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

Marjorie Walker: Artist, Bohemian, Islander

Marjorie Walker was born to a wealthy New York family, attended the prestigious Art Students League in New York, and traveled the world before finding her way to San Juan Island in 1949 to become the island’s first professionally-trained artist.  Sandy Strehlou will cover her fascinating life before and after she discovered the island. Refreshments are […]

Coast Salish Series: Swil Kanim

Swil Kanim, US Army Veteran, classically trained violinist, native storyteller and actor, is a member of the Lummi Nation, and inspires audiences to express themselves honorably.

San Juan Historical Museum Open House and Picnic

As part of “History Lives Here” month, during the month of May and in preparation for the summer visitor season, the San Juan Historical Society and Museum will have an open house to welcome the community and interested visitors to this popular attraction in Friday Harbor.  The Museum’s heritage buildings and grounds will be open […]

Roche Harbor Pioneer Cemetery Guided Tour

Roche Harbor’s rustic pioneer cemetery, dating back to 1887, is the final resting place for over 27 of its lime works employees and their children. Its tranquil setting in the woods features white wrought iron and wooden fences. Join local researcher Robin Jacobson for a one-hour biographical tour with life stories of some of these […]

Friday Harbor Guided Walking Tour: Considering Post-War Architecture with Fresh Eyes

Post War or Recent Past architecture is often overlooked when considering historic preservation and local history. Ubiquitous buildings from the 40s, 50s, and 60s are so familiar that it can be difficult to understand the story they tell. Join Town of Friday Harbor historic preservation coordinator on a healthy walk through two residential neighborhoods with […]