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.

Watmough Bay Archaeological Program

June, 2004

Dr. Julie Stein, University of Washington

Dr. Julie Stein, University of Washington

The Watmough program, in cooperation with the Burke Museum, Samish Nation, and Bureau of Land Management brought lots of new visitors to the museum.

LIHS hosted a team from the University of Washington’s Burke Museum headed by Dr. Julie Stein, Archaeology Collections Manager Laura Phillips, and Russel Barsh, Director of the Samish Nation’s Center for Coast Salish Environments for a 2-week program at the Museum and at Watmough Bay. The Bureau of Land Management had identified a need to stabilize a portion of the bank that was being eroded by waves and weather. Rich Bailey, BLM District Archaeologist, was project coordinator.

Julie, Laura, and Russel interpreted the site stabilization procedures and sorting and analysis of artifacts. It was a fascinating program—an opportunity to experience local history from many perspectives.