Meet a ‘dangerous German spy’ during July 25 hike

July 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 16, 2015

During World War I, Issaquah’s economic success or failure seemed to hinge on the activities of a man whom British Intelligence declared a “dangerous German spy.”

On July 25, Issaquah History Museums will introduce 20 people to the fascinating life of “Count” Gustav Konstantin Alvo von Alvensleben, who built an extensive coal mining operation in downtown Issaquah.

While recounting tales of World War I, von Alvensleben and Issaquah’s dark and dangerous mining past, docent Doug Bristol will lead participants on a loop walk through the scenic remnants of von Alvensleben’s enterprise.

It is easy to get tickets and register on Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/1JZebyu. Advance registration is required. Tickets are $7.50 for general admission or $5 for members. To help ensure the hike is safe and enjoyable for all, participation is limited to a maximum of 20 guests.

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Puzzled about Preston

July 14, 2015

Roots of historical logging town can be tracked back to mysterious railway official

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden.  Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

Photo courtesy of Ed Holmes
August Lovegren was a Swedish Baptist who left Sweden to seek his fortune and, perhaps more importantly, to escape the persecution of Baptists by a Swedish government, which was something of a Lutheran theocracy. Most of the families who came to work for Lovegren were Swedish Baptists, many recruited directly from Sweden. Lovegren donated the land and the materials to build the church, completed circa 1904.

There has not been much written about the life of railway official William T. Preston, but he must have been quite a guy. Read more

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Hike explores the hidden trails of Cougar Mountain

July 8, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 8, 2015

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is leading a hike July 18 to explore some of the lesser-known trails of Cougar Mountain.

But you have to pre-register, so sign up now at www.mtsgreenway.org/trek. Cost is $25 per person.

Cougar Mountain is a favorite destination for trail runners and hikers, but only a small fraction of its trails are well-known. This guided hike will travel from east to west across the mountain, traversing many of its quieter trails.

The Hidden Trails of Cougar Mountain hike is a part of the 25th anniversary Mountains to Sound Greenway Trek, as participants hike and bike across the proposed Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area from Ellensburg to Seattle.

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Down Home 4th, Heritage Day are pure patriotism; see fireworks at state park

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.

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Issaquah City Council approves $250,000 for possible relocation of historic home

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.

By Greg Farrar The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration.

By Greg Farrar
The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration.

The Confluence Park master site plan identified the house as needing to be removed or relocated as part of the park development.

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Costco to host book signing May 9 for local author of ‘Lake Sammamish: Through Time’

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.

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Issaquah History Museums gets shut out of GiveBIG

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.

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Popular Olde Town Mine Hike returns March 28

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.

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Students place at regional History Day competition

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.

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The Beat — Globalization and sustainability class

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.

Jaimie Waltz Issaquah High School

Jaimie Waltz
Issaquah High School

Whitney, who also teaches history at Issaquah High School, created the curriculum for this semester class.

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