Many of our exhibits have been undergoing extensive revisions and some are completely new. Our museum behind the Pearson House has new display hanging systems and exhibit lighting (completely LED) thanks to a Snohomish County Community Heritage grant in received in 2015.
Please make an appointment for a tour with one of our board members or volunteers to lead you through the changes. If you come by during our open hours and we have no one available, please make an appointment. We welcome new volunteers, especially people who would like to learn more history and share it as a tour guide. We will match you up with someone to learn from, contact us.
D. O. Pearson House – Historic home of Stanwood’s first mayor. Maintained as a Victorian Period Home.
Includes Miniature Dollhouses – Third floor, Pearson House
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center – Historic Fraternal Hall used as event space with museum exhibit featured on the third floor. The last few years have featured Waistlines & Hemlines Fashion and Vintage Women’s Clothing Exhibit.
Stanwood Camano Area Museum
- Stanwood High Schools’ Class Picture Project – Museum ramp
- Market & Main Street History in Pictures – Museum ramp
- East Stanwood History in Pictures – Museum ramp
- Early Stanwood / Camano Area Fabric Art — Sewn by Camano Island Quilters & designed by Jack Gunter – – Museum 2nd Floor
- The Story of the Stanwood Waterfront – Stillaguamish River and aerial views of historic Stanwood. – Museum 2nd Floor
- The Stories Maps Tell – A Cartographer’s View of Port Susan, Stanwood Area and Camano Island. – Museum 2nd Floor
- Country Schools and Town Schools – Photographs of Stanwood Area Historic Schools – Museum Stair Display area
And there is more to follow soon !
Stanwood Area Historical Society’s 5th Annual Spring Tea and Vintage Fashion Exhibit “Waistlines and Hemlines”
Saturday April 16th at 1:00. Tea served at 2:00
Seating is limited and prepaid reservations are required by April 8th.
Tickets are $20.00 each. (Scroll down for more information)
Bring is your friends, reserve a table and enjoy an elegant tea, savory sandwiches and home-made sweets catered by the Culinary Arts students of Stanwood High School. (Mimosas are extra.)
The exhibit, ‘Waistline and Hemlines”, features the museum’s extensive collection of women’s vintage clothing from 1880 to 1970. Outfits range from wool swimsuits to lace wedding dresses. Come see the recent additions to this exceptional exhibit. In addition, the photography exhibit vividly tells the story of the remarkable women who lived in the Stanwood area before and during the first seventy years of the twentieth century.
We will be honoring Mrs. Alice M. Davison, principal of Stanwood High School, who spent 42 years in Stanwood school system. Mary Margaret Haugen will talk about her and we encourage you to share your memories as well.
One hundred years ago in Stanwood the “Stanwood Tidings” (the local newspaper) compiled a special Issue featuring the Achievements in this community by local businesses and institutions. At this time the first world war was changing the face of Europe and in Everett four men died in the Everett Masscre in a labor riot blamed on the I. W.W.
Wisconsin Timber Co. that became Clough Lumber Co., 1923 then Hamilton Lumber.
Railroad tracks along the wharf to load timber & sawdust onto steamers or barges. Giant burner used to generate power for electric company in early years. It was located along Stillaguamish River waterfront and Irvine Slough. Photographer : John T. Wagness. [see the book “Stanwood Story”, v. 2, p. 4, 22, 32, 38 for the rest of the story]
In Stanwood, business was booming. Both The Stanwood Lumber Company and the Wisconsin Timber companies (opened Dec 1916) dominated the waterfront.
The community near the depot referred to as East Stanwood had formed a Commercial Club and would soon incorporate in 1922 as a separate town. Streets were being paved with bricks and the Pacific Highway was just being built.
Dec. 21st 7 pm. Monday Evening.
During the busy holiday season the exhibits will be closed beginning Dec 23 – through Jan 1st.
We will be open again on Jan 3.
New docents are welcome, contact us for scheduling and training or with questions.
We will be checking the phone and emails periodically for questions and scheduling future visits and tours and rentals.
Click the image for a history of the D. O. Pearson House.
The Stanwood Area Historical Society is participating in the 24-hour online Giving Tuesday event organized by the Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation and partners*. Our project is our D. O. Pearson House window replacement project.
The south side of the D. O. Pearson House has taken over a century of wind, sun, rain and temperature fluctuations and the windows are bit worse for wear. Unfortunately they are beyond puttying and shimming. They must be replaced but replacing historic windows is not an off-the-shelf job. We will have to have the windows custom made to match the original size and character of the house and according to the Secretary of the Interior Historic Preservation guidelines. Please help if you can, we hope to have this house last another 100 years. If you have more questions, contact us!
Click here for more information. Donations can be made by check and dropped off on the day of the event at the Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center from 7 a.m. to midnight or at Camano Community Center from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Checks should be made payable to SCAF and specify which project(s) they are for.
*Thank you to our Sponsors
Thank you to our Sponsors!
