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Mary Jean Cahail reelected president of the San Juan Historical Society

Top photo: Mike Vouri reviews some of the photographs that will be included in the upcoming book,
Top photo: Mike Vouri reviews some of the photographs that will be included in the upcoming book, 'San Juan Island,' to be published this summer by Arcadia Publishing Co. Vouri made the presentation Tuesday at the annual meeting of the San Juan Historical Society. Bottom photo: From left, Jim Cahail and Al Sundstrom chat after the annual meeting.
— image credit: Richard Walker

Former county clerk Mary Jean Cahail was reelected president of the San Juan Historical Society, Tuesday at the society's annual meeting.

National Park historian Mike Vouri was elected vice president; Mike Nash, treasurer; Ramona Jones, recording secretary; Kitty Roberts, corresponding secretary.

Elected or reelected to the society's board of trustees: Mary Jane Anderson, Edith Dickinson, Barbara Fry, Dodie Gann, Diane Timm and Richard Walker. Anderson and Gann are former presidents of the historical society.

The election of officers was followed by remarks by Director Kevin Loftus and a financial review by Nash. Lunch was then served, followed by a presentation by Vouri of photos that will be included in the upcoming book, "San Juan Island," to be published this summer by Arcadia Publishing Co. Vouri, his wife, Julia, and the historical society are co-authors of the book.

The San Juan Historical Society operates the San Juan Historical Museum on Price Street, the last remnant of the once expansive 445-acre James King farm. The grounds include the 1894 farmhouse, carriage house and root cellar; the 1891 Scribner Cabin and the 1895 county jail, both of which were relocated to the museum grounds; and the 1980 barn, built on the site of the original barn to house a collection of early farm equipment. The barn also contains an exhibit of equipment from the Friday Harbor Fire Department's first 100 years; the exhibit was curated by former fire chief Rick Galer.

During Cahail's last term, the King farmhouse received a new foundation, the society co-authored the book "Friday Harbor" in time for the town's centennial, and the society completed the sale of a historic preservation easement to the San Juan County Land Bank. Proceeds from the sale are being used to preserve the old farmstead as open space for the public, and to restore and maintain the site's heritage buildings.

The historical society hosts several community events during the year, among them the Kiwanis Club's Pig War Picnic on July 4, Island Rec's summer Music on the Lawn concert series, and the Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration in December. The society also hosts exhibits and presentations related to San Juan Island history.

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