History Comes to Life During "History Lives Here"

National Historic Preservation Month

History Lives Here events run May 1 through May 31

Are you a history lover? There's so much history to experience in the San Juans during "History Lives Here" month. 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.

You can also experience San Juan Islands history with our self-guided Historic Friday Harbor Walking Tour, and watch for new events and specials here. To access specials, click a link and see the right side of the page for information.

History Lives Here Events:

Orcas Island

•  Cruise Into History: "Smuggling in the San Juans," May 15

•  History and Revival of the Marshall Strawberry, May 9

•  Making Art with Food and Natural Materials, May 7

•  Orcas Island Historical Museum - 60th Birthday Party & Community Picnic, May 14

•  Orcas Island Historical Museum - Boede Family History in One Act, April 29 & 30, May 6, 7, 8

•  Orcas Island Trail Rides - 10th Anniversary Ride at 10% Off, May 1-31

•   Rosario Resort Music Concert and Historical Narrative, Saturdays

•  “Strawberry Series" Orcas Island Artworks' Living Legacy, May 7 - June 18

•   Yellow Island Wooden Boat Race, May 16

Lopez Island 

•  KWIAHT- Experience Ancient Agriculture, May 8

San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

•  Annie Howell-Adams: Heritage Murals, May 18

•   Cranberry Cottage - The New Victorian Home Open House, May 29

•   Friday Harbor Labs Open House, May 14

•   Hike into History, April 1 - Sept. 11

•  Mike Vouri - The Coast Survey, May 11

•   San Juan Island Farmers Market at the Historic Brickworks Plaza, Saturdays

•   San Juan Historical Museum - 50th Anniversary Open House, May 21

•   San Juan Historical Museum - “Proving Up”: Homesteading the San Juan Islands, May 25

•  San Juan Island National Historical Park - Open House at the Pickett House, American Camp, May 14-15

•   San Juan Vineyards, A Toast to Island History, May 1-31

•  Town of Friday Harbor - History Talk: Japanese & Chinese Workers on San Juan Island, May 22

•  Town of Friday Harbor - Partners in Preservation Awards & Local History Anniversary Celebration, May 25

•  Town of Friday Harbor - Guided Interpretive Trail History Walk, May 28

•   Traditional Memorial Day Parade, May 30

•  Uncovering the Stories of the Japanese & Chinese of Early San Juan Island, May 22


Historic Lodging Properties

If you want to experience island history first hand, stay in one of these historic properties:

San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

•  Driftwood Farm Cottage - A Piece of Pig War History, May 1-31

•  Roche Harbor Resort - Celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Hotel De Haro, May 1-26

Orcas Island

•  Doe Bay Resort & Retreat - Heritage Month Lodging Special, May 1 - June 1

•  The Cabin on Spring Bay - History Special, May 1-31

Lopez Island