The AIHS, chartered in 1975, established a museum to ensure that then-vivid memories and artifacts would not be lost and forgotten. The continuing goal of the Society is to provide public education through collection, preservation, research, interpretation and exhibition of artifacts, documents, oral histories and photographs relevant to the settlement and development of Anderson Island.
The period between 1850 and 1975 has been chosen as the chronological scope within which the collections will be maintained because that era saw the settlement of the island which played an historic role in development of the region known as South Puget Sound.
AIHS MISSION STATEMENT
The Anderson Island Historical Society provides a view of the lifestyle of living on an island in the southern-most part of Puget Sound by preserving local culture, thereby enabling present and future generations to learn about and maintain the heritage of this unique style of living. To accomplish this mission the society will:
- Educate the public about the island’s historical significance in the south sound and advocate the preservation of the symbols that demonstrate that significance.
- Operate the historical Johnson Farm as a museum and collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit materials that exemplify the history of Anderson Island and the surrounding area according to the Collections Policy of the Society.
- Identify, restore and maintain historical structures, as well as preserve the memories of longtime residents