AIHS News  (Updated 9/24/19)

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Don’t forget to renew your membership or join AIHS. It is simple to do this through our website: It is also the time of year to update any of your rewards programs, e.g. Fred Meyer Rewards or Amazon Smile to have donations sent to AIHS. It is simple and helps us quite a bit.


Bumper crop of apples! The trees are loaded down with lots of yummy apples, there will be ample fruit for the Annual Apple Squeeze. This event is an island favorite, come on over and enjoy the fresh squeezed apple cider, the food, the bake sale and lots of other activities to enjoy. The date for the Apple Squeeze is Saturday, September 28, from 10-2.


In memory of Bernice Hundis the sewing room and quilt display in the Johnson Farmhouse will be dedicated to her memory on Sept. 28, during the Apple Squeeze. Bernice had been a hardworking volunteer for the historical society for over 35 years before she passed away in 2018. A memorial plaque will be installed in the sewing room and will list some of the many tasks she took on to keep the memories of the island intact. She will be sorely missed as her knowledge of the farm and old timers was encyclopedic. She was (among other things) vice president, then secretary of the AIHS board for many years. She was a founding member of the Lois Scholl Society and was also on the team that started the gift shop. She received the President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer in 2005 and sewed countless quilts contributing most of her handiwork to the store. She rarely missed a board meeting!


The AIHS Potluck Speaker schedule for Fall is as follows. Be sure to join Your neighbors, enjoy a tasty meal together and learn something new from our delightful speakers! Potlucks are open to AIHS members and the speakers are available to all islanders. ¨October 26, 6 PM. Potluck, 7 PM Nile Thompson on local Native American tribes.


¨November 9 will be the Annual Meeting of the AI Historical Society. Members will see the accomplishments of 2019 and the plans for 2020. The budget for 2020 will be shown and members will elect new board members.


Do you like to write? The board has a potential opening for communications director. The job is fun and not too demanding. The work includes monthly newsletters for the Sounder as well as a twice a year newsletter for members of AIHS. There is also publicity and promotion of events sponsored by the Historical Society. Applicant needs some expertise in Word or similar computer programs and creativity. Please contact Lynne Jacobsen 253-320-5571 or Jeanne McGoldrick 253-884-4096 if this is the volunteer opportunity you are looking for.


The Garden Market has had a great year, it contributed over $3000 to AIHS this year. Many thanks to the growers of the produce, the harvesters, and the volunteers who worked so hard every weekend. There were donations from other farms (e.g. McGoldrick’s orchard) as well as our gardeners, flowers and vegetables. All of the donations and help made for an excellent season.


Be sure to check out the gift shop even though the garden market is finished for the season, our shop continues to be open until December. There are plenty of holiday themed items (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) as well as gift ideas and island souvenirs. Winter hours are 12-4PM Saturday and Sunday. There will be special hours on Thanksgiving weekend with the store open of Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10-4, Sunday Dec.1, 12-4.


The Holiday Open House is set for Sunday, Dec. 1, hours are 1-3. Join us in the farmhouse for some hot cider, cookies and lefse (Norwegian flat bread). There will be special holiday decorations in the farmhouse and you can visit with your neighbors and sing Christmas Carols to the accompaniment of the old pump organ.