Orcas History Lives Here!

Orcas Island Historical Museums

Historian of the Year


Computer and phone skills welcome


Work with our Finance Committee to improve the Museums' finances

Volunteer of the Month

Audrey Wells
Audrey moved to Orcas in 1988 and you'll usually see her walking in to Eastsound with her dog Oli. She's been a docent at the Pioneer museum for almost 4 years, is a former pilot, the coordinator for Mercy Pilots,a current Port Commissioner, a 
weaver, a sewer and a  hand spinner.

Edrie Vinson

Edrie was honored for her work on locating and digitizing all of the 140+ oral history tapes in the Society's archives for the Saving Orcas Voices Project and many other Archival Projects.


Help maintain our front garden and create our historical kitchen garden

in back


Friendly people who donate a few hours a week to greet museum visitors. No prior experience necessary

Spence Clark

Spence Clark is a tremendous asset to the Crow Valley School, and we are proud to name him Volunteer of the Month.  A long established genealogist and experienced local historian, Spence brings that same knowledge, research, and energy into lively tours of the Crow Valley School. As a docent, Spence integrates the lives of the Crow Valley schoolchildren (circa 1888-1918) along with stories of individuals who shaped Orcas Island and intertwines both with fascinating local historical vignettes. In addition to his amazing tours and historical research, Spence has the true heart of a volunteer and is always willing to take an extra shift and see to any needed maintenance. Spence's other half, Vicki, is also always willing to lend a helping hand at the Crow Valley School. The CVS is grateful to both of them and all of our other volunteers as well. Spence is an Eagle Scout, a former United States Naval officer, and a retired computer and control system engineer who managed the Accelerator Control Systems at the Stanford Linear Accelerator National Laboratory.
The Crow Valley school is open Memorial Day-Labor Day on Fridays and Saturdays from noon-4. Groups are welcome anytime by special appointment. Please stop by or call to schedule a group tour with Spence!

Volunteer of the Year

To volunteer, just give us a ring at 360-376-4849 or email us at info@orcasmuseum.org


Work on Newsletters and/or write "History Nook" columns

The very generous help of our island friends is what keeps the Pioneer Museum in Eastsound and the Crow Valley School Museum open and functioning. We always need a few extra hands for specific events, so if you’d rather not be an ‘official’ volunteer but would like to pitch in for a specific event, simply tell us how you’d like to participate.

We truly appreciate your contribution, no matter what it is or how it comes our way.

Volunteer Opportunities