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The Big Event: a Celebration of Lopez Island’s bounty

July 25, 2009 Fabulous food! Chef Kim Bast and her talented crew are working with Lopez farmers and fishers to gather the best seasonal local foods for a truly memorable meal. The evening begins at 6:30 with delectable finger foods and fine wines, down-home live music with Matt Hummel, Carol Noyes, Eric Hall & Lance

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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

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2007 Fundraiser

July 21, 2007 Gourmet local foods dinner by chef Kim Bast featuring the finest foods grown on Lopez Island. Download: LIHS_Menu_2007-07 Program—“Exploring the Mysteries: Island Archaeology” by Laura Phillips, Archaeology Collections Manager at the Burke Museum Music by Hawk Arps & Friends A very small auction with Dick & Sharon Friel featuring ten unique, but

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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

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The Walnut Tree Invitational

Walnut Tree Invitational The Walnut Tree Invitational was the Lopez Island Historical Society’s big fund raiser in 2006. More than 40 painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, and writers created original works inspired by a magnificent walnut tree at the south end. On July 22, we hosted a celebration with fabulous food, fine wine, foot-tapping music, and

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Historic Homes

Harry Towell Home

John Towell, a railway platelayer on the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincoln Railway, lived with his family in Worksop Nottinghamshire in the railway station level crossing house. His son Henry emigrated to the United States in 1882, settled in Minnesota, married May Stevens, and began farming around Madison Lake. In 1898, the Towells and some 40 other

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Historic Homes

William “Tom” McCauley home

Like so many early island families, the Scots-Irish McCauleys arrived in the US via Ontario, Canada. They came to Lopez at the invitation of Jim Buchanan, a relative who had moved here after his claim in the California gold fields played out. Sam and Jane Buchanan McCauley and six of their seven sons moved first

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Historic Homes

William Graham home

William Graham was one of many Irish Lopezians who came to the island by way of Canada. Born in 1840 near Kilmore in County Armagh, Graham moved with his parents to Ontario in 1841. As a young man, he moved to Ohio, and then to Estherville, Iowa. He came to Lopez in 1877 because relatives

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James Davis home

This large farmhouse was built by James Ernest Davis and Maybell Troxell Davis in 1913. Family legend says it was paid for by a single successful season on a fish trap off the south end. The Davis kids recalled having to haul rocks home from every trip to the beach to build the stone fireplace.

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James Cousins farmstead

James Cousins was born in 1834 in County Armagh, Ireland. He came to the US in 1863 on an old East Indian square-rigger. He landed in New York penniless, as his pocket was picked on board. James worked on a farm in New Jersey for a bit, then moved to Canada where he met his

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