History Lives Here
History Lives Here
Who were the explorers, entrepreneurs and soldiers who first laid claim to the San Juans? Why did some choose to stay and settle in the relative isolation of the Salish Sea? What kind of person lives here today?
During the month of May, the Town of Friday Harbor, in partnership with the Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Historical Museums and the San Juan Island National Historical Park and other community organizations, will tell the stories of the people and places of the San Juans by celebrating National Historic Preservation Month as "History Lives Here." Guided walking tours, local history talks and other special events will attract visitors and residents alike, and portray the past as long-time islanders lived and remember it.
Historic Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, was designated in 2008 as one of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and celebrated its centennial in 2009. Friday Harbor is hosting several historic walks and talks during May.
Lopez Island Historical Museum celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, with a new exhibit opening April 27 featuring photos and artifacts from the courageous and colorful homesteaders who settled on Lopez in the mid 1800s entitled "Homesteaders, Indian Wives & Second Sons."
Orcas Island Historical Museum is featuring a "Historic Lime Kiln Towns" exhibit, as well as an exhibit highlighting the photograph collection of an early Orcas Island photographer.
San Juan Island Historical Museum is sponsoring a historic home tour, and history talks by a long-time island family icon and a popular island historian.
And San Juan Island National Historical Park will open the soon-to-be-remodeled Crook House to the public, and will hold its Wildflower Festival and Bloom Week in early May.
Find all of these events and more on our May calendar. For further information call 888-468-3701 x1.
"History Lives Here" Lodging Specials
Bird Rock Hotel - Two for Two Special in Heritage Month - San Juan Island
Blue Heron B & B - Visit Orcas Island Historical Museum - Orcas Island
Doe Bay Resort & Retreat - Heritage Month Lodging Special - Orcas Island
Kingfish Inn - History Resides Here! - Orcas Island