Help Us Plan Activities for 2022

We want to know what interests you! Just click here to be taken to a brief survey of potential activities. Thank you!

The Museum Is Closed for Winter Break Until Langley Mystery Weekend in February

… but you can still learn lots about local South Whidbey History by perusing our website. We’re constantly adding new information and photos.

Join the 3,200 people who follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SouthWhidbeyHistory.  

Your Support Matters
We are always grateful for financial donations. Simply CLICK HERE donate safely via PayPal, or mail a check to SWHS / PO Box 612 / Langley, WA 98260.

Donating Local Historical Items
We love receiving items of local historical interest! If you have items to donate, our curator would love to hear from you. We’ll find a convenient and safe manner to pick them up or meet you. 

Join Our Legacy Circle
When you remember the South Whidbey Historical Society in your will or estate plan, you help keep your community Historical Society and Museum serving our community.

Become Involved
Finally, we are seeking additional volunteers who may become Board members, and future docents for when our community opens up again –– a time we all look forward to. Email us at SWHMuseum@gmail.com or you can telephone the museum at (360) 221-2101. We likely won’t be there but please leave us a message and we will return your telephone call or email.

Click on the video play button below to learn more about the Museum and its collection.

The South Whidbey Historical Society collects, preserves and presents information, stories and artifacts of our history, weaving together the diverse experiences of our people as context for today’s decision makers and inspiration for tomorrow’s leaders.

We accomplish this mission by maintaining a Museum in Langley to house our collections and through our displays at the Island County Fairgrounds. In addition, the Society sponsors regular “Then and Now” evening presentations that focus on South Whidbey Island history and maintains our “Virtual Museum” which contains digital images of our collections.

  CLICK HERE TO DONATE VIA PAYPAL

 

SWHS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

South Whidbey Historical Society seeks equity, diversity and inclusion in our organization, activities and make up of community partners.

    • We acknowledge that we gather on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish People, especially the Snohomish.
    • We pledge to collaborate in a respectful exchange of ideas and experiences regardless of age, background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic situation, religion, and ability.
    • We strive to remove barriers through regular consultation with people and groups contributing a variety of voices and perspectives, to add new levels of meaning to our programming and deepen its relevance to the broader community.
    • We seek to care for and share natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, and heal.

Some of South Whidbey’s Notable People…

Langley’s All-Woman City Council

Langley’s All-Woman City Council

In 1919, a special election was held in Langley which resulted in an all-woman administration who took office in January 1920. This is but one part of Washington State's interesting road to women's suffrage as local historian Bob Waterman explains in this video. If...

read more
Omer Porter

Omer Porter

Found this fascinating article in our archives about Omer Porter, which was written by John Watkins and which appeared in the South Whidbey Record on October 7, 1980. It gives a glimpse into what life was like on South Whidbey around the turn of the last century....

read more
Chief William Shelton: A Bridge Between Two Worlds

Chief William Shelton: A Bridge Between Two Worlds

A Bridge Between Two Worlds: Chief William Shelton His Story Poles and Enduring Legacy Few Whidbey Islanders know of William Shelton. He was the last hereditary chief of the Snohomish Tribe and was born at Brown’s Point (now Sandy Point) on Whidbey Island in 1868. The...

read more

Posts From Our Facebook Page

Jonathan ‘Joc’ Salisbury

Jonathan ‘Joc’ Salisbury

Jonathan 'Joc' Salisbury was already in his mid-40s when he and his family headed west in 1889. They landed first in Tacoma, where they purchased a hotel to run, then headed up to Alaska in 1890 to set up accommodations for miners up there. According to a family...

read more
Wickliff and Ellen Newell

Wickliff and Ellen Newell

This article on the Wickliff Newell family appeared in last Spring's "Now & Then" newsletter of the South Whidbey Historical Society. A HARDSCRABBLE LIFE ON SOUTH WHIDBEY YIELDS SUCCESSLogging, farming and fishing were the three main occupations of...

read more
Luther L. Moore

Luther L. Moore

Luther L. Moore and His Revealed Remedy…. Imagine a natural remedy that would purify the blood and cure everything from asthma to venereal disease--including conditions in between such as ague, alcoholism, asthma, bowel problems, consumption, constipation,...

