Thursday, May 1, 2008

Historic Opportunities

National Preservation Month—May 2008

Friday Harbor's Oldest Residence the DeStaffany House ~ Drawing by Tina Rose

In Friday Harbor and elsewhere on San Juan Island during Preservation Month, we open doors, view the streetscape and shoreline, and otherwise bring interesting, hard-scrabble historic characters and events to life. Partnering in this year’s activities are the Town of Friday Harbor, San Juan Historical Museum, San Juan Island National Historical Park, Hacket Larson Post 163 of the American Legion, and the maritime research vessel, the Pacific Catalyst II. For such a small island, a whole lot of history happened here!

Historic District Walking Tours: Every Saturday in May, 9:00am-10:00am, the Town of Friday Harbor’s Historic Preservation Review Board is giving free, guided walking tours of the downtown historic district. Rain or shine. Space is limited and reservations are required. To register and receive more information, go to or call 360.378.2810 during regular business hours.

Silver Tea at the James King House Museum: Saturday, May 3rd, 2-4pm the good china comes out, cookies are baked and tea served by Museum volunteers dressed in period clothing at the San Juan Historical Museum’s James King House. The Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 405 Price Street. For more information go to or call 360.378.3949.

Heritage Vessel Open House: Sunday, May 4th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Come aboard the historic Pacific Catalyst, a restored 1932 wooden vessel. Her maiden voyage was up the Inside Passage and across the Gulf of Alaska, beginning her oceanographic research for the University of Washington’s, Friday Harbor Labs, and the marine sciences community. The Catalyst has been thoroughly and richly restored, and now takes visitors on marine adventures in the Salish Sea and north into Alaska and Canada. Friday Harbor is her home base, and on this day you will find her moored in the Friday Harbor Marina. For more information call 360.378.7123 or visit

Rural Architecture in Friday Harbor: On Wednesday, May 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm, the Town of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Historical Museum present a history talk by local historian and preservation architect, Boyd Pratt, entitled Paying Attention to the Ordinary: Friday Harbor’s Rural Architecture. This event takes place in the research center of the San Juan Historical Museum, 405 Price Street. For more information go to, call or email to 360.378.2810 or

From Sandy Strehlou HPRB co-ordinator

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