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Author presentation and book signing Nov. 9 for 'Images of America — San Juan Island'

'Images of America: San Juan Island' will be released Nov. 1. It's the second local history book by Mike and Julia Vouri and the San Juan Historical Society.
— image credit: Arcadia Publishing Co.

The San Juan Historical Museum hosts authors Mike and Julia Vouri on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. for a presentation of the new book "Images of America – San Juan Island."

The museum’s newest book was published by Arcadia Publishing Co. as part of its Images of America series. A presentation and narrative of the photos used in the book will be discussed, with a book signing to follow.

“San Juan Island” is the second book collaboration between the Historical Museum and the Vouris. They authored "Friday Harbor" in 2009, in time for the town's centennial.

Mike Vouri is the author of three other books: "The Pig War / Standoff at Griffin Bay," Griffin Bay (1999); "Outpost Of Empire: The Royal Marines And The Joint Occupation Of San Juan Island," Northwest Interpretive Association (2005); and "Images of America: The Pig War," Arcadia (2008).

Julia Vouri has been a writer and editor specializing in gardening, nature, and health for more than 30 years.

For the latest book, "San Juan Island," the Vouris selected and conducted research on more than 200 photos from the historical museum's collection of nearly 2,000 photographs, as well as photos from private collections.

The cover features a photograph from the 1890s of the former Home Prairie of the Hudson’s Bay Company, which is today's American Camp. In the photo, workers gather cut grain for bundling, in preparation for threshing. Mount Finlayson rises in the background with the Jakle homestead on its lower slope.

"With sheltered harbors, open prairies, and secluded woodlands, San Juan Island has been a magnet for human habitation for thousands of years," the book description states. "Salmon runs and rich soil promised not only an abundant food source but also a good living for those willing to work hard. But it was not until the islands became the focus of an international boundary dispute between Great Britain and the United States in the late 1850s that San Juan Island drew the attention of Europeans and Americans. These newcomers watched how Coast Salish and Northwest Coast peoples harvested natural resources and adapted their techniques. Settlers and Indians sometimes intermarried, and many of their descendants remain to this day.

"San Juan Islanders of all generations have worked hard to preserve their home, thus maintaining a sense of place that is as evident today as it was when the first canoes came ashore."

The new book will be available for purchase from the Historical Museum beginning Nov. 3. Proceeds from books purchased at the Historical Museum benefit ongoing preservation efforts. For more information, call 378-3949 or visit www.sjmuseum.org.

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