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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

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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