Orcas Island Historical Museums

Other Ways You Can Help

with this exciting and important project


An important piece of our "Saving Orcas Voices" project. 

To help with any aspect of this program, just give us a ring at 360-376-4849 or email us at info@orcasmuseum.org


the Saving Orcas Voices




for the second phase of the project

​​Orcas Island history is about the lives of its people – what they know and what they have experienced. The Museum has a treasure trove of taped interviews that were made over the past 40 years. For example, Rich Exton coming to Orcas and buying his property, Ray Kimple about going to Crow Valley School, and Dora Cadden about her barber shop. These tapes have been digitized and are currently being transcribed so they may be shared with residents and visitors in a written format.

But to make these voices truly come alive again, the Orcas Island Historical Society would like to install a “Listening Station” in the Pioneer Museum on North Beach Road.  The Listening Station would enable Orcas Island residents and visitors to hear portions of these tapes and learn about Orcas Island’s past in the words of its own residents while appropriate images are displayed on a computer screen in front of them.We are seeking $5,200 in donations to fund this project.  Donations would fund the purchase of an easy-to-use touch screen computer dedicated to Hearing Orcas Island Voices along with two sets of quality headphones to maximize the listening experience. It would also include exhibit software to help the Hearing Orcas Voices project team create the Hearing Orcas Voices experience.  Your donation will help make the voices of long-time Orcas Island residents come alive again.

Your donation can help make the voices of long-time Orcas Island residents come alive again.  You may make your donation for this project directly to the Museum by clicking the "Donate" button on the left.



  • Rich Exton 10/24/893:03

Orcas History Lives Here!