2010 History Forum

Historic Barns of San Juan County

Presented by Boyd Pratt & Sandy Strehlou

Thursday March 18th, 7:00pm

Port Stanley School, Lopez Island WA

Big Sites, Small Sites, and Settlement Patterns in San Juan County

Presented by Burke Museum Director Dr. Julie Stein

Thursday April 8th, 7:00pm

Lopez Center, Lopez Island WA

2008 History Forum

Camp Community—Nor’wester Memories

Presented by Bill & Marty Holm, Paul Henriksen, Donn Charnley, Richard Carter

Thursday March 13th, 7:00pm

Bill & Marty Holm, Paul Henricksen, Donn Charnley and Richard Carter will share Camp Nor’wester history and recollections.

  • Who was Frank Carlton Henderson, and why did he decide to open a children’s Camp in 1935?
  • Why was the Camp initially located on Westcott Bay, San Juan Island?
  • What led them to choose Sperry Peninsula on Lopez Island
  • Island families and individuals (eg: Phil Hastin) who worked on the initial buildings
  • The many Lopez residents who were involved with the Camp as campers, staff, and who became permanent Lopez residents
  • The remarkable relationship which the Camp and Lopez developed with the native First Islanders

Women in Lopez History—with many photos & artifacts

Presented by Linda Graham Rose & Florence Meng

Thursday April 10th, 7:00pm

Linda Graham Rose presents a picture of Lopez from 1877. Both of Linda’s parents are from Lopez, and Linda will share “facts and gossip” illustrated with many photos of early Lopez life.

Florence Meng will share stories of the Birthday Club. Founded in 1922, the womens’ organization has provided food, clothing and financial help for people in need. Their first meeting was at Mrs. Tralnes’ beach at MacKaye Harbor.

A History of Lopez Schools

Presented by Lopez School Superintendent Bill Evans

Thursday May 15th, 7:00pm

The 2008 History Forum is sponsored by Raiti Waerness, Lopez Village Market, Duane & Audrey Bordvick, Dick & Mary Schoenman, Ken & Linda Graham Rose, Phil & Jean Weinheimer, Doug James, Gary & Karen Alexander, Lopez School Administrators

2007 History Forum

Mammals on Lopez—an historical perspective

Presented by Jim Kenagy

Thursday February 8th, 7:00pm

The diversity and natural history of Lopez Island mammals now and in the past, presented in an illustrated talk by Jim Kenagy, Curator of Mammals at the Burke Museum. With glacial ice covering the San Juan Islands on many occasions during the Pleistocene, the resident roster of land mammals has probably shrunk and expanded many times. How have mammals managed to re-colonize? What species are the successful natural colonists, and which were introduced by humans? This program will emphasize the historical biogeography of mammals to account for the diversity of mammals we have on Lopez today.

Gold Fever 1850-1900 (plus rumors of gold on Lopez)

Presented by Gary Alexander

Thursday March 15th, 7:00pm

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the 1857 Fraser River (BC) Gold Rush, the former editor of “Gold Newsletter” offers an examination of man’s obsession with the Midas Metal, tracing the remnants of a small army of failed argonauts who retreated to our island chain, first to squat (launching the Pig War), then farm, marry and settle here.

Coastal Erosion—wind, waves, rock & sand

Presented by Ian Lange

Thursday April 12th, 7:00pm

We will delve into the different types of coast lines including those with and without beaches, how they are affected by waves, and what folks do to aggravate coastal erosion and slope failure. Pictures will accompany the talk.

People of the Salish Sea

Presented by Bill Holm

Thursday May 10th, 7:00pm

The Central Coast Salish peoples who inhabit the shores of the inland waterways of “The Salish Sea”—Georgia Strait, the San Juan Islands, Juan de Fuca Strait, and Puget Sound— developed a dynamic culture and belief systems that distinguish them from the rest of the Northwest Coast. Pictures of dwellings, canoes, subsistence activities, and art will be used to illustrate aspects of that culture.

All programs will be held at Lopez Center.

The History Forum is sponsored by Duane & Audrey Bordvick, Mike & Margaret Ellis, Raiti Waerness, Greg & Nancy Ewert, Gary & Karen Alexander, Phil & Jean Weinheimer, and the Lopez School Administrators