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. The Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Historical Societies are collaborating on an exciting project for History Lives Here month this year. The central theme will be quilts as carriers of community and women's history. The museums are putting together exhibits and programs that feature historic and contemporary quilts, with an emphasis on signature quilts.
The Lopez Island Historical Museum will feature several programs and a special signature quilt exhibit from May 9 through May 18.
The Orcas Island Historical Museum will exhibit their quilt collection from May 9 through June 23 and will host a featured speaker at the Museum on May 11.
In Friday Harbor, the San Juan Island Historical Museum will exhibit select examples from their quilt collection from May 9 through May 18. All exhibits and programs will be open to the public.
The Washington Quilt Study Group has scheduled their first retreat in San Juan County to coincide with these special exhibits. The three-day event (May 16-18) will include trips to Orcas Island and Friday Harbor to see the quilts hanging at each island’s historical museum.
In addition to the special exhibits, two collectors from the Mid-West will be sharing examples from their collections of early 19th-century antique quilts from the U.S., Great Britain and France, along with the exciting stories that accompany them. These quilts have never been exhibited on the West Coast.
Other events will include a Bed Turning at The Quilt Cabin on Lopez, a discussion of two early 20th-century quilt designers by quilt historian and past-president of The Quilters Hall of Fame, Karen Alexander; and a program on quilt conservation and restoration by professional quilt restorer Anne Dawson of Lopez Island.
Find all of these events and more on our events calendar. For further information call 888-468-3701, ext. 1
"History Lives Here" Events
• San Juan Island National Historical Park - BioBlitz at American Camp, May 3-4
• Orcas Island Historical Museum - Orcas Island Quilt Show, (Orcas Island) May 7 - June 22
• Lopez Island Historical Museum - Signature Quilts as Carriers of Community and Women's History, May 9 - 18
• San Juan County Parks - Annual Brann Cabin Ol’ Fashioned Bake-Off, (Friday Harbor/San Juan Island) May 14
• Lopez Island Historical Museum - Bed Turning at the Quilt Cabin, May 16
• San Juan Historical Museum - Share Your Quilt Day, (Friday Harbor/San Juan Island) May 17
• Lopez Island Historical Museum - Quilt Restoration/Conservation, May 17
• Orcas Island Historical Museum - Orcas Island Ship Quilt Show, A Community Story, (Orcas Island) May 18
• San Juan Grange Hall - The Grange Hall History, May 21
• San Juan Island National Historical Park - American Camp Fireside & Historic Structures, (Friday Harbor/SJI) May 30-31
"History Lives Here" Lodging Packages
"History Lives Here" Restaurant Packages