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Historic Preservation Month

  1. Walk the Old Military Road

    May 15, 2021, 10:30 AM @ To Participate: Meet at the new visitor center at South Beach.

    Join historian and author Mike Vouri and members of the Old Military Road Trail committee as they explore the Military Road that once ran between American and English Camps. Discover the history of the road and how it served as a vital conduit for settlement and commerce, and eventually lead to the county roads we use today. To Participate: Meet at the new visitor center at South Beach. For information: mikevouri@yahoo.com. No pre-registration required. This event is free to the public.

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  2. History Lives in Us: Orcas Island “Back in the Day”

    May 18, 2021, 10:30 AM

    Tuesday, May 18th, 10:30am – History Lives in Us: Orcas Island “Back in the Day” (This is an on-line Zoom event. Pre-registration is required.) Join the Orcas Island Genealogy Club for a fun morning of unique and memorable stories of days past on Orcas Island! The focus will be on what the island was like back in the 1970s through the 1990s. How is Eastsound different now? The fire hall, the clinic, back to the landers and hippies, and of course, the ferry system. To Register: vleimback@gmail.com or Kathi Ciskowski at 360-376-4186 or ciskokid@rockisland.com. A zoom link will be sent via email before the meeting.

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  3. From Odd Fellows to Orcas

    May 18, 2021, 7:00 PM

    Tuesday, May 18th, 7:00pm - From Odd Fellows to Orcas (This is an on-line Zoom event. Pre-registration is required.) The former Odd Fellows Hall, now known as The Whale Museum, is home to stories both historical and supernatural. Its uses in Friday Harbor from 1892 through today include the infamous 1895 murder trial of teacher Richard Straub, the prohibitionist preaching fervor of Billy Sunday in 1910, decades as the social hub for island festivities, and later as Lee Bave's Island Gallery and her quirky San Juan Saga theatrical production. But it all began with the Mt. Dallas Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows. Join us as we travel in time from the Odd Fellows to Orcas, the Salish Sea focus and The Whale Museum. To Register: https://www.sjlib.org/event/local-history-month-robin-jacobson-from-odd-fellows-to-orcas-tues-may-18-7pm/ or contact Genevieve Iverson giverson@sjlib.org.

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  4. Architecture of the Recent Past: What Park Street Tells Us

    May 20, 2021, 5:00 PM

    (This is an on-line Go to Meeting event. Pre-registration is required.) Recent Past architecture (1940-1980) is ubiquitous, typically under-appreciated, and rarely considered historic. From modest FHA cottages and iconic Ranch Ramblers, to Mid-Century Modern split-level houses, buildings from this period reflect the history of America as it struggled with war and shortages, and later, when the prosperity of the 50s and 60s introduced backyard living, automobile culture, and eventually a modern space-age take on everything from architectural design to interior decor. The Town of Friday Harbor’s Historic Preservation Review Board is surveying the recent past architecture of Park Street as a study in residential development and character. Tune-in to hear about what Park Street is teaching us. To Register: sstrehlou@fridayharbor.org or 360.622.2037. An invitation with an event link will be sent to you via email prior to the event.

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  5. The Kanakas of San Juan Island

    May 26, 2021, 7:00 PM

    (This is an-line Zoom event. Pre-registration is required.) During the mid-19th century, Kanakas--Hawaiian Islanders--in the employ of the Hudson's Bay Company worked and settled on San Juan Island. Log-in to hear Boyd Pratt talk about these folks dear to his heart (and birthplace): why they came, how they dwelt here, and what legacies they left. To Register: Please contact Genevieve at giverson@sjlib.org for the Zoom invitation.

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  6. A Kepi in the Tide: Writing Historical Fiction

    May 27, 2021, 10:30 AM

    (This is an-line Go to Meeting event. Pre-registration is required.) Author and genealogist John Ickes is a distant relative of early San Juan Island artist Marjorie Walker (1906-1992). His historical research contributed to the understanding of Marjorie’s life and the online publication of her story https://www.historylink.org/File/20934. John has done extensive genealogical research on his family; research that uncovered the heroic and tragic story of his great uncle Hobart M. Walker (1842-1865), who fought and died for the Union Army during the Civil War. John will discuss Hobart’s story and the process he used to research and write the historically based fictionalized story of Hobart’s life A Kepi in the Tide. To Register: Sandy Strehlou sstrehlou@fridayharbor.org or 360.622.2037. An invitation with an event link will be sent to you via email prior to the event.

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  7. Flying into History: Roy Franklin, Island Aviation and Ernie’s Café

    May 28, 2021, 11:00 AM @ (This is an on-line Go to Meeting event. Pre-registration is required.)

    In 1995, The Smithsonian identified Roy Franklin of Friday Harbor as one of 22 most important pioneers in commuter aviation in the United States. His legacy, and that of others like Dr. Malcolm Heath, Ernie and Dodie Gann, and the Flying Eagles pilots, to name just a few, is remembered through the efforts of current-day island aviators who share their passion for flying, and the small but thriving airport they call home base. The airport and Ernie’s Café, named after author Ernest (Ernie) Gann, are important local landmarks. Although Ernie's has been closed temporarily since early December, it will reopen in May with a new look. Ernie's Cafe in the Ernest Gann Pilot Center will be operated by Jim Crossley and his wife, Kristine. The Roy Franklin Museum will exhibit his legacy and the history of aviation in the San Juan Islands. Join us as we explore the colorful history of island aviation and the importance of these historical and cultural landmarks.

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  8. A Pioneer Homestead Walk: The Sandwith Homestead and Orchard

    May 30, 2021, 9:00 AM

    (This is an in-person walking tour, please wear a mask. No pre-registration required.) San Juan Island, as with many of the other islands in the San Juans, has a long history of human habitation, including the period of pioneer settlers arriving from the American mainland via Europe and beyond. Some of those island settlers built farms, businesses and homes. In most cases, little remains of these efforts. One of the earliest settler families are the Sandwiths who left a beautiful orchard and remnants of their homestead near English Camp. This 1.5-mile round trip walk will introduce you to the Sandwiths, their orchard, and the life of pioneers on the islands in the 19th century. To Participate: Walk from English Camp parking lot to Sandwith Homestead site (Approx. ¾ miles each way, total 1.5 miles). For Information: Jeffery Hodge Jeffery_hodge@nps.gov. This event is free to the public.

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Town Hall Calendar

  1. Town Council - Afternoon Session

    May 20, 2021, 12:00 PM @ Town Council Chambers

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  2. Historic Preservation Review Board

    May 26, 2021, 6:00 PM @ Town Council Chambers

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