mouth and El Taco ‘Bout It, for those who don’t want to pack a picnic. Free iced tea, lemonade, and water will be provided by the museum.

We’ll also have the Story Corner set up for those who are brave enough to share some of their favorite stories about Lopez history. And a sign up sheet for a future oral history interview for those who would rather tell their stories without an audience!

We encourage you to bring your own family-friendly fun, as well – lawn games, bubbles for the kids, maybe even your own instrument to join in the music.

Please feel free to forward this email to your neighbors and friends – the more, the merrier!

See you Sunday, August 11th on the lawn of the museum!

Questions? Call 360-468-2049 or email us at


Amy, Connie, Christi, and the Lopez Island Historical Society Board of Trustees

Help us install a new heating and cooling system!

In an effort to keep improving our ability to care for and maintain our irreplaceable artifacts and archives, we are looking to install two new heat pumps in our museum and office spaces. These will improve our efficiency, help us to maintain a stable environment, and exclude bugs and dust. You can help us keep Lopez Island history preserved for the benefit of all!

Follow the link to learn more about the spring fundraiser we are participating in and donate:

Lopez Island Historical Society welcomes a new Executive Director

In January of this year, the Lopez Island Historical Society bade Mark Thompson-Klein a happy retirement with deep gratitude for his years of service. We also welcomed Amy Hildebrand as our new Executive Director. Our thanks to the Islands’ Weekly and Gretchen Wing for the great article announcing this change and introducing Amy to the community.

New director takes helm of Lopez Island Historical Society

Lopez History Afloat 6

Lopez History Afloat 6 will be Saturday, June 30 this year.

LIHS-Mystic Sea image

This year’s theme is Living Legends, featuring settler-family descendants (and some later arrivals) talking about life on Lopez in the “early” days. We’ll announce the speakers early-June.

In addition, you can look forward to another wonderful day aboard the Mystic Sea with Monte Hughes and his great crew, a delicious selection of snacks and refreshments, and (we hope) another beautiful, warm, sunny day. We’ll leave Spencer’s Landing Marina at noon, planning to return around 4:00.

Please contact the museum directly via email, via phone, or stop by. The cost is $125 per ticket.

Support our work through GiveLocal

The Lopez Island Historical Society is participating in GiveLocal with other Lopez non-profits, May 1 – 12. You can access the campaign through or by going directly through each organization’s website. Please join us in supporting the common good by making a donation today. Your gift will help make a long-term difference in our community.

We’re asking for your support to expand the museum’s archives and make them accessible to all Lopezians, and purchase a digital audio recorder and a video camera to record oral histories and programs like Lopez Legends, Myths & Yarns. We’re also exploring ways to make the images and interviews more available when you visit the museum or through our website.