Special programs commemorating 160th Anniversary of Pig War set for August 22-25

A series of special programs will be presented from August 22 – 25, 2019 to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the 1859 Boundary Crisis known as the “Pig War.”  The peaceful actions in response to the crisis ensured that no national battlefield need to exist and that diplomacy is always the best action forward. San Juan Island Historical Park staff and volunteers will present  activities at English Camp, American Camp and the San Juan Island Museum of Art. 


National Park Service and San Juan Islands Museum of Art present special Artist-in-Residence exhibition

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – The National Park Service and the San Juan Islands Museum of Art are presenting a special exhibition of the park’s Artist-in-Residence, Linda Hyatt Cancel. The exhibition features 18 original pieces of work of American Camp and English Camp in commemorating the 160th anniversary of the “Pig War” boundary dispute between the United States and Britain in the summer of 1859.


Group wants to recreate Old Military Road Trail from American Camp to English Camp

On June 13, a group of San Juan Islanders met with the Board of San Juan Island Park and Recreation District (Island Rec) seeking to be recognized as an official committee of Island Rec to explore the feasibility of creating a new trail connecting the two camps of San Juan Island National Historical Park – English Camp and American Camp. The Island Rec Board approved and The Old Military Road Trail Committee was born.

A trail at English Camp near the original Old Military Road)


San Juan Island National Historical Park seeks volunteers for “Fox Brigade”

San Juan Island National Historical Park is seeking volunteers for a Fox Brigade to help protect the foxes and their spring kits in the American Camp prairie. This area has become a major destination site to see the newborn fox kits in recent years. A rise in use of Instagram and other social media platforms that geo-tag the location resulted in tremendous growth in visitation.

Unfortunately, with the larger numbers, some visitors disturb the natural and wild state of the animals in pursuit of getting close-up photos by placing themselves too close to the foxes and baiting them out of their dens with food.

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