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Home » Archives » April 2018 » SJ History: First Nations, Farmers, and Fruit

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04/30/2018: "SJ History: First Nations, Farmers, and Fruit"

The history of the San Juan Islands shaped Washington - literally. If history had taken a slightly different turn during the “Pig War” standoff from 1859 - 1872, we’d be writing this missive from Canada, not the United States. Discover this and other colorful stories during History Lives Here - National Historic Preservation Month ( in the San Juan Islands.

In a fascinating talk, May 9, 7:30 pm at San Juan Island Library, ecologist Russel Barsh describes the world system that evolved in North America as it parallels the history of Greco-Roman Europe. His talk will also place contemporary Indigenous peoples in the context of a thousand years of struggle and change.

Hypnotized by your family history? San Juan Historical Society and Museum research volunteer Robin Jacobson shares what she has learned from some of the best trainers in the country during this free presentation: Genealogy and Local History: Research Soulmates, on May 23, 7 pm San Juan Island Library. Be a history detective with the help of Robin’s top research tips and favorite resources.

Join San Juan Island National Historical Park staff for two historical hiking tours. On Saturday, May 26, take a bite out of history with a tour of the remnant Sandwith homestead and orchard on Young Hill at English Camp. Depart English Camp parking lot at 1pm. On Sunday, May 27, take an in-depth look at the role the Belle Vue Sheep Farm played in the early settlement of San Juan Island. Depart American Camp Visitor Center parking lot at 1pm.

Dropbox link to photos: // Please credit San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau for photos.

History Lives Here Events: More information and other events on May’s History Lives Here and a list of historic lodging properties offering specials, may be found on the Visitors Bureau May History Page For further information call 888.468.3701, ext. 1.

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