American Camp Visitor Center Closed Christmas and New Year's Days.
The American Camp Visitor Center will be closed Christmas Day, December 25 and New Year's Day January 1. Grounds at both American and English camps will remain open from dawn to 11 p.m.
Park on Fall Schedule
The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Wednesday-Sunday. The English Camp contact station is closed for the winter. Grounds at both units are open from dawn to 11 p.m. More »
Skagit Bridge Lane Closures/Detours Expected Through November
Expect nighttime lane closures and full Interstate-5 (I-5) detours into November at the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in Burlington. Work on the permanent bridge began Monday, September 16. Check the following link for weekly updates from the WDOT. More »
Whether based on archaeological findings, artifacts in the park's museum collections, or evidence from historical records, research at San Juan Island National Historical Park is done by staff, volunteers, and independent researchers.
The park houses a vast collection of archaeological and historic artifacts at our collections centers shared with North Cascades National Park in Marblemount, WA; Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, WA; and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington in Seattle. The park's American Camp visitor center is also home to a research library and archives, which contains numerous resources on the history of the Pacific Northwest and archaeology, including books, periodicals, and archival documents.
Click the links to the right to access our park administrative history, historical resource study and bibliography.
If you are interested in researching in the park's library, please contact Historian Mike Vouri at (360) 378-2240, ext. 2227 or e-mail us. To view and research off-site archaeological and archival collections, contact Curator Tessa Langford at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site at (360) 378-2249, ext. 2227, or e-mail us. For our collections at North Cascades National Park, please contact Curator Kelly Cahill at (360) 854-7343 or e-mail us. For our Burke collections, contact Laura Phillips at (206) 685-3849, ext. 2, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consult the documents below to learn more about our policies regarding independent researchers.
Genealogists and researchers seeking Hudson's Bay Company and U.S. Army records, please note that, while the park has a few documents relevant to this type of research on microfilm, we are not a repository of these primary sources. Please contact either the Hudson's Bay Company Archives in Manitoba, Canada, Archives Canada, or the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States or the National Archives of the United Kingdom of Great Britain for this information.
Did You Know?
The English Camp barracks was originally used as the privates' mess until extended in 1867. During the restoration process in the early 1970's a pot of gold coins and currency was found in the attic. The treasure belonged to the Crook family, who settled on the site in 1875.