August 18, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2015
The Issaquah History Museums presents “Discover the Past,” its first planned annual fundraising celebration of the city’s history, from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.
Guests will hear many of Issaquah’s strangest stories from train conductors, former mayors, rodeo riders and other costumed figures from the past. A band will play on the steam donkey in front of the depot. There will be beer served from the Issaquah Brew House as well as fine wine, Italian appetizers and desserts from Forest Fairy Bakery.
The live auction, which helps fund history museum programs, will feature prize packages, including an escape to Bend, Oregon, a behind-the-scenes look at the Cougar Mountain Zoo and an adrenaline-filled combination of outdoor adventures.
Learn more at www.issaquahhistory.org.
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.
May 20, 2015
One of Issaquah History Museums’ favorite events is back.
On May 23, Erica Maniez, Issaquah History Museums director, will lead participants on a hike through the history of Issaquah, from the American Indians to the present day.
May 8, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. May 8, 2015
The Issaquah Valley Trolley will begin its 2015 season with a celebration of mothers.
The trolley will go into operation May 9. The next day, Mother’s Day, the first 50 moms to ride will receive a flower, compliments of Michael Johnson.
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.
December 15, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 15, 2014
The Issaquah History Museums is seeking digital images of Issaquah’s architecture.
The winter history program, “Issaquah’s Architecture,” at the Issaquah Depot Museum on Jan. 10, will showcase community members’ photos of Issaquah as seen through an architectural perspective.
Send photos of what you like and don’t like about architecture in Issaquah. Images of architectural features, details and streetscapes are welcome. Consider not just what is already historic, but what might be historic — something that might not be old but could be of significance or interesting to future Issaquahans.
Email JPEG images to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 1.
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.
March 18, 2014
It was July 29, 1914. Austria launched a bomb attack on Serbia, and Russia commenced mobilization for an attack on Austria. The German “Count” Gustav Konstantin Alvo von Alvensleben was in Germany, where the government was about to declare war on France and Russia.
On that same day, in the small town of Issaquah, Dave and Ann Morgan welcomed their first child, Ivor, into the world. He was born in coal company housing owned by von Alvensleben.
While von Alvensleben made plans to return to North America, Dave Morgan tended donkeys for von Alvensleben’s Issaquah and Superior Coal Mine on the west side of town. The donkeys hauled carts of coal from the dark, dusty, noisy and wet depths of the mines to the surface, where the coal was crushed, sorted and cleaned in preparation for shipment.