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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Go Fourth and celebrate at parade, Heritage Day

July 1, 2014

From history lessons to soccer, Issaquah will have many opportunities for those wanting to celebrate America this Fourth of July.

While the events will largely resemble last year’s, organizers hope the tried-and-true celebrations will offer the same level of community involvement and entertainment. Both the Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day will take place in downtown.

The Swedish Hospital Kids ‘n Pets Parade will kick off the day, beginning at 11 a.m. It will wind its way down Front Street North and East Sunset Way before ending at Veterans’ Memorial Field.

“We will have a lot of the traditional favorites come back,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Director of Festivals Robin Kelley said.

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Opening the archives

July 1, 2014

An ongoing look at memorable images from Issaquah’s past

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica.maniez@issaquahhistory.org. If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@isspress.com.

2009.006.080.070 First prize car in July 4th parade Handwritten beside photo: ’First Prize, one 4th of July.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album dated 1911-1921.

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First prize car in July 4th parade
Handwritten beside photo: ’First Prize, one 4th of July.’ From Ferol Tibbetts’ album dated 1911-1921.

Opening the archives

June 3, 2014

The Issaquah History Museums take requests regarding what people would like to see in the Digital Collection. Roughly quarterly, volunteers have a data-entry day and prep a bunch of records for upload. If there is a particular name, place or item you’d like to see more images of on the website, email Erica Maniez at erica.maniez@issaquahhistory.org.
If you have a photo or subject you would like to see in this feature, email editor@isspress.com.

2005.017.001 Men dressed up and sitting on a truckbed parade float One man is wearing a Nazi insignia-patterned robe and hat; one is dressed in black robe and hood, with an ax; one with long white hair and beard with a walking stick or shepherds cane; one in military regalia; and several men in lodge or club decorated robes and caps. The truck license is from 1940, and the flag has 48 stars. In the background is another float decorated with trees, greens, people sitting at a picnic table with Pepsi-Cola visible.

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Men dressed up and sitting on a truckbed parade float
One man is wearing a Nazi insignia-patterned robe and hat; one is dressed in black robe and hood, with an ax; one with long white hair and beard with a walking stick or shepherds cane; one in military regalia; and several men in lodge or club decorated robes and caps. The truck license is from 1940, and the flag has 48 stars. In the background is another float decorated with trees, greens, people sitting at a picnic table with Pepsi-Cola visible.

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