July 2, 2015
Robin Kelley may be kept busiest when it comes to Salmon Days in October. But as director of festivals for the city of Issaquah, she confided that their favorite time of year just might be the Fourth of July.
That’s when the community turns out for Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day.
May 20, 2015
In an effort to move ahead with the planned revamping of the city’s Confluence Park, the Issaquah City Council recently approved $250,000 that could be used for restoration and relocation of the historic Anderson farmhouse at the south end of the park.
The Confluence Park master site plan identified the house as needing to be removed or relocated as part of the park development.
May 7, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. May 7, 2015
Sammamish author Kate Thibodeau will sign copies of her book “Lake Sammamish: Through Time” from 1-3 p.m. May 9 at the Kirkland Costco, 8629 120th Ave. N.E.
Featuring full-color vintage images depicting scenes of days gone by, the book probes into the history of this unique locality.
The shores of the freshwater Lake Sammamish have been home to many, from the Sammamish Native Americans to the current population. In the 19th century, timber companies realized the potential for development along Lake Sammamish, and logging operations thrived for years.
May 5, 2015
NEW — 1:45 p.m. May 5, 2015
Issaquah History Museums Executive Director Erica Maniez sent out an email saying that due to a glitch, the nonprofit organization has been shut out of GiveBIG.
However, an anonymous donor has agreed to fill in the gap with matching funds for anyone who donates today.
March 25, 2015
The Issaquah History Museums is kicking off a new season of history hikes with its popular Olde Town Mine Hike on March 28.
Downtown Issaquah was once the site of massive coal-mining operations, and March is the ideal time to explore the historic sites. Docent Doug Bristol will lead a two-hour tour of the sites while treating participants to stories about a mining era that continues to shape downtown Issaquah.
March 25, 2015
Students from across the Eastside descended on Liberty High School on March 14 for the 2015 regional History Day competition.
History buffs from local school districts showed off their exhibits, performances, papers and websites.
Liberty’s participation in the contest has grown over the years, buoyed by the success of its students qualifying for the national competition in Washington, D.C.
February 24, 2015
After wondering what class to fill a hole in my schedule this year, I selected Mr. Jon Whitney’s class “Globalization and Sustainability,” hoping my random choice would not lead to a yawn-filled semester.
Whitney, who also teaches history at Issaquah High School, created the curriculum for this semester class.
December 3, 2014
The first thing visitors see upon walking into the Renton History Museum’s Newcastle exhibit is, appropriately, a tribute to a man that means so much to the city’s history.
Milt Swanson’s mining helmet emblazoned with his name along the side greets museumgoers while sitting in a clear display case.
October 14, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 14, 2014
Members of the original Centennial Time Capsule Keepers are in the final days of recruiting a new generation of replacements in time for the state’s 125th birthday celebration Nov. 11 in Olympia.
Nominations for new Capsule Keepers end Oct. 21. Any child living in Washington who was born between Nov. 4 and 18, 2004, is eligible. Children of 1989 Capsule Keepers are also eligible.
Interested children should have a parent or guardian complete a registration form. Parent or guardian permission is required.
October 8, 2014
NEW — Noon Oct. 8, 2014
Do any garage-cleaning this summer? Find a few scrap metal “artifacts” you’d like to get rid of?
While your old junk might not be museum-quality, it can still have a “higher purpose”. Donate it to help support low- and no-cost local history programs through the Issaquah History Museums.
The organization is having a scrap metal drive from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 11. Drop off approved scrap metal at the Auto Freight Building, 185 First Ave. N.W.