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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To the Editor

September 23, 2014

Traffic

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?

Cydne Papworth

Issaquah

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Opening the archives

September 16, 2014

72.021.014.066A Alpine Dairy trucks and drivers p74, #113 Arcadia book caption: In 1909, dairy farmer John Anderson founded the Northwestern Milk Condensing Co., which became the Alpine Dairy Co. in the 1930s. A number of small farms sold milk to Alpine, which produced and distributed a variety of dairy products. Alpine also sponsored the town football team. Pictured from left to right are Everett Harrington, Gordon Crosby, Carl Walker, Jake Borman, Rod Anderson, and Keith Pickering in front of the Alpine Dairy, circa 1950.

72.021.014.066A
Alpine Dairy trucks and drivers
p74, #113 Arcadia book caption:
In 1909, dairy farmer John Anderson founded the Northwestern Milk Condensing Co., which became the Alpine Dairy Co. in the 1930s. A number of small farms sold milk to Alpine, which produced and distributed a variety of dairy products. Alpine also sponsored the town football team. Pictured from left to right are Everett Harrington, Gordon Crosby, Carl Walker, Jake Borman, Rod Anderson, and Keith Pickering in front of the Alpine Dairy, circa 1950.

Opening the archives

August 19, 2014

2001.015.001 1947 IHS graduating class The girls in the Issaquah High School class of 1947 received locking Lane cedar hope chest boxes. They are standing in front of Reggie Thomas’ furniture store. Thomas is standing at the far left.

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1947 IHS graduating class
The girls in the Issaquah High School class of 1947 received locking Lane cedar hope chest boxes. They are standing in front of Reggie Thomas’ furniture store. Thomas is standing at the far left.

Train Depot brings railroad history to life Aug. 16-17

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.

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