Orcas History Lives Here!

Orcas Island Historical Museums

Samples of Our Collection

The OIHM collection comprises a wealth of artifacts documenting the history of Orcas Island and its people, including:

  • Six original homestead cabins
  • An extensive collection of artifacts from early European-American settlers
  • Printed materials: books, brochures, newspapers, posters and maps
  • Photography: including approximately 2000 photographs by James T. Geoghegan
  • The intact skull and partial bone remains of a 14000 year old Bison Antiquus
  • A selection of Native American artifacts including tools, utensils and textiles
  • An ongoing Oral History project that documents and preserves the life stories of long-time Orcas Island residents
  • A significant archive of documents that form the basis for genealogical and family history research
  • The Colton-Harris Moore Collection, composed of materials and evidence from the local police investigation of the "Barefoot Bandit."

If you have an item that you would like to donate to our collections please contact our Executive Director, Nancy Stillger at director@orcasmuseums.org