Hidden Histories, Wed, May 18 @7:00 PM

Hidden Histories: Echoes of the Opium War

The Opium War occurred just prior to and during the Pig War; European forces led by the French and British fought a war of aggression to force China to accept European narcotics imports. Many members of the Royal Marines were Opium War veterans and their experiences were shaped by their participation in this war.

This lecture will explain how the Hudson’s Bay Company on San Juan Island was embedded within transnational capital networks that orchestrated this imperial war. It will also examine how racist attitudes helped lead Great Britain and China to war and will compare these ideas to the Manifest Destiny that influenced American imperial expansion.

On Zoom

To attend: Email Sarah sbenson@sjlib.org for a Zoom invitation.

Hidden Histories, Wed, April 13 @ 7:00 PM

Hidden Histories: Echoes of the Crimean War

Join us for this month’s discussion with National Park Service ranger, Cyrus Forman, examining the history of the Crimean War.

Many members of the Royal Marines who lived at English Camp were also veterans of the Crimean War of the 1850s. Though the Pacific Northwest never turned into a battlefield for Allied forces, potential conflict between Russia and Alaska led to the growth of British imperial power on Vancouver Island and veterans were influenced on how they saw war, empire, and their place in the world.

This presentation will examine the history of the Crimean War with an explicit focus on its local impacts and forgotten historical consequences.

To attend: Email Sarah at sbenson@sjlib.org for a Zoom invitation.

Hidden Histories: Life and Crimes of General William Harney with Cyrus Forman, Wed, February 23 at 7:00pm

Join us for a new series in partnership with local National Park Service ranger, Cyrus Forman! Up first, Cyrus will dig into the life of General William Harney. This lecture will explore Harney as he was seen in his time and today. It will examine the overlapping cultures of slavery, Jacksonian democracy, and manifest destiny that influenced Harney’s actions on San Juan Island and how those actions shaped our history.
To register email: giverson@sjlib.org