Explore the Museum: News

Projects

The “Sally J”

The restoration of the historic gillnetter Sally J began in 2011. The Sally J is getting a fresh coat of paint. This beautiful boat seems to invite former, and current, fishers to share stories of their experiences on the water. The Sally J was built for Bastion Jevick, who fished off Iceberg Point. In addition

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Projects

Exhibits & Collections Project

The one constant characteristic of history is that things change. We work hard to collect and catalog important items that chronicle Lopez Island history. We make them available to you as exhibits and programs, archives, family records and photos. We help researchers discover long-lost family, and new islanders learn about their new home and neighbors.

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Events

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

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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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