Impacts of Colonization on the Straits Salish
SX'WáLECH TO LOPEZ
The San Juan Islands are the traditional territory of the Straits Salish people. Beginning in 1790, they continued to inhabit the islands, but were impacted by European exploration, the fur trade, new diseases, treaties, homestead acts, and Euro-American exploitation of the salmon fishery. Today the Straits Salish remain connected to the islands through fishing, culture, language, Canoe Journeys, and more.
Fisherman Bay, 1945-1955
Tide of Change
Tourism arrives on the scene to add a new layer to the traditional economies of farming, fishing, and services.
Work, play, and service on the Friendly Isle
Clubs, Commerce, Community
Chock full of photos of the ways Lopezians used to keep themselves busy – making a living, socializing, and improving life on the island.
Some things we just can’t seem to put away
The Lopez Island Community Signature Quilt; Ralph Hitchcock’s incredibly accurate ship models of the steamer Rosalie and the Harvester King, a kelp-harvester turned car ferry; Jean and Fred Bartholomew’s fun and beautiful kitchen table, tiled with a hand-painted map of Lopez in 1961; and a dug-out canoe from the 1920s are some of the museum favorites that are always on exhibit.
A space for kids to play and tell their own Lopez story
Did wolves once wander Lopez?
Explore the natural history of Lopez, including evidence of wolves on the island! Birds, mammals, and plants of the coastal prairie habitats common to the San Juan Islands.
A maritime icon of the Salish Sea
FV Sally J
Functional, wild, beautiful
Rain Gardens and Hedgerows
Demonstration gardens of native plants that can help you invite wildlife and native pollinators to your yard.
Take a moment to stop and explore the past
The Shed and Yard
Filled with fascinating, if rusty, bits of Lopez history and ways of life. A storied Captain’s Gig (a rowboat that served a larger ship); a skiff used on the reefnet fishing gear at the mouth of Fisherman’s Bay; and farming, logging, and fishing equipment of eras past. There is always something new to notice.