Harstine Island has a long and rich history.
We’ve been fortunate to have two books written to capture its early history:
The Island Remembers – A History of Harstine Island and It’s People by Beulah Hitchcock & Helen Wingert in 1979.
Conversations with Esther a Personal History of Harstine Island – by Esther Goetsch as told to John Erickson in 1998.
As the historian for HICC, I am looking to all islanders, to add to this history by writing your personal story of your family’s coming to the island. Including a brief description on of your prior life, how you found the island and came to live here, your community involvement and the joys of living here in this wonderful place. Include a photo or two as well.
I have collected some of your stories already and have a notebook awaiting more stories from you all. I am not a writer myself, but have an interest in collecting your personal histories, so that when a writer comes along he/she will be able to add to our continuing island history. Please take some me to remember, and to enjoy writing about your connection to the island.
- Where is your family’s home on the island?
- Were you the first to build here?
- Previous family generations on Harstine
- How many generations, timeline
- Participate in any local organizations/ activities
- Favorite island memories
- Your History prior to coming to Harstine
- Retirement move?
- When did you first move to the island?
- Where did you come from?
- How did you discover the island?
Historical Preservation~ Family Histories Project 2017 Contacts:
Chair: Sandy Murphy – email@example.com
Pat LeClair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlen Morris – email@example.com