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.
September 23, 2014
Can you share your secrets with us?
I was excited to read in The Press that adding 344 units on Gilman Boulevard won’t impact traffic. If someone has a secret way of doing this, could you please share it with we who have to use Issaquah-Hobart Road?
September 16, 2014
August 19, 2014
August 15, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 15, 2014
The history of railroads in America will literally come to life Aug. 16-17 in a unique, free event at the Issaquah Depot Museum.
The Suitcases Project, directed by artist Joan Laage, presents alternating scenes throughout the depot and on the passenger trolley that include text, movement and local references to the history of Issaquah.
Erica Maniez, director of Issaquah History Museums, likened the project to a form of performance art or a living, breathing museum.
A cast will continuously perform scenes in and around the depot from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Spectators are free to walk around and observe the cast of railroad workers, passengers, conductors and more.
“It’s really about capturing the mood of an era when railroads ruled,” Maniez said.