Send photos of what you love, or not, about Issaquah’s architecture by Jan. 1

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 volunteer@issaquahhistory.org by Jan. 1.

 

Opening the Archives

December 9, 2014

2002.027.011 Riders on the Issaquah Valley Trolley Inaugural Run, 2001 p121, #191 Arcadia book caption: Various dignitaries attended the Issaquah Valley Trolley’s inaugural run on April 30th, 2001. These included King County Executive Ron Sims (left-hand seat, third from front), Issaquah’s Chief of Police Dag Garrison (standing at back of car, in sunglasses) and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger (across the aisle from Sims). The trolley runs from the depot to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center; in the future, the Issaquah Historical Society hopes the trolley will continue to points beyond. Actually, as of 2012, the trolley itself is in the process of being restored. It is anticipated that it will eventually run between the Depot and Gilman Village.

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Riders on the Issaquah Valley Trolley Inaugural Run, 2001
p121, #191 Arcadia book caption:
Various dignitaries attended the Issaquah Valley Trolley’s inaugural run on April 30th, 2001. These included King County Executive Ron Sims (left-hand seat, third from front), Issaquah’s Chief of Police Dag Garrison (standing at back of car, in sunglasses) and Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger (across the aisle from Sims). The trolley runs from the depot to the Issaquah Visitor’s Center; in the future, the Issaquah Historical Society hopes the trolley will continue to points beyond. Actually, as of 2012, the trolley itself is in the process of being restored. It is anticipated that it will eventually run between the Depot and Gilman Village.

Santa Visits Issaquah as Christmas Season Begins

December 2, 2014

Exhibit examines Prohibition in Issaquah

October 28, 2014

If you find yourself in downtown Issaquah the night before Halloween, you may catch a glimpse of a gaggle of historical characters rampaging through the area.

Issaquah History Museums Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

Issaquah History Museums
Local residents are photographed at an illicit Prohibition party during the 1920s.

The History Pub Crawl is a partnership between the Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums to diversify the way local history is taught and to bring Issaquahans out in downtown on a Thursday night.

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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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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

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