Exhibits – Cars & Quilts 2022

Washington State Centennial Quilt— Light blue border and sashing around embroidered blocks with Pearson House at center. Blocks represent various local churches and social organizations in Stanwood and Camano Island. Quilted in 1976 for the Washington State Centennial by Karen Small with embroidered blocks made by the organizations. It was designed by Jerry Rice and Myrtle Shanafelt. It was started for the Stanwood Area Historical Society in 1982 and displayed at the Camano Island Quilter First Annual Quilt Show in 1989.

D. O. Pearson House – Historic home of Stanwood’s first mayor.
Maintained as a Victorian Period Home placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.  Contact us for special guided visits given by members.  Many donated quilts on display throughout the house.

FNCC Second Floor Exhibit – New exhibit to open soon featuring the collaboration of the Stanwood Camano Arts Advocacy Commission and the Stanwood Area Historical Society.  A series of postcards are being designed featuring the artworks and the historical objects that inspired the works.

FNCC Third Floor Exhibits

    • Fallen Heroes of our Armed Forces and Red Cross remembered through their uniforms and soldier stories
    • Once a Milltown – Logging and Lumbering
    • Consolidation of the “Twin Cities” and their schools
    • Early Churches
    • Dr. Mac – First medical man in Stanwood
    • Stanwood Klondikers of 1898
    • “Trees to Peas to Prosperity”
    • Camano Island Resort History

Eldridge Center ~ Community, business, family history research and display space – open for research assistance on Wednesday 1-4 pm or by appointment.
Currently on display on the 2nd floor and in the Ramp:


    • Early Stanwood / Camano Area Fabric Art — Sewn by Camano Island Quilters & designed by Jack Gunter and presented to the Stanwood Area Historical Society in 1991 – – 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
    • Spirits of the People ~ For the people of America’s First Nations, the moral rights of the universe are not just bestowed on human beings but are granted to the elements of their physical environment—the animals, birds, rivers or weather for example.  Objects such as those displayed here also have power and are alive. They each are imbued with part of their creator. While we may not know who their exact makers were, we honor them and the care they brought to their creations.
    • Stanwood High Schools’ Class Picture Project – Museum ramp
    • Market & Main Street History in Pictures – Museum ramp
    • East Stanwood History in Pictures – Museum ramp

Eldridge Center Garage (ground level) will feature antique automobiles in the SAHS collection

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