Giving Tuesday Nov 27th, 2018

Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center July 2017

Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center July 2017

The Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in 2004

The Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center is one of the oldest historic buildings in Stanwood, established as a public hall in 1902.  Its success as a community center over the last decade is attributed to the many volunteers and donors over the last years.  This year’s planned maintenance includes refinishing the hardwood floors (after many dancing feet and thousands of visitors) the repair of the North wall and ultimately re-roofing and repainting.

Read more details here and you can stop by from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27 to learn more.
Your contribution will be added to the funds accumulated with donations, grants and many volunteer work hours for this project.  Please help now by clicking on the Giving Tuesday link below.  Or Contact Us



Veteran’s Day Tribute

Veteran’s Day Tribute
November 10th, 2018
11:00 a.m. to Noon

  • Patriotic Music & Service Songs
  • Message From Old Glory
  • What Veterans Day Means to me: Veterans & Students
  • The Missing Man Table

A tribute to veterans will be held at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood on Saturday November 10, 2018—the day before the holiday’s centennial anniversary.  The hour long observance begins at 11 a.m.  The Cultural Center is located at 27130 102nd Ave. NW. where a new Community Veterans Memorial has just been completed.  The occasion includes short talks by veterans and middle schoolers on the significance of the day and why we honor veterans.  A homage to Old Glory will be given and service songs for all branches of the armed services will be performed.   A missing man table ceremony remembering those veterans who were lost in distant parts of the world will be presented.  Veterans attending are encouraged to wear your hats, vests, etc.  For additional information call 360-629-6110 or e-mail

Annual Membership Meeting Thursday Sept 27.

Stanwood Area Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting and Elections will be held on Sept. 27, 2018 at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center.
Free pizza and drinks will be served at 6:00 p.m.
Officer elections will be held for two expiring trustee positions and two officers.  Nominations will be open to anyone with an interest in working with the current board to guide the Stanwood Area Historical Society.   Stay for short report on accomplishments, goals, programs, activities and volunteer opportunities about 6:45 p.m.

Stanwood Area Veteran’s Memorial is now complete!

Stanwood Area Veterans Memorial to All Who Served in War and Peace

Stanwood Area Veterans Memorial to All Who Served in War and Peace

Stanwood Area Veteran’s Memorial is now complete!
Three and 1/2 years ago Bill Keller and Jim Joyce began the project of creating a small park at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center to be dedicated to the memory of local Veterans who lost their lives in the wars protecting American interests all over the world.
The memorial area has a new flagpole and granite monuments to these heroes and now it is a quiet place to stop and reflect on our history and role of our men and women who have served.
To fund this small park, individuals, students, community organizations and businesses have donated their time and funds towards its construction. The wall has been completed with the first 120 bricks we had engraved before construction. The Stanwood Area Historical Society will continue to sell blank bricks for the Veterans wall and they will engraved on site periodically with a minimum order and good weather conditions. The form for ordering is available here.

Stanwood Area Community Veterans Memorial

Stanwood Area Community Veterans Memorial

Stanwood Area Community Veterans Memorial

Once a town – East Stanwood, 1922-1960

East Stanwood 1909

Stanwood was once two towns.  The original pre-1890s riverfront “town” grew during the 1870s and 1880s at the mouth of the Stillaguamish River.  Then when the railroad went through a mile east, a new commercial district formed around the depot referred to as “East Stanwood.”  The photos are then and now views of East Stanwood before the commercial buildings were built.

East Stanwood was platted in 1906 but not incorporated until 1922.  In the meantime the commercial area we now know grew as the railroad provided more direct transportation than the steamboats that served the original Stanwood near the Twin City Foods area.  In the top photo the H&H railroad tracks are visible on the left.

The two story building on the left still exists but was moved to 27122 88th Ave. N.W. It was known as the Peterson Apartments.

“East Stanwood” 2018

The early buildings in the top photo seem much closer to the tracks than they appear in this contemporary view.

Visit the museum for more of the story.  See also other articles  East Stanwood businesses , Historic city hall,

By appointment or for more info, call 360-629-6110
Wednesdays and Fridays 1 – 4 pm.

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Official Dedication of Stanwood’s Community Veterans Memorial May 28th 

Monday Memorial Day May 28th Thanks to all the businesses, volunteers, students, organizations who contributed to the construction of this memorial. Almost all of it was donated.
1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Official Dedication of Stanwood’s Community Veterans Memorial 

May 28, 2018 will mark the dedication of Stanwood’s Community Veterans Memorial in conjunction with the national holiday.  The Memorial is located on the campus of the Stanwood Area Historical Society at 27130 102nd Ave. NW, adjacent to the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center.  The event begins at 1 p.m.
The schedule for the ceremony is:

                                Welcome – SAHS President
                                American Legion Posts Colors
                                National Anthem
                                Pledge of Allegiance
                                Blessing – Pastor Scott (Camano Lutheran Church)
                                Post Service Flags
                                Keynote Address – Mike Ballard
                                Reading of the names of the Fallen
                                Stanwood Middle School Band – God Bless America
                                21 Gun Salute
Keynote speaker Mike Ballard served six years in the military.  He was a member of the 101st Airborne in Vietnam where his awards included a Silver Star and Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster.  After the service he joined the Seattle Police Department and worked as a patrol office and teacher at the Police Academy for almost 30 years. The names of all the 49 fallen honored on the Veterans Memorial will be read aloud following Mike’s comments.  This dedication is the culmination of years of planning, fund raising and construction.
The Historical Society would like to offer our sincere appreciation to those businesses and professionals who so generously provided financial or in-kind assistance in the building of the Memorial.  They include in part:
Designs NW–Dan Nelson and Jayme Zold
Consultant Kevin Weiderstrom
The Crab Cracker–Jim and Malynda Shipley
Taylor’s Excavators–Harry Taylor
Stanwood Redi-Mix—Ken Christoferson & Eric Flones
Island Masonry Co.–Bruce Aalmo
Structural Engineer Chris Nickerson
Jay Lien
Lervick Family
Running Construction– Dan Runnings                          
Blue Chip Concrete– Shawn Wiles                             
Mad’s Electric– Chuck Suffern                        
Lenz Enterprises– Jason Lenz                              
Apollo Concrete Sawing– Gordon Oglesby                    
Gene’s Well Drilling–  Gene Hitt 
Alpine Communications Systems– Stan Labore                                                           
Members are encouraged to help with the event and bring cookies or cupcakes.
For more information, call 360-629-6110, e-mail or follow us on Facebook.