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.

Lime Kiln History with FOLKS, Wed, May 4 @ 7:00 PM

Lime Kiln History with FOLKS

Join local non-profit Friends of Lime Kiln Society’s Executive Director, Erin Corra, to learn about FOLKS’ mission and the fascinating natural and cultural history of Lime Kiln Point State Park. You’ll also discover fun opportunities to join Team Lime Kiln and support this most extraordinary and beloved place! 

On Zoom. To register, email: sbenson@sjlib.org

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.