Blaine

Icelanders

Web site of the Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society, an affiliate of the Icelandic National League of North America

Agust Breidford's Memoir: His Story

The Blaine Icelandic Heritage Society

Settlement History

Blaine Cemetery

Pt. Roberts Cemetery

Hillsdale Cemetery

Greenacres Cemetery

Webcams in the Icelandic World

Links

Coffee Time

Website Contact

 

More about The Tricking of Freya

Official portrait of the 2011 Blaine Icelandic Picnic

 

   
   
   
   
 
 
 
 
 

BIHS members posing for their 2010 pre-Thorrablot (Ţorrablót)  photo.

 
 
    This site is an ongoing effort to document the Icelandic settlement in Blaine, Washington. Icelandic immigrants came to Blaine directly from Iceland or from other Icelandic settlements in North America, primarily in the mid-western United States and Manitoba, Canada.

   Settler's occupations ranged from farm day laborers, mill-workers, fisherman, to farmers, shop-keepers, writers and a photographer.  Icelanders formed their own churches in Blaine, created choirs and joined in community orchestras.

   Icelandic writer, Margret Benedictson, who made her home in the Blaine area, documented the lives of several Icelandic settlers in the 1920s, thirties and forties  for the Icelandic language publication "Almanak." Her writings have been translated into English and published under the title, Icelanders on the Pacific Coast.

  Elias Breidford, was Blaine's unofficial photographer for several decades, and his extensive photographic collection is now housed at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art in Bellingham, Washington, where it is being inventoried and catalogued.