The Port Stanley School was in session from 1917 until Lopez Island schools consolidated in 1941. It was then used as a meeting place, hardware store, and hay storage building until it was donated to the Lopez Island Historical Society by Chris & Helena Jones. Restoration was completed in 2003, with outbuilding and parking lot
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Eliza Wilson’s birthday picnic, ca. 1912, at Sam Wilson’s place shortly after they arrived on Lopez The Lopez Island Historical Society board and staff would like to cordially invite you to join us for a Community Picnic on Sunday, August 11th from noon to 3 p.m. All are welcome, so bring friends, family, visitors, whomever! This
HISTORY AFLOAT 7 tickets are now on sale! This year will be a little different, as we’ll be on board the Sylvan Spirit with Captain Skip Heeter on Saturday, JULY 27th, noon to 4. We’ll be taking a tour of the east side of Lopez, from Spencer’s Landing down into Lopez Sound and out through Lopez Pass, exploring the connections between Lopez, Decatur, and Blakely Islands. What will not change is the entertaining stories from long-time locals, great food and refreshments, and (we hope!) sunny, beautiful weather. We only have 50 seats this year, so call, email, or stop by now to reserve your tickets!
In an effort to keep improving our ability to care for and maintain our irreplaceable artifacts and archives, we are looking to install two new heat pumps in our museum and office spaces. These will improve our efficiency, help us to maintain a stable environment, and exclude bugs and dust. You can help us keep Lopez Island history preserved for the benefit of all!
In January of this year, the Lopez Island Historical Society bade Mark Thompson-Klein a happy retirement with deep gratitude for his years of service. We also welcomed Amy Hildebrand as our new Executive Director. Our thanks to the Islands’ Weekly and Gretchen Wing for the great article announcing this change and introducing Amy to the community.
The Lopez Island Historical Society is participating in GiveLocal with other Lopez non-profits, May 1 – 12. You can access the campaign through lopezrocks.org or by going directly through each organization’s website. Please join us in supporting the common good by making a donation today. Your gift will help make a long-term difference in our community.
We have two Richardson Store wood ornaments, and an awesome paper folding model available for purchase this holiday season.
The paper folding model (above, left) is around 6″ long when assembled (you cut out and assemble.) The hanging etched wood ornaments (above, right and below) are approx. 5” high.