04/05/2010: "“Images of America - "Lopez Island”"
The Lopez Historical Society has announced the publication of Images of America: Lopez Island, by Susan Ferguson and the Lopez Island Historical Society.
The book features 200 of the best images of Lopez from our collection, and stories of Native islanders, early settlers, farmers, fishers, quilters, shopkeepers, schools, kids, families, and all your favorite island places.
Susan is generously donating all royalties from book sales, so all proceeds benefit the museum.
Order your copy today!
Books will be available for pre-order beginning March 18th, and will be shipping/available for pick-up around April 20th.
The story of Lopez Island is a story of community. Skilled, brave, generous people like Sampson Chadwick, Mother Brown, Captain Barlow, and Amelia Davis carved a spirited, nurturing community out of seaside wilderness.
Homesteaders cleared forests, built farms, grew food, and raised large families, surviving then thriving together. The hamlets of Port Stanley, Richardson, and Lopez emerged, creating hubs with stores, post offices, and schools as well as thriving fishing, canning, and shipping industries.
The community fostered education, music, writing, dances, chivarees, baseball, quilting, a birthday club, and grand Fourth of July celebrations. Living self-reliant lives while helping friends, neighbors, and newcomers, Lopezians created a unique community character that abides today.
About the Author
The Lopez Island Historical Society and Museum's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and share local history. Housed in Lopez Village and at the restored Port Stanley Schoolhouse, the society maintains a collection of nearly 10,000 historical Lopez Island photographs from which this book's images were selected.
Author Susan Ferguson began researching and writing local history through the Nearby History program at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle and has been a part of the Lopez community for over 20 years.