February 21, 2014
May 30, 1911, was a special occasion for Issaquah resident Mabel Ek.
So special, in fact, that the moment called for a new outfit. Ek arrived at Issaquah’s Baptist Church, near what is now the Darigold plant, wearing a new dress, knitted gloves and shoes specially ordered from Oregon.
City residents, of which there were only 500 at the time, arrived in droves to honor Ek and her classmates Mary and Olive Gibson.
After all, the three were about to make history, representing the very first graduating class of Issaquah High School.
November 26, 2013
When I heard department stores were opening up on Thanksgiving Day this year, I wanted to write a profound column about the true meaning of Thanksgiving. But to do so, I needed to double-check the actual facts about the original dinner party.
So I Googled “The True History of Thanksgiving” and was surprised by how much the “facts” differed.
The first hit links to a rather acerbic article that hotly posits that the first day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed by Massachusetts Colony Gov. John Winthrop. Apparently, he actually called for a celebration upon the safe return of a hunting party after they successfully massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Not the history lesson I grew up with, and since the author didn’t list his sources, I cannot verify the veracity of his claims.
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.
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.
October 11, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 11, 2013
The Washington State Archives is celebrating archives month with two local workshops designed to help citizens preserve history.
In “Uncovering the History of Your House in King County,” archivists will explain how to find intriguing information from diverse sources that will enrich understanding and appreciation for King County residents.
“The Basics of Digital Archiving” teaches how to safeguard personal treasures for future generations.
September 24, 2013
Go places, learn new things on the cheap
Do you have a King County library card? At the low price of free, it’s one of the best values on the planet.
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little kid. Oh, the lives and worlds I’ve escaped into. Books can do that.
I still have my first library card, which I got when I was 5. I also have my library awards from reading contests when I was a child. If they said read 50 books, I read 100. Ahh, nostalgia.
September 17, 2013
4Culture’s Heritage Collections Care program recently awarded $4,850 to the Issaquah History Museums for its Move Ready project.
The award was part of 4Culture’s sixth annual Heritage Collections Care Funding Program.
In total, 4Culture donated $63,655 to 23 King County nonprofit organizations to support the conservation of their historic collections. The awards ranged from $977 to $5,000, with the Issaquah History Museums receiving the second-largest grant.
August 20, 2013
Become a volunteer with the Issaquah History Museums by attending an upcoming orientation session.
From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14, the history museums will hold a museum volunteer orientation at the Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E. The orientation includes an overview of the organization and the community of Issaquah, as well as of upcoming events.