H & H ~ Hors d’oeuvres & History

H&HorsLogoThmb3All talks begin at 4 p.m. at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center (Google map) located at 27130 102nd Ave. NW. in Stanwood, Washington. The Spring series will begin Mar 19; details for Apr 9; May 21, 2017 to be announced.

Hank Cramer Returns to the Floyd
Sunday afternoon March 19th, 2017  4 p.m.
Hank Cramer is a musician, historian, and educator. He weaves music and history into his presentations, and provides insight into the “folk process” by which traditional songs have evolved. As a vocalist and guitarist, he has built a repertoire of more than 1,000 modern and traditional songs spanning the “folk music” genre. He appeared last May and was so appreciated we have asked him to come back for new old songs and stories!  Read more



Sunday November 20th, 2016 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Richard Blumental, Author and historian will share his insights after many years of research and study of the journals and logs of Captain George Vancouver and other pre-19th century voyages to discover the Pacific Ocean.  For those who may have forgotten their Washington State history, in 1792 Captain Vancouver and his crew explored and named Puget Sound as the United States were being established on the other side of the continent.  The accounts of his logs and the logs of his crewmen were the first recorded observations of our now familiar waters.   Hear about the grounding of the Chatham in Port Susan, the naming of Port Gardner, Saratoga Passage and Mount Baker by Mr. Blumenthal who has long studied and compared these accounts.  Join us for this fascinating look at the transition from Puget Sound’s pre-history to our contemporary world.

Come early and view our new Native American exhibit “Spirits of the People”, our map exhibit “The Stories Map Tell” about Vancouver and the Spanish explorations and our Stanwood exhibit “A Walk Down Market & Main Street and Along The Waterfront” at the History Museum & Research Library behind the Pearson House.
Sunday October 16th 2016 • 4 – 6 p.m. Program Cancelled due to weather
Stillaguamish Tribe Speakers Tamara Neuffer & Gloriana Tatro
Tamara Neuffer, Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Stillaguamish Tribe Natural Resources Department  Gloriana Tatro, A Stillquamish Tribal member, will share traditional cedar and bead work from her collection.

Sunday, September 18th 2016 Norway Night • 4 – 6 p.m.  

Sunday May 15th, maritime historian Chuck Fowler will talk on the tall ships which plied the waters of the Puget Sound. Mr. Fowler is author of Tall Ships of the Puget Sound and has two decades of research experience on these majestic ships.

Sunday March 13th Lincoln scholar and author Dr. Richard Hanks will present “Looking for Lincoln.” He will speak about Lincoln’s early life and the philosophies that guided him as president. Dr. Hanks, a recent Camano Island resident, is related to Lincoln through Nancy Hanks Lincoln, the president’s biological mother. He grew up in Beardstown, Illinois, a town familiar to Lincoln as a lawyer and politician.

Sunday April 24th historian Penny Buse  spoke on local Indian villages. 
(Richard Blumenthal, author of Maritime Place Names: Inland Washington Waters, was to speak on the various explorations of the Puget Sound and how the names we know today were given to locations around western Washington’s inland waterways but that has been postponed until the Fall.)

Sunday afternoon, November 15, 2015 at 4:OO PM.
Guest Speaker: SAHS board member Penny Buse onthe subject of Stillaguamish Indian Esther Ross.
Esther Ross spent fifty years of her life fighting the U..S. Government for federal recognition for her tribe.Sunday afternoon , October 18th, 2015 4 p.m.
4 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Chuck Fowler on the subject of “Tugboats on Puget Sound”.
Mr. Chuck Fowler was the 2014 recipient of the Washington State Historical Society’s Robert Gray Medal and for many years has been a leader in King County Heritage related activities. He is the author of several books and articles on maritime history in the Pacific Northwest and will visit Stanwood to speak and answer questions about this fascinating and colorful early transportation era in our State’s history. From the book jacket: While square-rigged sailing ships, steamboats and ferries, and ever-larger cruise and cargo-carrying vessels have made their mark on Puget Sound’s maritime history, no other vessels have captured the imagination of shore-bound seafarers like tugboats. Beginning in the 1850s when the first steam-powered tugboats arrived in the Sound from the East Coast via San Francisco, company owners and their crews competed fiercely for business, towing ships, log rafts, and barges. The magnetic attraction of powerful, tough tugs both large and small is unexplainable but enduring. This book, featuring about 200 rare historic images and carefully researched text, tells the colorful story of tug boating on Puget Sound.
(Topic of program was previously advertised as the Tall Ships program and has since changed; Presenter is the same)

