Oral History Project

We are introducing an exciting new program in 2012 that will allow you to hear Lopez Island’s unique stories, told by folks who grew up on the island in the early 20th century—island history from people who were there.

Willie Cousins was quite a storyteller. Imagine sitting with Willie, hearing him recall his life on Lopez—how the earliest Lopezians came to the island, how people lived, and intimate details about his favorite characters.

With your support, we’ll have digital recordings available this summer. You’ll listen to Willie, along with other descendants of Lopez Island’s earliest settlers: Gallanger, Davies, McCauley, Higgins, Norman, Coffelt, Weeks, Spencer, Hastin, and more than 30 others.

Helen Hastin with her sons, Phil and Bud. Both Helen and Phil recorded oral histories for LIHS.

Helen Hastin with her sons, Phil and Bud.
Both Helen and Phil recorded oral histories for LIHS.

In addition to giving you much greater access to Lopez Island’s unique stories, the project will also ensure these irreplaceable treasures will be preserved and accessible for many generations.

We need your help to evaluate, digitize and archive more than 120 oral history tapes. Please consider sending a tax-deductible gift to LIHS to support this important program.

Narrators

  • Gertrude Boede
  • Esther Borg
  • Al Coffelt
  • Lawrence Coffelt
  • Howard Cole
  • Willie Cousins
  • Rowland Davies
  • Nora Fagerholm
  • Jeff Fulton (Sperry grandson)
  • Frank Gallanger
  • Robert Gallanger
  • Peter & Irma Gourley
  • Eva Hall (Weeks family)
  • Helen Hastin
  • Phil Hastin
  • Una Hayner
  • Frank & Lucille Henderson
  • Eva Higgins
  • Wilma Hill
  • Dorthalee Horne & Helen Lewis
  • B.C. Kilpatrick
  • Alys (Wood ) Lucci
  • Bill McCauley
  • Violet Norman
  • Romayne Ritchie
  • Anne Roberts
  • Ray Spencer & others
  • Roy Spencer
  • Bill Tralnes
  • Beryl Troxell Mason
  • Harvey Troxell
  • Elvie Van De Putte
  • Elmer Vogt
  • Duane Weeks
  • Ellis Weeks
  • Lincoln Weeks