read more
Dug-Out Mail Boat

Dug-Out Mail Boat

If you think mail delivery is slow today, consider what it was like in January 1892 when it was delivered from Mukilteo to Whidbey via a dugout canoe steam launch... 

read more
Hanna ‘Tommy” Double’s Caramel Recipe

Hanna ‘Tommy” Double’s Caramel Recipe

Looking for a homemade Christmas candy recipe? You may want to make this recipe (below) for caramels by one of South Whidbey Good Cheer’s founders, Hanna “Tommy” Double. The recipe is from the original Good Cheer cookbook produced in the 1960’s as a...

read more
South Whidbey Deputy Foils 1922 Bank Robbery

South Whidbey Deputy Foils 1922 Bank Robbery

Whidbey Island is not the best place to pull off a bank robbery... especially not in 1922 when Deception Pass Bridge had yet to be built. That is what three bank robbers learned the hard way when their escape plans were foiled by a 'neighborhood watch' type of...

read more
Give a Gift Membership this Holiday Season

Give a Gift Membership this Holiday Season

Make holiday shopping easy this year. Give a gift of membership to the South Whidbey Historical Society and Museum. Recipients will receive a holiday card stating their gift membership is from you as well as our latest newsletter and a membership card....

read more
Mutiny Bay Shootout

Mutiny Bay Shootout

Did you know that there was a shootout in Mutiny Bay between rumrunners and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Arcata in 1924? That opium was legal to import, but smugglers wanted to avoid paying customs tax? That Chinese men were often smuggled through Whidbey to the...

read more
Vegetable Shower of 1933

Vegetable Shower of 1933

For this Thanksgiving week comes a little clipping from the Oct. 5, 1933 Island County Times about a unique welcoming 'vegetable shower' for a new family (the Langdons) moving to Maxwelton. (Read the newspaper clipping attached.) The last line is especially beautiful...

read more

A Brief History of Our South End Communities…

(Click on the town name to open the page.)

Help Us Plan Activities for 2022

We want to know what interests you! Just click here to be taken to a brief survey of potential activities. Thank you!

The Museum Is Closed for Winter Break Until Langley Mystery Weekend in February

… but you can still learn lots about local South Whidbey History by perusing our website. We’re constantly adding new information and photos.

Join the 3,200 people who follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SouthWhidbeyHistory.  

Your Support Matters
We are always grateful for financial donations. Simply CLICK HERE donate safely via PayPal, or mail a check to SWHS / PO Box 612 / Langley, WA 98260.

Donating Local Historical Items
We love receiving items of local historical interest! If you have items to donate, our curator would love to hear from you. We’ll find a convenient and safe manner to pick them up or meet you. 

Join Our Legacy Circle
When you remember the South Whidbey Historical Society in your will or estate plan, you help keep your community Historical Society and Museum serving our community.

Become Involved
Finally, we are seeking additional volunteers who may become Board members, and future docents for when our community opens up again –– a time we all look forward to. Email us at SWHMuseum@gmail.com or you can telephone the museum at (360) 221-2101. We likely won’t be there but please leave us a message and we will return your telephone call or email.

Click on the video play button below to learn more about the Museum and its collection.

The South Whidbey Historical Society collects, preserves and presents information, stories and artifacts of our history, weaving together the diverse experiences of our people as context for today’s decision makers and inspiration for tomorrow’s leaders.

We accomplish this mission by maintaining a Museum in Langley to house our collections and through our displays at the Island County Fairgrounds. In addition, the Society sponsors regular “Then and Now” evening presentations that focus on South Whidbey Island history and maintains our “Virtual Museum” which contains digital images of our collections.

  CLICK HERE TO DONATE VIA PAYPAL

 

SWHS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

South Whidbey Historical Society seeks equity, diversity and inclusion in our organization, activities and make up of community partners.