Silvana School circa 1910; 2004.16.29Silvana Area Schools History Program
Guest Speakers: Local Historians Loren Kraetz and Sue Walde
Sunday September 20th, 2015
4 p.m.
Stillaguamish Valley Historian, A. Loren Kraetz, along with Sue Walde will present a program featuring the history of pioneer schools around Silvana. Learn about all 5 schoolhouses including the first schoolhouse that opened in 1884.  Join us to listen and share history of pioneer students, structures built in the days of outhouses and pot belly stoves that were tended by the teachers.

Hank Cramer Returns to the Floyd
Sunday afternoon May 17th, 2015 4 p.m.
Hank Cramer is a musician, historian, and educator. He weaves music and history into his presentations, and provides insight into the “folk process” by which traditional songs have evolved. As a vocalist and guitarist, he has built a repertoire of more than 1,000 modern and traditional songs spanning the “folk music” genre. He appeared last October and was so appreciated we have asked him to come back for new old songs and stories!  Read more

April 12th, 2015  4 p.m.
Book Talk
by Val Schroeder on her recent publication
Exploring Camano Island – A History and Guide

Local teacher, author and activist speaks about writing her book “Exploring Camano Island” detailing her observations of the amazing volunteer efforts to preserve some of Camano Island’s open space for everyone to enjoy.  Precious little public access to beaches is available on Camano Island so as early as 1949 the story begins with the South Camano Grange efforts to establish a State Park.  The tradition continues with other public land acquisitions through conservation futures funds.  Hear more of this unique story of self reliance.

March 8th 4 p.m. – “A Historical and Cultural Pilgrimage on a 14 foot Boat” by Tug Buse.

Join us for the Tug Buse’s Photographic Tour of the great rivers of the Midwest and the Intracoastal waterway in his self built 14-foot boat the “Adventuress“.


Tug Buse in the Adventuress near Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.  He left Sioux City, Iowa and traveled by himself down the Missouri and Missippi Rivers, up the Ohio River and down the Tennessee River and Tom Bigbee Waterway to Mobile Alabama.  Then he crossed the Gulf of Mexico and sailed around Florida and up the Intracoastal Waterway to Maine, where he ad graduated from Bowdoin College in 2001.  This must have been an amazing journey of scenery and self-discovery.

Sunday November 9th, 2014 4:00 p.m.
“Edson, Brady & Juleen- Three Photographers Active at Tulalip Early in the 20th Century.”
The program presents photographs taken on the Tulalip Reservation by Norman S. Edson (1876-1968), Ferdinand Brady (1880-1967) and J. A. Juleen (1874-1935). Edson was the son of a well-known Canadian landscape painter. An accomplished violinist and avid ornithologist, he learned photography from Bert Brush of Everett and often used his photos as the basis for his drawings and paintings. Ferd Brady was based initially in Marysville and later moved to Anacortes after producing an impressive array of postcard views of Tulalip residents and buildings. Everett photographer J. A. Juleen’s remarkable 1914 photos of tribal leader William Shelton and the Treaty Day observance at Tulalip survive as glass negatives in the collection of the Everett Public Library.

Sunday September 14th, 2014 4:00 p.m.
“One Trail, Many Voices: Songs of the Oregon Trail,” A Humanities Washingtonpresentation, featuring Hank Cramer, one of the best-loved folksingers in the West, who will share the history of the trail and the songs the pioneers sang as they made their arduous way West.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 4:00 p.m. (Columbus Day) —
“Columbus … What happened?” John Yarnell, Port Susan Middle School American history teacher will explain why, in Washington State, kids in school no longer sing “Columbus, hero, brave, and strong.”