AIHS News  (Updated 10/4/18)

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Got Trains?: October 6, 3pm - 7pm.

On October 6th, AIHS is hosting an immersive trains event in the new Archival Building. One feature of this afternoon is a modular wooden railway for children that was constructed on Anderson Island and has travelled to train shows as far away as San Francisco and Calgary. An expansive collection of wooden track and trains will also be in place for small hands to construct their own layout and a Lego railway will be running too. If you have a model railway or railroad items you would like to share or show, please contact Tom Stephenson at or 425-314-1561 by the end of September. Save the time and expense of traveling to a train show in Monroe, Victoria or Spokane and drop in for this free and hands-on local activity.

October Potluck & Program: October 27, 6pm.

The presentation October 27th (Saturday) will be a program titled: “Juvenile Fish Ecology in the Nisqually River Delta and Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve”. The Nisqually NWR project complemented three earlier restoration projects completed by the Nisqually Indian Tribe to restore over 900 acres of the estuary, representing the largest estuary restoration project in the Pacific and one of the most significant advances to date towards the recovery of Puget Sound. Potluck at 6 and program starts at 7

Farm Work Parties Every Wednesday 9-noon

Volunteer opportunities abound as the farm kicks into full summer mode. Weekly work parties meet on Wednesdays with lots of options to help. We are sure you will find something that you would enjoy, there is yard work, mowing, maintenance of the buildings, painting, construction, wiring and plumbing and lots of cleaning. It is fun, a great way to meet other folks on the island, and twice a month we enjoy a lunch together provided by yet another group of volunteers. To join a work party, just show up on a Wednesday morning at 9am, or call Wayne Wallace at 253-884-0843. These jobs and many more are available! Work party lunches are organized by Marsha Howells, her number is 884-4342.

Gift Shop OPEN Saturday and Sunday

While you are visiting the farm, be sure and drop by our fantastic gift shop. You will find work from many of our island artists and artisans, along with treats and lots of new items chosen by our team. There is always something new! Open Saturdays 12-4 and Sundays 12-4.

Rewards programs

Both Amazon and Fred Meyer have shared reward programs benefitting non-profit organizations. You may designate the Anderson Island Historical Society as recipient of these awards very easily. Check out Amazon Smile, or the Fred Meyer Community Awards program on line. It only takes a moment to sign up and your purchases will add up to a nice donation to the Historical Society.

Archival and Inventory Help Needed

Rick Anderson, our archivist, is looking for curators to adopt the buildings at the farm. His phone number is 253-884-4922.

Farm Docent Training

Docents are needed to show visitors around the house and grounds, and the archival building. Peggy Hodge is the contact for information on this program, please call her at 253-884-2078. This is a fun job with a chance to talk to a lot of visitors and learn about the farm’s history.