LYNDEN ­— Clamdiggers is an annual gathering  of descendants of people who settled in Washington before Nov. 11, 1889 statehood.

The birth of the Clamdiggers club goes back to a series of popular clambakes in the 1890s — celebrated in Lynden using clams gathered at Birch Bay — but it was in 1909 that Chas. E. Cline of Lynden conceived the idea of limiting membership to those who had pre-statehood ancestry. Even so, attendance was about 115 in the year 1915, as recorded by R.E. Hawley, early pioneer.

The 2019 potluck meal and program will be in the Lynden Pioneer Museum, 217 Front St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, a few days earlier than it is usually held.

The clam chowder is arranged ahead of time. Everyone coming should bring a dish. Some entertainment and family history will be presented. Anyone belonging to a family that was here before statehood is welcome to this annual meeting of the Clamdiggers Association.

For details, contact Barbara Swinburnson at 360-815-3401 or