Welcome to the Island County Historical Society

 

Collection, Preservation, and Interpretation of Island County History

First Car on Whidbey Island: 1902 Holsman Autobuggy

Located in historic Coupeville (est. 1853), on beautiful Whidbey Island, ICHS operates a popular museum that features local and regional history.  Ice Age relics, Mammoth remains, a fine Native American collection – including cedar dugout canoes, maritime, early settlers, and the first automobile on Whidbey Island (1902 Holsman auto buggy) are highlighted in our main exhibit. In addition to museum operations, ICHS is active in historic preservation projects, including the Camano Island Schoolhouse, the Ebey’s Prairie “Sheepherders House”, the 1855 Alexander Blockhouse fortress (on museum grounds), and is working to gather a comprehensive historic farm building inventory for Whidbey and Camano Islands. ICHS hosts regular historical programming and special events, including school tours and outreach, oral history gathering, and other interpretive activities.

 

Congratulations to the Camano Schoolhouse Foundation!

1905 Camano City Schoolhouse

For about the past 5 years, ICHS has been working with a newly formed foundation, whose mission it is to purchase, restore, and manage the historic Camano City Schoolhouse, as a small museum and community resource for various activities and events. The deal between the foundation (CSF) and the Camano Fire District is now in the final closing stages, and the historic schoolhouse will surely start the new year under new ownership. CSF is looking for volunteers to participate in all aspects of the project – from fundraising to carpentry, to landscaping, etc.  ICHS is proud that we could help get CSF started in this worthy project, and wish them the very best – and encourage you to get involved in preserving another important feature of our Island County historyscape!  Contact ICHS for more inromation.

The Island County Museum is open daily, year-round (excluding major holidays).  Learn about Island County history, from Ice Age to present. Fun for the whole family!

Museum Admission:   $3 general admission; $2.50 for seniors, students, active military & dependents; $6 family of 3 ($1 for each extra)

Our Museum is located at 908 NW Alexander ST, Coupeville, WA – at the foot of the historic 1905 Coupeville Wharf

Please call 360-678-3310 for information on groups or special guided tours and programming.