Our mission is to collect, organize, preserve, and make accessible any historical materials pertaining to Camano Island and the people, places, events, and organizations therein.
Our collection is made up of photographs, letters, documents, newspapers, and books about Camano's history. Our digitized collection can be found here, but we have more items for perusal in the archive itself.
Our community archive is how we refer to our post-custodial collection, meaning we digitize and publish community historical records and artifacts in our online catalog before returning the original items back to the person, business, or family who owns them. This allows us to be a useful repository for the island’s history, to safeguard digital facsimiles of photos, documents, etc. without overwhelming our archive space. It also allows our Camano community members to keep their records and historic items at home or pass them down to family where they can be enjoyed and treasured in person.
Yes! You can find our existing archive in the lower level of the Camano City Schoolhouse and we’re constantly updating our online digital catalog, which can be found here. Our volunteers are usually at the schoolhouse on Wednesdays and the archive is open to the public from 1-4pm on Wednesdays.
If you’ve got items to donate, a research question, or if you’d like to visit the archive outside of our normal hours, please contact us ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org