April 7, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. April 10, 2015
In “The Road” (1907), Jack London observed, “The hobo never knows what is going to happen the next moment; hence, he lives only in the present moment.”
The life of the hobo may be of the moment, but the fundamental need for shelter has spanned the ages. In the economic depressions of the 1890s and 1930s, there was a surge of homelessness, and hobos like Jack London hitched rides on trains in search of better opportunities.
Railroad towns like Issaquah were brief stopping points, and sometimes destinations.
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.
February 24, 2015
Issaquah doesn’t forget.
Not a Veterans Day or a Memorial Day goes by without a city celebration honoring the men and women who fought, or continue to fight, for this country’s freedom.
Issaquah and its residents won’t forget those sacrifices anytime soon, because Dave Waggoner won’t let them.
January 5, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 5, 2015
Join the Issaquah History Museums on Jan. 10 for Charlie Sundberg’s take on Issaquah’s history as seen through architecture.
The free program will be at 11 a.m. at the Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.
From the original mining company houses on Squak Mountain, to the re-created Pickering Barn, to the expansion of new neighborhoods throughout the community, people continue to shape history and the community with more than wood and concrete.
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.
December 9, 2014
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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.
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.
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.
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.