Category Archives: Events

Begin your Camano Historic Sites Tour Here!

Stanwood’s Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center will be the Welcome Center for Camano Island’s Historic Sites tour March 25th and 26th.

Maps and information on the Island’s sites will be available at the Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The entire complex, owned by the Stanwood Area Historical Society, will be open during this time, highlighting exhibits in the Pearson house and SAHS museums and including a new Veteran’s display in honor of the memorial being planned by the SAHS.

In addition the Floyd will feature historic and cultural organizations from the greater area which will provide information and crafts of their respective groups.  These include book signings by local historians, Stanwood’s Park and Trails Commission, the League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations, the Stanwood House, the Camano Quilter’s Guild, Josephine Caring Community as well as the Stillaguamish Tribe and Tulalip Tribes of Native Americans.  Homemade soups and treats will also be available for sale before visitors begin their trek of the Island.  Passports noting visits to the various sites will be available at the Floyd.  The passports can also be dropped off at the Floyd for those participating in drawings for prizes.

The Floyd is easily accessible at 27108 102nd Ave NW (Market Street), two blocks off State Highway 532.  A great day of exploring Camano Island begins with a preliminary visit to the Floyd in Stanwood.

New Exhibits Afternoon & Norway Night – Sunday Sept 18th

Sunday, September 18th

Open House • Tour the New and Updated Museum Exhibits in Museum behind the D. O Pearson House
1 – 4 p.m.

Followed By
Hors d’oeuvres & History
Norway Night • 4 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 18th
Join us for Norwegian desserts and refreshments while hearing Norwegian pioneer family histories and short presentations on the Norwegian influence on Stanwood and vicinity.
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center

SAHS celebrates dairy farming Sept 10

The Stanwood Area Historical Society members have been preparing exhibits for Centennial Trail History Day on Saturday Sept 10th from 11 – 3 pm.

SAHS members will be on hand with displays to talk about dairy farming at the Nakashima Trailhead.  If you haven’t checked out this great historical trail – take this opportunity!

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Spring Tea April 16 – Join Us

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.)

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.

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.

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.

 

December Activities at SAHS and the Floyd

Another wonderful holiday Jeffrey Cohan Concert – Jazzin with Classics for Christmas

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.

Stanwood Camano Giving Tuesday Dec 1st

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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,
Gail Ryer,

*Thank you to our Sponsors
Thank you to our Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors!

 

Indian Canoe returns to Stillaguamish Tribe after a long journey

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.

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.  DSC_0024IndianCanoecropt
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.

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.

Halloween Costume Party at the Floyd

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

Halloween Party at the Floyd
Oct. 31 – 7 pm – 11 pm

Free Class – “Basics of History Research” at the Floyd

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
Regional Archivist
Mike.saunders@sos.wa.gov
425-564-3950

Musical Traditions

The Camano Island Cornet Band was one of the popular local bands that played community even95_107_01camanoislandbandpostcardts.  Judging by the style of photo and other details, they played around 1910.

These bandsmen pictured in this special photographic postcard are Lester Nelson, Arthur Einarsen, Harold Knutsen, Oscar Bodine, Ernest Einarsen, Sophus Borreson, Levi Thompson, Olaf Knutsen, Carl Land, Pete Wold and T.W. Magelssen.  They are perhaps not unlike the current South End String Band scheduled to play Feb 7th at the Floyd.

Not much is known about them, so if you have information about them, please let us know! The names were listed in the “Stanwood Story” by Alice Essex, v. 2 p. 100