The Stanwood Area Historical Society owns and operates the D. O. Pearson House, the Eldridge Museum, the Tolin House business office and the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center.
The house north of the Floyd which is owned by SAHS had been long planned to be removed in hopes of expanding the historical society facilities to better serve our mission. Because of Covid19 our usual income generated from rentals at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center which were partially earmarked for this project were drastically diminished. Plans for removal of the house had to be put off once again.
Fortunately SAHS member, Les Anderson, was able to bring together the right businesses willing to help at the right time. “This house demolition donation will make it easier to expand in the future” said Les Anderson, and is necessary because the Society wants to keep our options open for this property site. With so much potential created by freeing up this space, SAHS is appreciative of the donors business’ Omni Contracting Solutions (Tim Murphy), The United Group, and Lenz Enterprises for their commitment to our community and the Stanwood Area Historical Society.
Another interesting thing about this project was that the materials were shipped down to the United Group Snohomish location for further processing and sorting into repurposed landscape or construction materials that will help beautify and build local communities just like Stanwood.
These collaborating companies provided this work at no charge and have finally made it possible to plan for this space to be used to feature future historic exhibits. This dream includes a possible new building that has long been part of a strategic plan. The building would provide more space for our heritage projects and programs to preserve, interpret and enhance the community’s sense of identity through its past. To continue support for SAHS, please visit: https://www.sahs-fncc.org/?page_id=40
Thank you to Bill Keller and Richard Hanks for coordinating and collaborating to hasten our efforts to expand and grow. We are now ready to move on! Thank you to Les Anderson for his creative solution to this long standing problem!
~~~ Karen Prasse, Volunteer/Member SAHS
The Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center on Oct. 28, 2020 – restoration . If you looked at it now it would be painted
At this writing we can happily report that the Floyd Norgaard Restoration Project 2020 (Part 1) is in its last stages in spite of setbacks! Though 2020 will go down in history as one of worst years we anticipate that a vaccine and practicing social distancing/masks will bring us an opportunity to provide our services and a historic place to be proud of. We have many many people to thank for this success, most especially ARA Construction, D G Hopkins Painting, Bill Keller, Jim Joyce and Richard Hanks.
Our museum will remain closed for another couple months but members are planning for resuming activities by late spring and summer so consider helping us. Our board meeting are being held on Zoom. You may contact us for history research help and we will refer or assist as we can. Renew or join now to participate and contribute your expertise and time to our re-opening later this year. Membership will guarantee you will receive our next newsletter with details of our accomplishments and future plans.
Thank you again!
This images is from a photographic postcard of the Mark Clark Bridge built dedicated in 1950.
For those who have been here more than ten years, you remember the replacement of the 50 year old Mark Clark Bridge over West Pass to Camano Island. In 1950 with WWII still on people’s mind the bridge was dedicated to General Mark Clark and his wife
who had a second home on Camano Island for a few years. Today, in remembrance of the December 7th Pearl Harbor attack, his name was remembered in a recent story on National Public Radio about Mark Clark’s recognition of an all Black battalion : [The following is a quote from the program that you can listen to here
In the Army, Robert Madison faced segregation and marginalization. But Madison has a profound memory of a white general, Mark Clark, who acknowledged his all-Black battalion.
Robert MADISON: He (General Mark Clark) noticed that the commanders of these companies were just first lieutenants. And he said, why are these commanders not captains? And they sort of shrugged their shoulders. So he said to his aide-de-camp, give me the bars. And sure enough, right there on the parade ground, Mark Clark put the captain’s bars on these commanding officers. That was the first time anybody had recognized that we were there to fight and do battle like anybody else.
GREENE: His battalion was not the only one that had long been overlooked.
MADISON: On my left flank was the for 4-42nd. They were the Nisei, the Japanese troops. But these boys are out there doing what we were trying to do. They were trying to prove something like we were.
A progress photograph taken on Dec. 1st of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center of the restoration and repairs by ARA Construction and D. G. Hopkins painting. The project will continue as funds are available and weather weather allows. (Photograph courtesy Jack Archibald)
A recent photo of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center awaiting repainting after meticulous repairs by ARA Construction and painting by D & G Hopkins Painting. Thanks to all who helped with a supporting donation for restoration costs of the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center this Tuesday, Dec 1st. during SCGIVE.org.
Many generous donors have contributed, our list of recent donors is in progress.
Though currently closed until COVID is under control, efforts towards preservation of our historic public hall building for future events are well underway. Please help if you haven’t had a chance yet.
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