Historical Society News, Notes and Hopes

Guemes Island Historical Society
News, Notes and Hopes

Now that we are all cozied up awaiting new news concerning the Covid-19 virus, I thought I would take the opportunity to update you on the Guemes Island Historical Society's status. As you have surmised, the GIHS is on what is, hopefully, a brief hiatus of our activities. Meetings, presentations and activities have been postponed. We will be resuming these programs when it becomes safe to do so. We encourage our community to be safe by utilizing social distancing and following protocols as directed by our health care professionals.

That being said, there is a way to support the GIHS in general, along with future generations of historians to come. No, we're not asking for money. Instead I'd like to ask you to document how the Covid-19 Virus is affecting your lives. I am asking you to write down how the corona outbreak has affected your life. What things are you finding difficult? What do you miss the most? Are your pets acting differently? Anything you find pertinent is acceptable.

Though often we tend to dwell on the negatives in times like these, I'd also like to hear about any positive aspects as well: perhaps kindness of neighbors, friends, or those you don't know; new interests to pass the time, etc. What advise can you give those that follow us?

You can record your thoughts, actions and feelings by emailing them to guemeshistory@gmail.com. The email entries collected will become part of a journal of “living” history which will eventually be made public. By choosing to accept this invitation, you will be authorizing future use of the information in any form the GIHS chooses to present it. I hope that, with your help we can document Guemes Island life during this stressful time. (If you have any questions or concerns please call Tom at 360-708-2582 or email deachtom@gmail.com) This is an ongoing project, so feel free to email as many times as you want.

Guemes is a special place where care for others has always been a priority. Let's continue that legacy. Please be safe. Wishing you the best in the days ahead.

Tom Deach

Photo: Soleil says 'and the sun will come out tomorrow.'  Luminary by Chris Skinner, photo by Tom Deach