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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.

Community Veterans Memorial Dedication

Thanks to all the businesses, volunteers, students, organizations who contributed to the construction of this memorial. Almost all of it was donated.

Thanks to all the businesses, volunteers, students, organizations who contributed to the construction of this memorial. Almost all of it was donated.

Monday Memorial Day May 28th 2018
1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dedication of the Community Veterans Memorial

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 will soon be 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. There is a wall to be completed soon with commemorative bricks with the names of any Veteran, from anywhere, who served in war or peace.

Though the bricks will not be on the wall yet, they will be on display in the FNCC at the event and it is possible to still order bricks with names of veterans.
Contact us or Bill Keller or Jim Joyce for details.  Click here for Bricks of Remembrance Order Form.

Stanwood/Camano Area Oral History Project

Stanwood/Camano Area Oral History Project
Project Kick-Off Event

Wednesday, January 31
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center  (across from the Stanwood Library)

This event is a partnership between the library, the Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, and the Stanwood Area Historical Society.

We want to hear your stories! Join us to learn more about an upcoming oral history project partnership between the Stanwood Library, the Stanwood Camano Resource Center, and the Stanwood Area Historical Society. The project will be based off of the StoryCorps model and interviews will be uploaded to the StoryCorps archives. Further details on how you can participate will be shared at the event, and you can also sit in and observe as former WA state senator Mary Margaret Haugen gives the first interview and tells some of her own stories! January 31st, 6-7:30pm, across the street from the library at the Stanwood Camano Resource Center 9612 271st Street NW Stanwood, WA.

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Giving Tuesday 2017

Giving Tuesday Click here for more info

Line art by Peter Beaulieu capturing the historical details of the house in in the 1990s.

On Tuesday Nov 28 the Stanwood Camano community is participating in a collective day of giving.  One of the recipients is the Stanwood Area Historical Society.  We are asking for funds to supplement our budget for repairs and rehabilitation of the D. O. Pearson House Museum windows and other general maintenance historical repairs.  The repair project plan is described on this link:

The photo below depicts the Pearson in the 1920s or 30s, sometime before the wooden sidewalks were replaced by concrete.  The photographer of the day is unknown

H & H Program ~ The Life of Illustrator Fanny Cory

H & H ~ Hors d’oeuvres & History
At the Floyd
Sunday October 15th, 2017 • 4 – 6 p.m.
Celebrate the Life of Illustrator Fanny Cory
Join us to discover the art and story of Fanny Y. Cory.
Fanny Cory began illustrating children’s books in 1898.  Between 1926 and 1956, she created popular comic strips such as Sonnysayings and Little Miss Muffet; this, in an age when women cartoonists were rare.  Fanny Cory regularly sold her illustrations to national periodicals such as Harper’s Bazaar, Scribner’s, Youth’s Companion, McClure’s and Saturday Evening Post.
The event is co-sponsored by Cory’s descendants, the Dorsey family of Camano Island.  They’ve produced a book and DVD of her life which will be shown.  Its author will be present to sign books.  Examples of Cory’s art will be displayed and Ann Dorsey will offer some insights on her grandmother’s life and talents.  The bluegrass band, Days Brothers, will perform a musical tribute to Cory.
All talks begin at 4 p.m. at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center. Refreshments include appetizers and desserts served with coffee, tea, and sparkling juice and wine. Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center (Google map) located at 27130 102nd Ave. NW. in Stanwood, Washington. 

Peter Henning – The Builder, 1868 – 1955

Join us for this Sunday’s (9/17) H & H Program featuring the life story of the intrepid Swedish American pioneer, Peter Henning.

Henning (1868-1955) was one of our colorful and influencial pioneers who settled in and helped develop the community known as East Stanwood.  His career included experience as a Yukon Gold Rush entrepreneur, railroad and road builder, logger, farmer, and millworker.  He was influential in the development of the East Stanwood school district of the day, the early banks, the Snohomish County Roads Commision and the Stevens Pass Highway Assn.

Enduring many hardships and setbacks he still led a life of hard work with many more successful accomplishments.

The program features a DVD presentation highlighting the story told in the book.

Refreshments include appetizers and desserts served with coffee, tea, and sparkling juice and wine. Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center.