The Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society is comprised of a small group of descendants of Icelandic immigrants who settled in Blaine, Washington, who join with other area Icelanders to celebrate our Icelandic roots and passion for present day Iceland.
-By Rob Olason The Vigil sculpture was dedicated on October 14, 2006. Located in the heart of Blaine, Washington at the intersection of H Street and Peace Portal, the sculpture is the focal point of the city. The Vigil overlooks Drayton Harbor and casts a steady gaze to the West, to the waters of Georgia … Continue reading The Vigil, Blaine, Washington, U.S.A.
-By Rob Olason In February 2007, Diane Palmason, Coordinator of the Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society (BIHS), described the formation of the group. “It began in a very Icelandic way,” she said, “as a modest desire to give hospitality to visiting travelers.” Diane Palmason said the organization was born in 2004 when local Icelandic descendants, Jerry … Continue reading The Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society Finds a Home on the Shores of the Strait of Georgia
(Note: On May 21, 2018, Grace Lutheran Church in Blaine, Washington re-installed their church bell that had been in storage for decades, awaiting a new bell tower. The story of how the bell was returned to its new home and a brief history of the Lutheran church in Blaine and its Icelandic roots is recounted … Continue reading A brief history of Lutherans in Blaine and how an old bell becomes new again.