Program : She Traveled Solo

Program She Traveled Solo March 17 Floyd Norgaard Cultural CenterShe Traveled Solo: Strong Women in the Early 20th Century
Sunday, March 17th,  4 – 6 p.m.
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center

To honor Womens History Month join us for a program by writer, artist and outdoorswoman Tessa Hulls.  Her presentation features stories of intrepid early 19th century travelers who defied expectations and embarked on adventures and journeys that have remained largely untold.  Inspired by early documents and photographs Tessa Hulls provides a new perspective on these adventurers before they could vote or own property.

The program is co-sponsored by the Camano Island Library Friends , Humanities Washington and hosted by the Stanwood Area Historical Society as part of it H & H Hors d’oeuvres & History program series.  (Scroll below)
More resources produced by Library Staff
Snohomish Womens Legacy Project Biographies of Snohomish County Women.

Program She Traveled Solo March 17 Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center

The Peterson Buildings – on the brick Main Street

Our Historic brick Main street has two of the very few brick buildings in Stanwood.  The two brick buildings side by side  on the south side of Main street were built in the 1929 and early 30s.

They were often referred to as the Peterson Buildings, built by a Mr. Peterson, a local contractor who we know little about so far.

The east building was built as the Citizens Bank.  The Citizens bank company built a larger bank across the street one year later and became the Bank of Stanwood. The original building was taken over by a dentist though we are unsure of the exact succession of owners.

The west building was first used as the West Coast Telephone Company for many years.  West Coast Telephone was one of the many independent community telephone companies that operated in small usually rural communities outside of A T & T.

We are still working on the succession history of owners/renters of each building and help is always welcome.  Contact us!  If you like old buildings, consider helping us with research of our buildings for our participation in the September Historic Sites tour…




Spring Tea – Save the Date

Please save the date!
Stanwood Area Historical Society’s 8th Annual
SAT. MAR. 30th at 12:30
TEA SERVED at 1:30
Due to the popularity of the tea
Prepaid reservations are required.


Stanwood Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 69 • Stanwood, WA 98292
360-629-6110 • (

Celebrating the Community Heritage Grant

Snohomish County Clouncilman Nate Nehring and Richard Hayes presenting Community Heritage Grant check for historic preservation repairs and maintenance of D. O. Pearson House.

Snohomish County Councilman Nate Nehring and Richard Hanks presenting Community Heritage Grant check for historic preservation repairs and maintenance of D. O. Pearson House.

Councilman Nate Nehring presented to SAHS President Richard Hanks the check for the Community Heritage Grant funds that will be received this year for repairs and improvements to the historic Pearson House.
With matching funds from past Giving Tuesday donations for contractor work and volunteer labor the outside work on the D.O. Pearson House has been completed.  The interior of the Pearson House kitchen will be painted and will more closely match an 1890s era of the house. Wainscoting will be added to the interior walls of the living room. Safety and structural repairs on the SE corner of the Eldridge Center (museum) exterior stairway were also made. See previous posts for accounts of the progress made throughout the last few years. Though not a part of this project emergency replacement of the 20 year old gas furnace was necessary also recently. Minimal heating is necessary to preserve artifacts and prevent moisture damage in historic houses.  Thanks to all who are unnamed who have contributed to the project this year and remember(ed) us on Giving Tuesday

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