A Photographic History of San Juan Island with Mike & Julie Vouri
Historian Mike Vouri will explore the photographic history of San Juan Island from 1853 to the present from Images of America: Friday Harbor and San Juan Island, an illustrated talk. Vouri and his wife, Julia Coffey-Vouri, authored two photo-books of the same title(s) in conjunction with the San Juan Historical Museum in 2009 and 2010. The couple utilized more than 400 images from the museum’s extensive collections in telling the story of first Friday Harbor and then the early nascent years of white settlement on San Juan.
The books focus on early pioneering town and community building, farming, fishing, schools, transportation, religious and social life and extended families.
“It was an opportune time to publish the books as we were able to draw on the knowledge of long-time island residents who are sadly no longer with us,” Vouri said. “Among those who contributed were Al Sundstrom, Al Nash, Nordine Jensen, Lynette King Guard and Jim Cahail.”
Cahail especially deserves special mention, Vouri said. “Jim brought a degree of expertise that only a multi-generational islander would know, and he had a terrific sense of humor, which reveals itself page by page in the books,” Vouri said.
The Vouri’s will sign books. All proceeds from sales go to the San Juan Historical Museum.