May 6, 2014
“Every community has its own weird, wild and wonderful stories, and Issaquah is no exception,” according to Erica Maniez, director of Issaquah History Museums.
This is the fourth year the museums will spotlight Issaquah’s unique heritage throughout the month of May for Local History Month.
The organization operates two museums people can visit, Gilman Town Hall, 165 S.E. Andrews St., and the Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.
Town Hall has exhibits on display that show the history of the town; the Depot Museum highlights the role the railroad played in the town’s development.
March 18, 2014
It was July 29, 1914. Austria launched a bomb attack on Serbia, and Russia commenced mobilization for an attack on Austria. The German “Count” Gustav Konstantin Alvo von Alvensleben was in Germany, where the government was about to declare war on France and Russia.
On that same day, in the small town of Issaquah, Dave and Ann Morgan welcomed their first child, Ivor, into the world. He was born in coal company housing owned by von Alvensleben.
While von Alvensleben made plans to return to North America, Dave Morgan tended donkeys for von Alvensleben’s Issaquah and Superior Coal Mine on the west side of town. The donkeys hauled carts of coal from the dark, dusty, noisy and wet depths of the mines to the surface, where the coal was crushed, sorted and cleaned in preparation for shipment.
June 11, 2013
The Issaquah History Museums and community members recently honored 70 volunteers who cumulatively donated 3,553 hours during 2012.
As a volunteer-based organization, the museums rely upon such generous donations of time and talent to discover, preserve and share Issaquah’s unique history, according to a news release from the group.
The Independent Sector, an organization dedicated to leading, strengthening and mobilizing nonprofit organizations, has estimated the value of one volunteer hour at $22.14, which means the total value of volunteer labor contributed to the museums in 2012 was $63,970.