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.

2018 Exhibits at the Lopez Museum

Our 2018 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!

Lopezians have always been a diverse and resourceful lot. Some captained steamboats or ferries. Others delivered mail, ran a blacksmith shop, logged, split wood for steamers, or manufactured potash in the kelp plant. Lopezians operated switchboards from their homes for the Farmers Cooperative Telephone Company. Playing music, dancing, and “visiting” were essential components of entertainment and socializing in the small, isolated Lopez community during settler times. People sang or played in formal or informal groups, from a neighborhood “sing” to a stirring performance of the Lopez Cornet Band, resplendent in gold-braided uniforms.

The first non-Native Lopez Islanders had to carve a new life out of a challenging and unforgiving landscape.


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.


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



Explore the natural history of Lopez, including evidence of wolves on the island!

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, Charles Givens, Spud & Karen Grimes, Bob & Becky Smith, Islands Marine Center, Mary Fagerholm Reece, Gary & Karen Alexander, Jamie & Lauren Stephens, Jim & Nancy Kenagy, Nancy Nordhoff, Doug Johnson & Brigitte Fortin, Lopez Island Pharmacy, Pat & Pete Kuentzel, Randy & Karen Wilburn, Rob Hummel, Tom Ruggles & Gayle Isbell, George & Stepper LeBoutillier,Duane & Audrey Bordvick, Raiti Waerness