    • We acknowledge that we gather on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish People, especially the Snohomish.
    • We pledge to collaborate in a respectful exchange of ideas and experiences regardless of age, background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic situation, religion, and ability.
    • We strive to remove barriers through regular consultation with people and groups contributing a variety of voices and perspectives, to add new levels of meaning to our programming and deepen its relevance to the broader community.
    • We seek to care for and share natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, and heal.

Some of South Whidbey’s Notable People…

Langley’s All-Woman City Council

Langley’s All-Woman City Council

In 1919, a special election was held in Langley which resulted in an all-woman administration who took office in January 1920. This is but one part of Washington State's interesting road to women's suffrage as local historian Bob Waterman explains in this video. If...

read more
Omer Porter

Omer Porter

Found this fascinating article in our archives about Omer Porter, which was written by John Watkins and which appeared in the South Whidbey Record on October 7, 1980. It gives a glimpse into what life was like on South Whidbey around the turn of the last century....

read more
Chief William Shelton: A Bridge Between Two Worlds

Chief William Shelton: A Bridge Between Two Worlds

A Bridge Between Two Worlds: Chief William Shelton His Story Poles and Enduring Legacy Few Whidbey Islanders know of William Shelton. He was the last hereditary chief of the Snohomish Tribe and was born at Brown’s Point (now Sandy Point) on Whidbey Island in 1868. The...

read more

Posts From Our Facebook Page

Jonathan ‘Joc’ Salisbury

Jonathan ‘Joc’ Salisbury

Jonathan 'Joc' Salisbury was already in his mid-40s when he and his family headed west in 1889. They landed first in Tacoma, where they purchased a hotel to run, then headed up to Alaska in 1890 to set up accommodations for miners up there. According to a family...

read more
Wickliff and Ellen Newell

Wickliff and Ellen Newell

This article on the Wickliff Newell family appeared in last Spring's "Now & Then" newsletter of the South Whidbey Historical Society. A HARDSCRABBLE LIFE ON SOUTH WHIDBEY YIELDS SUCCESSLogging, farming and fishing were the three main occupations of...

read more
Luther L. Moore

Luther L. Moore

Luther L. Moore and His Revealed Remedy…. Imagine a natural remedy that would purify the blood and cure everything from asthma to venereal disease--including conditions in between such as ague, alcoholism, asthma, bowel problems, consumption, constipation,...

read more
Dug-Out Mail Boat

Dug-Out Mail Boat

If you think mail delivery is slow today, consider what it was like in January 1892 when it was delivered from Mukilteo to Whidbey via a dugout canoe steam launch... 

read more
Hanna ‘Tommy” Double’s Caramel Recipe

Hanna ‘Tommy” Double’s Caramel Recipe

Looking for a homemade Christmas candy recipe? You may want to make this recipe (below) for caramels by one of South Whidbey Good Cheer’s founders, Hanna “Tommy” Double. The recipe is from the original Good Cheer cookbook produced in the 1960’s as a...

read more
South Whidbey Deputy Foils 1922 Bank Robbery

South Whidbey Deputy Foils 1922 Bank Robbery

Whidbey Island is not the best place to pull off a bank robbery... especially not in 1922 when Deception Pass Bridge had yet to be built. That is what three bank robbers learned the hard way when their escape plans were foiled by a 'neighborhood watch' type of...

read more
Give a Gift Membership this Holiday Season

Give a Gift Membership this Holiday Season

Make holiday shopping easy this year. Give a gift of membership to the South Whidbey Historical Society and Museum. Recipients will receive a holiday card stating their gift membership is from you as well as our latest newsletter and a membership card....

read more
Mutiny Bay Shootout

Mutiny Bay Shootout

Did you know that there was a shootout in Mutiny Bay between rumrunners and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Arcata in 1924? That opium was legal to import, but smugglers wanted to avoid paying customs tax? That Chinese men were often smuggled through Whidbey to the...

read more
Vegetable Shower of 1933

Vegetable Shower of 1933

For this Thanksgiving week comes a little clipping from the Oct. 5, 1933 Island County Times about a unique welcoming 'vegetable shower' for a new family (the Langdons) moving to Maxwelton. (Read the newspaper clipping attached.) The last line is especially beautiful...

read more

A Brief History of Our South End Communities…

(Click on the town name to open the page.)