Discover Issaquah’s seedy past during Halloween Pub Crawl

September 16, 2014

The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums will host a Halloween-styled Historic Pub Crawl from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 30.

The event starts at the Train Depot. Make your way through five of Issaquah’s downtown establishments, each featuring a small cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives and juicy tidbits about the people of Issaquah and times gone by. The event ends at the Hailstone Feed Store with champagne and chocolate.

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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.

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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.

Autumn Downtown History Walk is Sept. 6

September 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 4, 2014

Join Issaquah History Museums Director Erica Maniez Sept. 6 on a walk through the history of Issaquah, from the American Indians to the present day.

Maniez will lead an exploration through Issaquah’s downtown, the location for many of its oldest buildings and early stories. Check in at the Train Depot, 78 First Ave. N.E., five minutes prior to the 11 a.m. guided tour.

The walk will cover roughly two miles of level sidewalk and will last about two hours, rain or shine. Bring water and snacks, and leave animal companions at home.

Register in advance here. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for members (does not include fees).

Call 392-3500 or email info@issaquahhistory.org.

 

Scenes from suitcases

August 19, 2014

Photos By Greg Farrar Above, Camille Hildebrandt (left) enacts a scene Aug. 16 as an anxious mail order bride arriving by rail in the 19th century to embark on a new life with a husband she has never met, as Emma Wolff, 5, of Bellevue, and her grandfather Ron Wolff, visiting from the Skagit Valley, look on. The weekend Suitcases Project performance art, including an orphan train, hobos, a chapel car sermon and mail order brides, was a 4Culture 2014 Historic Site Specific Project that turned the Train Depot Museum into a living, breathing exhibit of railroad history. At right, Lin Lucas, performing with fellow actors as children fresh off the orphan train, tells his story to the audience at the Train Depot. Between 1854 and 1930, orphans were transported by rail to new families all over the Midwest and western regions of the United States by the Children’s Aid Society.

Photos By Greg Farrar
Camille Hildebrandt (left) enacts a scene Aug. 16 as an anxious mail order bride arriving by rail in the 19th century to embark on a new life with a husband she has never met, as Emma Wolff, 5, of Bellevue, and her grandfather Ron Wolff, visiting from the Skagit Valley, look on. The weekend Suitcases Project performance art, including an orphan train, hobos, a chapel car sermon and mail order brides, was a 4Culture 2014 Historic Site Specific Project that turned the Train Depot Museum into a living, breathing exhibit of railroad history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At right, Lin Lucas, performing with fellow actors as children fresh off the orphan train, tells his story to the audience at the Train Depot. Between 1854 and 1930, orphans were transported by rail to new families all over the Midwest and western regions of the United States by the Children’s Aid Society.

Lin Lucas, performing with fellow actors as children fresh off the orphan train, tells his story to the audience at the Train Depot. Between 1854 and 1930, orphans were transported by rail to new families all over the Midwest and western regions of the United States by the Children’s Aid Society.

Issaquah History Museums 4Culture Suitcases Project

August 19, 2014

Wally & The Beaves perform, costume contest at tonight’s Concert on the Green

August 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 19, 2014

Wally & The Beaves bring back the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll to the Concerts on the Green stage Aug. 19 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Picnicking kicks off at 6 p.m.; bring a blanket. Music is from 7-8:30 p.m. As many as 500 revelers attend, so come early to stake out your spot.

Wally & The Beaves, six of the most respected artists and musicians in the Pacific Northwest, formed in spring 2011. The band’s unique show has been gaining a loyal following since.

Each member of the band brings a bit of humor by dressing like well-known iconic characters from the era, from Buddy Holly to Susie Q.

In honor of the decade known for poodle skirts and leather jackets, Rowley Properties Inc. is sponsoring a 1950’s fashion contest during the concert.

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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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Opening the archives

July 22, 2014

2002.041.010 Edna Anderson  Edna Prue Anderson was elected Miss Spirit of ’76. She was born in 1889 and died in 1980.

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Edna Anderson
Edna Prue Anderson was elected Miss Spirit of ’76. She was born in 1889 and died in 1980.

Opening the archives

July 15, 2014

72.021.014.064I 1919 Model Ford truck on showroom display, circa 1940s  Two trucks on display in dealer’s showroom, most likely Hepler Ford. The second truck is much newer and may have been one of the new 1948 models that were revealed at Hepler’s in another series of photographs.

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1919 Model Ford truck on showroom display, circa 1940s
Two trucks on display in dealer’s showroom, most likely Hepler Ford. The second truck is much newer and may have been one of the new 1948 models that were revealed at Hepler’s in another series of photographs.

To the Editor

July 15, 2014

Heritage Day

Thanks to everyone who made it a success

The Issaquah History Museums was gratified by the wonderful community participation and volunteer support in abundant evidence at our 2014 Heritage Day celebration held in conjunction with the Down Home 4th of July in downtown Issaquah.

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