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Lighthouses and More Featured in National Historic Preservation Month

Lime Kiln Light House. Photo Courtesy of Maya's Westside Charters
Lime Kiln Light House. Photo Courtesy of Maya’s Westside Charters

May is the month when the entire nation celebrates history, architecture, and culture of the past. Communities share significant historic sites and buildings that tell the stories of the past, and celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and towns.

We are fortunate that Friday Harbor was one of the few towns to escape devastating fires in the 1800s, which is why you’ll see so many businesses in town housed in charming old wooden buildings. But there is more to the history of the island than a few blocks of architecture, and the San Juan Historical Museum has a full line-up of events for you to learn about the history of this captivating island.

Events for National Historic Preservation Month -May

All events held in the San Juan Historical Museum Resource Center


Saturday, May 12, 3:00 pm. Fish Tales with John Wade & friends. Hear fascinating tales of yore about the glory days of fishing in the San Juans. Learn about the people, the boats and the fishing methods used when salmon was king. Suggested donation $5, museum members no charge.

Saturday, May 19, 3:00 pm. Evergreen Lighthouses, Washington & Oregon, with noted author and lighthouse historian Elinor DeWire. A colorful armchair tour of the lighthouses of Washington and Oregon, past and present!

Travel up the coast from Cape Blanco to the Columbia River and Portland, then on to Cape Flattery and into the treacherous Strait of Juan de Fuca. Sail among the San Juans north to the tiny sentinel at nubby Point Roberts, then down the shore to Admiralty Inlet, Puget Sound, Seattle, and Olympia. Meet lightkeepers and their families, animal companions at lighthouses, even lighthouse ghosts. Hear true tales of shipwrecks, storms, fog, and unusual events. Learn about a bygone and cherished chapter of American history when human hands tended the lights along the Oregon and Washington shores.

Local lighthouse preservation groups will provide information about ongoing preservation efforts at Patos Island, Turn Point and Lime Kiln Lighthouses  Seating will be limited. Suggested donation $5, museum members no charge.

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 1:00-4:00 pm. Know  Your Island Walk. Meet Sandy Strehlou, Town of Friday Harbor Coordinator of Historic Preservation and Kevin Loftus, Director of San Juan Historical Museum.  Take Friday Harbor’s first-ever tour of Post War Architecture known as Recent Past Architecture; 1945-1960. Discover why these very familiar and often under-appreciated buildings are considered historic and important to our heritage. Tour ends with a private tour of the more distant past at the San Juan Historical Museum’s eight buildings, each with displays and exhibits depicting the unique history of San Juan Island. Free and open to the public.

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