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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History finds a new home — Newcastle’s past comes to life in new museum exhibit

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.

By Greg Farrar Rich Crispo, Newcastle council member, stands next to a display case with Milt Swanson’s coal miner helmet and an information poster honoring the late 95-year-old Newcastle native’s contributions to preserving the city’s history. The Renton History Museum’s Newcastle retrospective exhibit is on display until Feb. 7.

By Greg Farrar
Rich Crispo, Newcastle council member, stands next to a display case with Milt Swanson’s coal miner helmet and an information poster honoring the late 95-year-old Newcastle native’s contributions to preserving the city’s history. The Renton History Museum’s Newcastle retrospective exhibit is on display until Feb. 7.

Milt Swanson’s mining helmet emblazoned with his name along the side greets museumgoers while sitting in a clear display case.

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Recruiting for next generation of state’s Capsule Keepers ends Oct. 21

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.

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Donate your scrap metal Oct. 11 to support local history

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.

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