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. 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

•  Orcas Island Historical Museum - Presenting Orcas Voices, May 20 - Sept 30

•  Orcas Island Historical Museum - Cruise into History, May 21

•  Researching Our History, May 13

•  Rosario Resort Music Concert and Historical Narrative, Saturdays May 1 - 31

Lopez Island 

•  KWIAHT Wide & Wild- Native Foods & Wildflowers, May 14

San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

•   Friday Harbor Labs Open House, May 20

•  Know Your Islanders Talk: Know Your Island Barns , May 1

•   Know Your Island Walk: St. Francis and Valley Cemeteries, May 27

•  Kwiaht - Celebrating the Coast Salish Wooly Dog, May 7

•  Lime: Quarrying and Limemaking in the San Juan Islands, Presentation, & Book Launch, May 12

•  Researching Our History, May 20

•   San Juan Island Farmers Market at the Historic Brickworks Plaza, Saturdays May 6 - 27

•  San Juan Historical Museum - A Glimpse into the Past, March 22

•  San Juan Historical Museum - A Photographic History of San Juan Island, May 17

•   San Juan Historical Museum - From Odd Fellows to Orcas, May 19

•  San Juan Historical Museum - Washington at War (WWI), May 24

•  San Juan Island National Historical Park - Open House of the Officer's Quarters at American Camp, May 13

•  San Juan Island National Historical Park - Nature Walk: Wildflowers' at American Camp, May 20

•  Traditional Memorial Day Parade, May 29

•  Writing Our History Workshop, May 20


Historic Lodging Properties

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

San Juan Island/Friday Harbor

•  Bird Rock Hotel - Sneakaway in May and save up to 20%!, May 1 - 31

•  Driftwood Farm Cottage - A Piece of Pig War History, May 1 - June 16

•  Etta's Place - History Lives Here Special, May 1 - 31

•  Roche Harbor Resort - Historic Cottage Special, May 1 - 31

Orcas Island

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

•  Kangaroo House B & B - Making Memories Special, May 1 - June 1

Lopez Island