Local history ‘doodle’ book is aimed at kids

November 26, 2013

Once a small logging village, Issaquah was settled in the 1860s and officially incorporated in 1892. Landmarks still exist around town from the early days, reminding citizens of the area’s rich heritage.

The problem is, the histories of these sites have been slowly fading away, and newer residents — including families — likely have no idea what they represent.

 

Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Enter Tom Anderson, a software engineer and secretary of the board of the Issaquah History Museums. Two years ago at an ArtWalk, Anderson was wandering with his daughter when he hit upon an idea of a “doodle” book for children so they could learn more about their historic town.

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Skyline grad’s career path pops up in children’s book

September 24, 2013

Jennifer DeWhitt planned to be a businesswoman or a banker, but instead she’s penning pop-up books for children.

How she traveled that perplexing path is a long story, but it’s one the 2005 Skyline High School graduate is eager to share. During her childhood, her family moved 13 times before winding up in a Klahanie neighborhood. It was the place she felt most at home.

Contributed  Jennifer DeWhitt, a 2005 Skyline High School graduate, will become a published author in December with the release of her children’s book, ‘Jervis the Best.’

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Jennifer DeWhitt, a 2005 Skyline High School graduate, will become a published author in December with the release of her children’s book, ‘Jervis the Best.’

As it turns out, DeWhitt’s nomadic journey has influenced her in a positive way. She struggled to make friends because she was trying to be someone else.

“What you realize is other people are looking to meet you on a genuine level, too, and that’s how you form real friendships,” she said.

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