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The San Juan Historical Society was formed in 1961; a generous donation by island resident George Peacock provided the Society with the 1894 King family farmhouse and grounds for the site of a working, active museum.  In the 50+ years since that time, the Museum has accumulated family collections of the pioneers, newspapers of over a century, a resource library, thousands of photos, artifacts and memorabilia of San Juan Island and the Pacific Northwest United States.

Chronicling and preserving the stories of the peoples who made San Juan Island their home is the mission of the San Juan Historical Society and Museum.  This task requires time, effort and funding.

Time and Effort

It is important to the Museum that volunteers are pursuing their love for history and the Island, and the value of this time and effort is priceless.  Each volunteer is welcomed by an initial orientation of the ongoing projects and the existing facilities.  After identifying what areas interest the volunteer and time availability, the work begins.  It is just that simple. Projects are set up in two hour slots, and are integrated within a larger project, with a project leader.  The amount of two hour slots is up to the volunteer.  Many of our volunteers come in weekly, for two or three slots per week.  Others can only manage a quick drop by; all hours are treasured and work toward the museum’s goals and purposes. 


Over the 50 year history of the Museum, the mission has been to keep expenses low, and stay out of long term debt.  The Museum operates on donations only.  The Museum is a non-profit organization, not affiliated with any government entity. Please click on the buttons below to become a part of this important work.


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