The Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum

Lopez Island, San Juan County, Washington

Events

Community Picnic, July 26

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.

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 2, an Afternoon Aboard the Mystic Sea

Saturday, June 28

aerial view of Lopez Island

This 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 in May

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

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

History of Signature Quilts & How to Research Them

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

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.

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History of Early 20th Century Quilt Designers

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

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.

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Bed Turning at 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.

historic quilt

Quilt Restoration/Conservation

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 winnie alexander

Show & Tell Quilts

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 Events sponsored by the Lopez Island Historical Society

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