Thank you to all who worked on and contributed to the painting and rehabilitation of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center. The north side of the hall was recently restored, repainted and the project is basically complete. We only need to re-hang the sign…and we are ready to rent and begin our programs.
We will officially re-open on Wed August 4th from 1- 4 p.m. and on Saturday August 7th.
From that time will be open both Wednesdays and Saturdays for“Research Wednesdays and Open House Saturdays.”
We will be available for tours or browsing exhibits which are located in the FNCC, The D. O. Pearson House and the Dave Eldridge Center.
COVID19 Guidelines will be observed. Appointments are encouraged.
The Stanwood Area Historical Society museum exhibits will be open July 31, depending on COVID guidelines.
Our new hours will be Wednesdays and Saturday from 1 pm – 4 pm. You may want to schedule a tour at a specific time other day. Docents or tour volunteers can be found either in our Tolin House business office or sometimes in the Dave Eldridge Center 2nd floor. Please note that the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center Painting and restoration project is nearly finished! Thank you to all supporters of this project!
We will not be having our traditional 4th of July Independence Day parade this year. Hopefully we will have again in 2022.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone again!
At 11:00 AM we begin our observation of Memorial Day This year it is on May 31st at 11:00 am.
Location: Beginning at the Anderson Cemetery, where the American Legion continues their tradition of honoring the Veterans who are buried there. (7630 Pioneer Hwy
NOON ~ At noon, we move to Stanwood and SAHS will close 102nd Ave. NW from 271st to 272nd Street,
We will set up chairs in front of the SAHS Veterans Memorial. The Cookie Mill will have cookies and hot drinks available and Ed Pearson will be performing live music. (COVID19 Guidelines will be observed with masks and social distancing)
There will be an art and military exhibit on the first floor of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center highlighting the life and work of Fred Pilkington. On the second floor there will be an exhibit on the Von Moos family tradition of placing flags on Veterans graves at Anderson Cemetery. There will also be an exhibit on Bob Neale of the Flying Tigers, who was Camano’s Ace of Aces.
1:00 PM ~ At 1:00pm, the ceremony begins and service flags will march up 102nd Ave. to the south entrance of the Memorial. We will welcome the Veterans and make announcements. Then everyone will stand for the presentation of the U.S. flag, the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer by Pastor Scott Brents.
Ed Pearson will play service songs and all service flags will be posted. Richard Hanks will read a story from his book, followed by the reading of all 50 names. Mary Pilkington will carry the POW/MIA flag and post, Ed Pearson will play God Bless America and Samuel Stanton will play Taps. The American Legion Post #92 will perform a 21-gun salute.
When the program is over we will continue to have cookies and drinks, the exhibits will be open until 3:00pm and Richard Hanks will be selling and signing his book on our fallen heroes for $21.00 (cash or check please) with all proceeds going to the Memorial.
Memorial Day is celebrated annually on the last Monday in May.
Flaval Pearson, daughter of Fred Pearson, granddaughter of D. O. Pearson in their garden north of the FNCC. 2004.79.01
Our recent clearance of the lot on 102nd Ave just north of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center has opened up a large city lot that apparently had been empty until 1971 when the house was built. Just by chance we happened to discover these two photographs in our collection and some notes that show this garden on lot in the 1920s – 40s.
Apparently D. O. Pearson and perhaps his son Fred, used this lot as a garden. Here are two photograph of his Fred’s daughers, Claire and Flaval in the garden.
The snapshots were donated by Claire Payne in one of her visits to the Pearson House from her home in Spokane. The lower photograph is her sister Flaval who became the Anacortes librarian in 1939.
1948 cropped aerial photograph of the gardens north of the FNCC (former I.O.O.F. Hall ) Photographer: J. Boyd Ellis. By 1948 the roofline of the FNCC is no longer peaked. The house in the top right photograph was moved one lot north of the gardens in 1976.