San Juan Historical Society and its museum shares and interprets the story of the peoples of San Juan Island.

Author: Kevin L

Lorraine McConaghy: Washington at War (WWI)

Wednesday, May 24, 7 pm at the San Juan Island Library.
One-hundred years ago in 1917, the US entered The Great War to fight alongside our European allies. But Washington’s homefront experience began long before the country entered the war, and continued afterward. Led by historian Lorraine McConaghy, the program begins with an illustrated introduction to the war’s themes before offering a “Readers’ Theater:” a script that is read aloud together, allowing participants to speak the history they are discovering.

Writing Our History Workshop 

Saturday, May 20 from 10-4 pm at the San Juan Island Library.
Eager to learn skills and resources for writing our local history?  Here’s your chance. This workshop, sponsored by HistoryLink’s Writing Our History Project, will present local, regional, state and federal sources of information, as well as general resources for genealogical research. Several case studies will highlight the diverse ways in which local historians have researched their specific topics.

From Oddfellows to Orcas: A History of the Oddfellows Hall 

Friday, May 19, 7 pm at the San Juan Island Library.
If these walls could talk…and sometimes they do in the former Odd Fellows Hall, now known as The Whale Museum. Robin Jacobson will bring you from the Mt. Dallas Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows, the benevolent organization that developed the property in 1892, to Orcas, with a modern Salish Sea focus as The Whale Museum in 1979.  Co-sponsor San Juan Historical Museum. 

Mike Vouri: Friday Harbor and San Juan Island Books 

Wednesday, May 17, 7 pm at the San Juan Island Library.
It’s been at least seven years since Mike and Julia Vouri wrote their Images of America Friday Harbor and San Juan Island books in conjunction with the San Juan Historical Museum.  Mike will revisit them with us, talking about the process of writing and research materials that have surfaced since then. Co-sponsor San Juan Historical Museum.