Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association Programs
Historical exhibits draw visitors from off-island, and bring local residents back to see new displays. Permanent exhibits focus on Native American heritage, maritime travel, making a living from the land, and the development of Island communities. Special exhibits feature diverse themes such as photographer Norman Edson's legacy, works by early 20th century painter Abby Williams Hill, and the renowned K2 recreation equipment company which was once the Island's biggest industry.
Outreach programs give us an opportunity to share Island heritage with our community, through author readings, presentations for school groups, tours of local historical sites, and other special events. In addition, we provide historical information to the community through our quarterly newsletter, feature articles in two Island newspapers, and our web site. We also sponsor unique experiences for the public, such as cruises on the National Historic Landmark Steamer Virginia V.
Our most important "behind the scenes" service is the management of our community archive, which includes thousands of irreplaceable historic photographs, artifacts, documents and other materials. This collection is held in the public trust, and our volunteers work constantly to improve archival preservation standards and to enhance community access through digital initiatives. The collection is a resource for teachers, researchers, and anyone with an interest in local heritage.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We recently staged an ambitious exhibit of the work of renowned Island photographer Norman Edson, in collaboration with private collectors who have assembled an outstanding selection of his work. This extensive exhibit drew our largest audiences to date, and attracted new members and new volunteers.
We have an opportunity to acquire the outstanding collection of Norman Edson photographs displayed during last year's special exhibit, and we are actively seeking contributions to support acquisition and stewardship of that collection.