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.
SAHS Library Display 2016
The Stanwood Area Historical Society has a small library and research room that has some historical displays, library, photograph and archival collection with sitting area with tables to read our materials. For many years Bill Blandin of the Camwood Genealogical Workshop has been helping people with their genealogical, local history and photograph requests on Wednesday afternoons from 1 – 4 p.m. [CGW meets here the first Mondays of each month at 1 p.m.]
In the last year or so he has been joined by Richard and Robin Hanks so our Wednesdays are now called “Research Wednesdays”. Richard is retired historian, writer, educator, archivist and researcher and is available to help with your family or local history question. He has also been contributing articles in our newsletter. If you have questions but cannot be there on Wednesdays, you can still contact us by email and phone and you will be referred to Bill, Richard or perhaps another member that may be able to help you find history. Thanks for your patience in advance, our volunteer hours are limited.
SAHS General Meeting & Election
Thursday September 22nd • 6 p.m.
There will be a complimentary barbeque served courtesy of the SAHS Board at 6 pm followed by the Annual Meeting about 7-ish. The meeting will include elections to the Board and Reports on SAHS accomplishments over the last year and details on plans for the future. At the Floyd.
Historical Photograph Calendar 2017 – Available now.
Sunday, September 18th
Open House • Tour the New and Updated Museum Exhibits in Museum behind the D. O Pearson House
1 – 4 p.m.
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
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!
We are speculating but assume this sign probably was made for Hwy 99 promoting Stanwood and East Stanwood, [more below]
This photograph was among several photographs donated by Shirley Danielson probably used in the Stanwood NEWs. We haven’t yet found an article documenting this effort in community development. For those new to the community, Stanwood and East Stanwood were once two towns who had a healthy rivalry but occasionally came together for a common purpose such as promotion of the area. The name of the local food processing company, Twin City Foods references this historic era and retains its historic name. For more on the story, find copies of the Stanwood Story by Alice Essex, check with us for copies and more information. Click here for an online article. Please Contact us if you know more about the folks who might be in the photograph or anything about the occasion.
Visit our new exhibits on the 4th of July. Photograph is of an early parade in front of the Stanwood bakery that was on Main Street (brick street, 270th NW)
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.