June 2005 - Both Submitted Designs Rejected
The Executive Board at its last meeting formally rejected the two previously submitted designs for the new longhouse. Both submitted designs adhered to the traditional aspects of the original longhouse, however the executive board felt that they did not represent the vision going forward as a year round ceremonial and training facility that could be used and cherished by all who come to experience Camp Pigott.
May 24, 2005 - Informational Meeting
If you are interested in helping rebuild the Longhouse, please attend an informational meeting May 31 at the Chief Seattle Council Service Center. Please contact any Executive Board member for more information.
May 24, 2005 - Patches are Here!
The new patches have arrived and look great. You can see a picture of the $20 flap on the Pictures link. Please review the order form under Promotional Material to see the available patches.
May 24, 2005 - See the Longhouse Model
The Longhouse Committee has obtained the original Longhouse model built in 1965.
April 21, 2005 - Conclave
There will be a Longhouse presentation Friday night and a display Saturday afternoon. Also, if the patches are of high enough quality, they will finally be available for purchase this weekend. Be on the lookout. If you haven't registered for Conclave yet, go to http://www.w1b.org.
April 21, 2005 - New Pictures
Check out the Pictures section to see photos from the last work party. Also check out the new Candidate trail while you are at Conclave this weekend!
March 20, 2005 - Successful Work Party
Several OA members (and one non-member) continued the work started on the new candidate trail in November. A culvert was added along the road so nobody has to jump to the trail. Work also began on the upper trail to remove a steep drop. Thanks to all who helped.
March 14, 2005 - Work Party Weekend
There is a Longhouse work party this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. If you are an OA member, we encourage you to come up Saturday to view the evening's Ordeal ceremony and welcome our new members.
March 14, 2005 - Upcoming Events
Look for Longhouse displays at the following events:
Council Annual Meeting (March 15, 2005)
Camp Brinkley Ordeal (March 18-20, 2005)
Program Kick-off Night (April 1, 2005)
Section W-1B Conclave (April 22-24, 2005)
Camp Parsons Ordeal (June 3-5, 2005)
Feb 4, 2005 - Pre-Order Your Longhouse Items Now
Look under "Promotional Material" to find order forms for Longhouse commemorative coins, custom engraved bricks and new lodge flaps.
Feb 1, 2005 - Auction Items
Jan 3, 2005 - Relive the Memories
You can now see many more pictures of the Longhouse, both as it was and as the site currently exists.
Nov 7, 2004 - The Path is Rebuilt
Several OA members (and one non-member) built a new candidate trail to the longhouse site. The path follows much of the old candidate trail, but now starts on the Mountainman trail and crosses the road to meet up with the old access road. Come back later to see pictures of the work party and for future work parties.
Oct 9, 2004 - Let the Fundraising begin
The Longhouse capital campaign began with a presentation at the T'Kope Kwiskwis Annual Banquet.
Oct 1, 2004 - The Longhouse Committee Forms
The Committee was established to raise funds for and construct a new Longhouse.
November 14, 2007 - Longhouse Work Party Report
The work party was a success! Several youth members and a handful of adults brushed the candidate trail and removed dozens of 10' alder saplings that have been growing in the now sunny location. Work was also done to brush out the older totem poles and to clear away any dirt that had migrated between their foundations and the poles themselves. The project to fill in the "skid" area has been postponed until next summer because the ground was too wet to get the heavy equipment into that area. Please check back often to see when the next work party is!
November 5, 2007 - Longhouse Work Party this weekend!
There will be a work party at the longhouse site to finish the candidate trail. The focus of the project is to fill in the tree "skid" area that was created several years ago during logging operations above the site. The Work party is Sunday November 11th from 10-Noon, in conjunction with the Lodge's Inductions Weekend and Fellowship.
July 5, 2007 - Projects Section updates
The Projects section has been updated to reflect the restoration of the Hillaire Entrance totem pole.
July 4, 2007 - History Section Updated
The Longhouse History Section was updated today. The source materials were old Lodge Handbooks, oral traditions, and an informational flier from the 1992 rededication.
July 3, 2007 - Web Site Under Reconstruction
We are in the process of updating the website. Please check back soon for new information. Work is being on the longhouse and the site. Work has been on going even though the web site had not been updated. We apologize for the lack of information.
September 12th 2008 - Report to the Membership
At the annual Lodge Fall Banquet the Longhouse Committee presented a report to highlight the work done by the committee thus far. The designs were presented and detailed information regarding the building was given. There was also a call for service at the Fall Longhouse Work Party to be held at the site on Nov 15th.
June 8th 2008 - Behind the Scenes
Meetings between our Architect/Enginering team and the county have been undertaken and the permitting process has been initiated. Meetings have also begun with general contractors to get the final bid price of the new building. Once we know the true cost, fundraising will begin in earnest!
May 20th 2008 - New Web Site Launched
A new longhouse web site was launched to better communicate the goals of the committee and to keep members of the lodge and people interested in the longhouse abreast of the design and construction.
March 10th 2008 - Major Steps Taken Toward Construction
It was announced that the architecture and engineering work for the new longhouse has been entirely donated by interested companies and individuals. This is a massive step forward to seeing the building project get off the ground. The permitting process is also being shepherded through the county by experienced companies and lodge members who are also donating their time and covering any permitting fees.
February 6th 2008 - New Design Submitted and Approved
A third design commissioned by the Executive Committee gained approval at the last meeting. The design is a Wakashan architectural style big house popular with the 1st Peoples along the Coast of British Columbia. The selected design has a built in heated floor that will not only help preserve the building for generations but will also increase its viability in the winter months.