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Message from the Board

A s t h e n e w P r e s i d e n t o f t h e L I H S B o a r d i Society and its Museum have been well and truly launched on a new phase. With new organization structure, mission and vision, a new Executive Director, and a beautifully restored, award winning Port Stanley School, the “New Museum” opened. The exhibit space at the Museum has been redesigned so that there will be one constantly evolving “Lopez Timeline,” and each year a new display will feature one important aspect of our history. The discovery of Amelia Davis’s daily diaries, detailing 50 years in the life of the first white woman settler on Lopez, prompted our first new exhibit in 2004. This year’s exhibit theme is Maritime Lopez, with artifacts, photos, and text that celebrate the importance of our maritime history. t i s a p l e a s u r e t o w r i t e t o y o u . A f t e r a p e r i o d o f i n t r o s p e c t i o n , t h e

Amy and Julia, along with our cataloging expert, Ginger Lowell and a team of volunteers, also have a good start on the process of stabilizing and cataloging the huge collections donated to the Museum over the years. We are seeking grants to further improve our ability “to collect, preserve, share and interpret local history among island residents and visitors to increase awareness and appreciation of this resource for the educational benefit of this and future generations.” There’s more, but that’s enough for now.

Good things are happening at the Museum. Please, come visit and enjoy your Museum, open 12-4pm Wednesday through Sunday through September. I hope to meet you there.

  • Mike Ellis

Now what? We have big plans for the future, and we are confident we can pull them off because you, the members and the people of Lopez, have responded by supporting the Museum generously. Thanks to one very generous gift we have funds to support two interns this summer, Julia McCallum who just graduated with a degree in Anthropology from Barnard University, and Amy Frost, a Museum Studies graduate student at the University of Washington. Julia and Amy are already working on our 2006 exhibit; After Hutch— Life on Lopez 1850-1900, and our 2007 exhibit, First Islanders—an in-depth look at the Indians who lived on Lopez prior to 1850.

Interns Julia McCallum & Amy Frost conduct a photo identifica- tion session with Melba Gaddis, Frances Kring, Aletha McCauley, Ona Jean Goodrow, Bob Burt and Mary Harris.

President: Vice president:

Mike Ellis Charles Givens

Treasurer: Secretary:

Barbara Jennings Ginger Lowell


Gale McCallum

Bob Rowland Colleen Smith

Paul Hayward Greg Ewert

Director: Interns:

Mark Thompson-Klein

Julia McCallum Amy Frost

LIHS Board Members

The Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum

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Things We Need

Good quality hand tools Standard & legal size file cabinets 300G external hard drive Chairs for Port Stanley School Magnifying glasses

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