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July 4th “Historical Days”...

July 4th “Historical Days” – Vendor Applications Now Available
The Museum is now taking applications for our annual Historical Days Celebration. This year the events fall on Friday, July 4th and will take place on the Green from 11am – 4pm. We are interested in taking applications from local vendors selling or promoting goods and services of all kinds, excluding food and beverages. If you are inter [...]

Cedar & Maple Violin

Violin
  By Clark McAbee The objects and artifacts that make up a museum collection can be inspirational in their design, use, material, or simply the fact that they have survived fire or flood to be exhibited engenders awe. Artifacts like structures or buildings are a physical example of their time, the materials, place, techniques and the emb [...]

Flotsam and Jetsam

Flotsam and Jetsam
Flotsam and Jetsam- or how in the World did this end up on Orcas Island? by Clark McAbee Working in the museum archives cataloging the photos and artifacts gathered during the organization’s sixty plus years of existence (more if you count Ethan Allen’s collecting a century ago) I am often struck both by the variety and oddity of some of th [...]

Washington Rural Heritage Supports Ge...

Washington Rural Heritage Supports Geoghegan Digitization Project
  A memorable photograph from the Geoghegan Collection  We are pleased to announce that the Orcas Island Library has received a grant from the Washington State Library to digitize one hundred photographs from our extensive collection of negatives taken by local photographer James T. Geoghegan. This project is part of Washington Rural He [...]

OIHM Applies for and Receives Histori...

OIHM Applies for and Receives Historic Preservation Grant
In May our Curator, Clark McAbee, drafted and submitted an Historic Preservation Grant to San Juan County in order to make repairs and improvements to our collection of historic cabins, which house many of our treasured historical artifacts. The total estimated budget for this project is $3300 and the grant request was for $2200. We are delig [...]

Smuggling in the San Juans

Smuggling in the San Juans
BY Iris Parker-Pavitt Before jurisdiction over San Juan waters was decided with the outcome of the “Pig War” boundary dispute in 1872, trade with Canada without the use of customs or duties was the norm. However, after the San Juans were ruled to be United States territory, this practice became not trade but smuggling. In 1891, Senator Watson [...]

June 2013 Newsletter

June 2013 Newsletter
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May 2013 Newsletter

May 2013 Newsletter
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The Steamship Beaver

The Steamship <i>Beaver
  by Clark McAbee, Curator We have many unique and interesting artifacts in the Orcas Island Historical Museum. From Bison Antiquus’ nearly 15,000-year-old skull to rare photographs and recent acquisitions, like an unpublished cowboy murder mystery. Our collection is varied, diverse and challenging to conserve. One of my favorite artifacts [...]

Fundraiser at Doe Bay Cafe: Thursday ...

Fundraiser at Doe Bay Cafe: Thursday evenings in May
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