Amateur musicians enjoy intimate setting of Open Mic Night

August 25, 2015

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

Not everyone can walk on-stage before a crowd of thousands to perform their favorite songs.

For those musicians who wish to start smaller, limiting their jitters to a more intimate audience, there’s Issaquah’s Open Mic Night.

“It’s a different concept, especially for some people who have never performed in public before or younger people who get nervous, have a desire to see if they have what it takes to go down the road to perform in a nonthreatening environment,” said Bob Brock, who heads up the event after taking over for founding members Doug Browning and Fred Hopkins.

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Issaquah History Museums host Discover the Past fundraiser

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.

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Meet a ‘dangerous German spy’ during July 25 hike

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 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.

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Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day

July 4, 2015

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Explore Issaquah’s dark, dangerous mining past on history museums’ hike

June 13, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 13, 2015

Issaquah History Museums explores a dark and dangerous mining past on a “Grand Ridge Mine History Hike” June 20.

The Issaquah History Museums will give 20 people the chance to explore the daily commute of miners who worked in Issaquah’s longest-lasting coal mining operation as early as 1888.

The 3-mile adventure from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20 will be well worth the wear on sturdy walking shoes.

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Join Issaquah History Museums for Downtown History Walk on May 23

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.

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Trolley starts running May 9

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.

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Issaquah History Museums gets shut out of GiveBIG

May 5, 2015

NEW — 1:45 p.m. May 5, 2015

Issaquah History Museums Executive Director Erica Maniez sent out an email saying that due to a glitch, the nonprofit organization has been shut out of GiveBIG.

However, an anonymous donor has agreed to fill in the gap with matching funds for anyone who donates today.

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Issaquah History Museums presents ‘Hobos and Homelessness’ April 11

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.

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Popular Olde Town Mine Hike returns March 28

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.

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