2015 Preview

We have lots of projects in the works for 2015, beginning with our museum members opening on April 24. Members get the first opportunity to see our new wolf exhibit (Yes! There were wolves on Lopez!) and a new yet-to-be-named fishing exhibit. We’ll host History Afloat again this year with a narrated trip around Lopez on on Monte Hughes’s Mystic Sea.

Our big summer project is the You Are Making History Timeline and Picnic. We received more than 200 name entries at our picnic last year. We plan to collect names through this year, then turn it into a permanent display. We hope this will be the vehicle to bring more young people to the museum. Their place in Lopez history has the same weight as the earliest settlers—the timeline is a great visual reminder.

There’s more. Please check this website or our Facebook page for updates.

Community Picnic

 July 26, 2014

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.

pioneers on the beach

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!

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.

Lopez History Afloat II

An Afternoon Aboard the Mystic Sea

June 28, 2014

Lopez-aerialThis 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

May, 2014

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

  • Friday, May 9, 2014 to Sunday, May 18, 2014
  • Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Lopez Island Historical Museum, Lopez Village

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

2011_LIHS Big Event-Signature Quilt- photo by Karen Alexander 700 x 330

History of Signature Quilts & How to Research Them

  • Friday, May 16, 2014
  • 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Port Stanley School, 2970 Port Stanley Rd.

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

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
  • Lopez Island Historical Museum, Lopez Village

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.

Magpie Rose-Marie Webster design photo by Karen Alexander 700 x 330

History of Early 20th Century Quilt Designers

  • Friday, May 16, 2014
  • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • The Quilt Cabin

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.

19th Century French Fabric for Collection of Early British etc. event 700 x 330

Collection of Early British, French & American 19th Century Quilts

  • Friday, May 16, 2014
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Port Stanley School, 2970 Port Stanley Rd.

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.

Two Quilts on Bed photo by Karen Alexander 700 x 330


Bed Turning at the Quilt Cabin

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 10:30 a.m. – Noon
  • 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.

kids making toys for Quilt Resrotation 700 x 330


Quilt Restoration/Conservation

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Port Stanley School, 2970 Port Stanley Rd.

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 Wini Alexander - photo by Karen Alexander 700 x 330


Show & Tell Quilts

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Port Stanley School, 2970 Port Stanley Rd.

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 Quilt Events sponsored by the Lopez Island Historical Society