From Odd Fellows to Orcas
If these walls could talk…and sometimes they do in the former Odd Fellows Hall, now known as The Whale Museum. Stories both historical and supernatural have originated in this iconic old building towering high on the bluff. See a timeline of its community uses in Friday Harbor from 1892 through today, including the infamous 1895 murder trial of teacher Richard Straub, the prohibitionist preaching fervor of Billy Sunday in 1910, decades as the social hub for island festivities, and later as Lee Bave's Island Gallery and home of her quirky San Juan Saga theatrical production.
We will begin with the Mt. Dallas Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows, the benevolent organization that developed the property in 1892, and learn how we got from Odd Fellows to Orcas, with a modern Salish Sea focus as The Whale Museum. Presentation by San Juan Historical Society and Museum board member Robin Jacobson.