A special History Lives Here event:
The San Juan Island National Historical Park, the San Juan Island Library and the San Juan Historical Society are co-sponsoring a Fireside Program and Historical Structures Tour to commemorate the long history of American Camp's Officers' Quarters, Historic Structure 11 (HS-11), and the other buildings associated with it at American Camp.
Our primary purpose is to celebrate the families who played a major role in conserving HS-11, which was constructed by the U.S. Army in 1856 and moved to San Juan Island during the Pig War crisis. Following the joint military occupation of the island, the building remained in place, as a farm house, to several families, but primarily the Firth's, Firth's/LaChappelle's and McRae's.
We will also be applauding the start of the long-awaited restoration of HS-11's interior, which will begin this year, and may be already underway, depending on maintenance scheduling.
The fireside program, "Legacy of American Camp" is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., May 30 at the San Juan Island Library. There will be a discussion with pioneer descendants.
The "Historic Structures Tour" will be on May 31 from Noon - 4:00 p.m. at the American Camp Parade Ground.