Educational outreach is critical to the mission of the San Juan Historical Society and Museum. Sharing the island experience, providing windows to the past, and interpreting the lessons history has to teach visitors and volunteers alike.
School tours are a real pleasure to guide through the museum’s building, especially when most of the children have never seen a dial telephone or an iron that runs on kerosene. The carriage house has wall to wall tools that are no longer carried at the local hardware store, and visiting the restored county jail is a mild form of “scared straight” lessons from the past.
Each year, in conjunction with the Skagit Valley College San Juan Island center, about 50 groups of travelers are provided with a guided tour of the museum. These travelers come from all over the world to be involved in a three day or two week Pacific Northwest adventure, and the visit to the Historical Museum gives these visitors a true picture of the independence, self-sufficiency and character of the San Juan Islanders, then and now.
During 2018, the Museum will be creating Educational Outreach trunks for use by local schoolteachers and home schooled students. The trunks will encapsulate a period in time on the island, including newspapers, magazines, photos, artifacts, and lesson plans. If you would like to participate in the production and vision of these trunks, please contact us.