The shovelnose dugout Indian canoe in the photograph below was prepared for its journey upriver by truck. But it spent many years being navigated by pole by expert canoeists of the Stillaguamish Tribe.
Shovelnose Indian canoe on a special truck for returning the canoe upriver for the last time.
This flat bottom canoe sleekly moved across shallow waters up and down the Stillaguamish River in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It had been found in the river possibly lost, sunken or washed away by a flood and was “rescued” by local resident in the 1960s. It was purchased by Mike and Penny Buse in an estate sale in the 1990s. Since then it was held at the Stanwood Area Historical Society, occasionally seen by visitors who had an interest, but mostly in storage.
Today, Oct 26th, 2015 Shawn Yanity accepted the return of the canoe from the Stanwood Area Historical Society for his people. It will be be on display soon at the Tribal Administration building. He told a story remembering observing how swiftly a woman of his tribe was able to navigate the canoe – one of the last perhaps who had such a skill.
The canoe is 28 feet long and about 26 inches at the mid gunwale. It was made before 1900 with a few improvements, repairs as well as cracks but no recent modernizations. It is an important cultural artifact to the Stillaguamish people who were people of the river as their name suggests. Men and women used these canoe to carry belongings up and down river highway for their own transportation needs as well as for new settlers coming into the Stillaguamish Valley.
We are happy that it has finally found its way home.
A similar shovelnose canoe being poled by men sorting shingle bolts for transport down river. John Ellingson is the man at the top of the canoe. The bridge is thought to be the Arlington railroad bridge. From the SAHS Photograph collection 2001.218.01.
Join us for a frightful and fun Halloween Costume Party Fund Raiser !
Saturday October 31, 2015
7 – 11 pm
$10.00 per person
Enjoy a Night of Games, Music and Activities.
Come dressed in Costume of the 1800s [or costume of your choice]
Appetizers, Treats and Beverages provided.
Prizes awarded throughout the night
21 and over.
Halloween Party at the Floyd
Oct. 31 – 7 pm – 11 pm
Teachers, Writers, History and Genealogy Researchers, Students, Media! – Anyone interested in learning how to do basic historical research.
October is Archives month, and you are invited to attend a free workshop!
[The class is free but please register – see below for link.]
The Basics of Historical Research
Saturday, October 10
9 a.m. – Noon
at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood
(also in Bellevue or Bellingham October 24)
The Basics of Historical Research is for teachers, students, beginning genealogists, and others interested in exploring the past. You’ll get practical advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information that you will need to investigate and interpret a historical topic for a museum exhibit, class project, community celebration, curriculum enrichment, research article, History Day, a classroom based assessment (CBA), or personal historical interest.
This class will cover:
- What primary sources are—and aren’t
- What historical sources are—and how to use them
- How to use the library system
- How to use archival collections
- How to find and use reliable online resources
- How to properly cite your sources
- How to use information from different sources
Seating is limited, so be sure to REGISTER NOW AT http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/RecordsManagement/TrainingSignup.aspx . Scroll down to Oct 10 or Oct 24. Select the site and click on the “Register” button.
If you have any questions, please contact Mike Saunders at the Puget Sound Regional Archives.
Michael S. Saunders
1919 Crane Truck on display at the Stanwood Camano Community Fairgrounds.
This rusty remnant of our machine past now has an honored resting place at the Stanwood Camano Community Fairgrounds. According to the display caption, it was assembled in 1919 for the Washington Staet Bridge Building Union and had a role in building bridges in Western Washington. In 1930 it was sold to Walt Garrison of Camano Island and used to log the entire south end of Camano Island. Please see the write up below written by the fairgrounds volunteers who set up the truck for visitors. Our Thanks to them for preserving this piece of our history!
1919 Crane Truck Story
Photographer: Charles Terry. Click the image to see a larger version.
Paul Dorpat, Seattle historical photograph expert shared this photograph with the Stanwood Area Historical Society many years ago. He is a collector of vintage photographs of places in Washington State.
The Camano Island Chamber of Commerce recently updated its Camano Gateway sign at the fork in the road (State Route 532). But this directory shows several now historical places, businesses, resorts, beaches, etc. Note the prominent landmark location referring to Terry’s Corner. This corner used to refer to the intersection of North Camano Drive and Sunrise Blvd which is why there are so many trees in the distance on the hillside behind the sign. There was a stop sign there as there is now. The right turn takes you to Utsalady and the left turn takes you south. This photograph was taken before the fork was put in the State Highway Dept in the 1960s so the photograph would be dated some time in the 1950s or early 60s. It was located at the time at the stop sign intersection beyond the current gateway Camano Island Chamber of Commerce building because S. R. 532 to the south end had not yet bypassed that intersection.
The name of the photographer has been identified as Charles Terry, the owner of the property at the time. The 1932 Kroll map clipping shows that at the time it belonged to William Terry, Charles father. For more on this history, see the book Camano Island Images of America (Arcadia Publishing, 2006.
If you have information that would further date this photograph, such as the dates that Seashell Café existed, please let us know! Contact us.