Off The Press

September 24, 2013

Go places, learn new things on the cheap

 Do you have a King County library card? At the low price of free, it’s one of the best values on the planet.

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little kid. Oh, the lives and worlds I’ve escaped into. Books can do that.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

I still have my first library card, which I got when I was 5. I also have my library awards from reading contests when I was a child. If they said read 50 books, I read 100. Ahh, nostalgia.

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History Museums receive grant from 4Culture

September 17, 2013

4Culture’s Heritage Collections Care program recently awarded $4,850 to the Issaquah History Museums for its Move Ready project.

The award was part of 4Culture’s sixth annual Heritage Collections Care Funding Program.

In total, 4Culture donated $63,655 to 23 King County nonprofit organizations to support the conservation of their historic collections. The awards ranged from $977 to $5,000, with the Issaquah History Museums receiving the second-largest grant.

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History museums to host volunteer orientation

August 20, 2013

Become a volunteer with the Issaquah History Museums by attending an upcoming orientation session.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14, the history museums will hold a museum volunteer orientation at the Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E. The orientation includes an overview of the organization and the community of Issaquah, as well as of upcoming events.

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Issaquah’s trolley is ready to roll

August 6, 2013

All aboard!

By Peter Clark After the trolley presentation July 23, attendees were invited to tour No. 519 on its track and ask questions of the conductors.

By Peter Clark
After the trolley presentation July 23, attendees were invited to tour No. 519 on its track and ask questions of the conductors.

The Issaquah Valley Trolley, a committee of the Issaquah History Museums, invites the public to hop on renovated streetcar No. 519 as it begins 2013 service Aug. 10.

Traveling a half-mile from the Issaquah Train Depot to the bridge near the Darigold Creamery, the trolley will carry passengers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends through summer and into fall.

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Trolley open house is July 23

July 16, 2013

There will be an Issaquah Valley Trolley open house July 23 to inform the public about future trolley service in Issaquah and volunteer opportunities for everyone who loves vintage streetcars.

The event is at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E. The event is free.

The future service of Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 will be discussed at an open house July 23. By David Johnson

The future service of Issaquah Valley Trolley Car No. 519 will be discussed at an open house July 23.
By David Johnson

The open house will feature displays and videos about car No. 519 and the history of the trolley project, as well as speakers and a question-and-answer session, according to a press release from IVT, an all-volunteer operation.

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Issaquah History Museums presents the story of ‘Bad Ben Legg’ on July 13

July 12, 2013

NEW — 6 p.m. July 12, 2013

The past of every community is enriched by fascinating individuals who actively participated in events that had a lasting impact.

Issaquah is no exception. Join Issaquah History Museums’ director Erica Maniez for a colorful tale of such a person from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 in the historic Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

On March 28, 1920, Ben Legg had reportedly been drinking moonshine when he grabbed his gun and set out after his neighbor, Tom Hall. By the end of the day, shots had been fired, Legg was in jail and a Seattle Times headline blared, “Bad Ben Legg Has An Aim That Matches His Heart!”

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History Museums presents the story of ‘Bad Ben Legg’

July 9, 2013

The past of every community is enriched by fascinating individuals who actively participated in events that had a lasting impact.

Issaquah is no exception. Join Issaquah History Museums’ director Erica Maniez for a colorful tale of such a person from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 in the historic Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.

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Museum volunteer retires after nine years of service

July 9, 2013

In 2004, Karen Klein thought she had retired, but then she saw a newspaper advertisement for a volunteer position at the Issaquah History Museums.

Nearly a decade later, Klein is retiring for real from her position as volunteer coordinator, and according to Museum Director Erica Maniez, she will be difficult to replace.

“It’s been delightful,” she said of her time working with Klein, whose last day was June 27. “She’s been my right-hand person in developing many things in the museum.”

Contributed Karen Klein (left) receives applause during Volunteer Awards Night in May at the Issaquah History Museums, led by Museum Director Erica Maniez (right), in honor of Klein’s nine years of volunteer work. On the wall happens to be a painting Klein created for longtime Issaquah resident Ruth Mohl as part of the museum’s Collective Memory Program.

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Karen Klein (left) receives applause during Volunteer Awards Night in May at the Issaquah History Museums, led by Museum Director Erica Maniez (right), in honor of Klein’s nine years of volunteer work. On the wall happens to be a painting Klein created for longtime Issaquah resident Ruth Mohl as part of the museum’s Collective Memory Program.

Klein grew up in Davis, Calif., where her father was the head of the Department of Viticulture and Enology, and she graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts in art history. Klein and her husband Joel, who is a winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, moved to Issaquah from California shortly before the birth of their first child.

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Head to parade, Heritage Day, Down Home Fourth, car show and fireworks today

July 4, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 4, 2013

Join the Issaquah community today in celebrating America’s independence and Issaquah’s history.

Bouncy houses, live entertainment, face painting, slug races and hay hunts are just a few of the activities planned for the Fourth of July festivities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids and pets can also dress up and decorate their bikes for the annual Kids, Pets ‘N’ Pride Parade, which will begin at 10 a.m. at Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Dogwood Street, and end at Veterans Memorial Field.

The Issaquah History Museums will set up stations for old-time laundry, dress-up, butter churning and logging, so kids and adults alike can experience Issaquah’s history firsthand. Read more

Museums benefit to feature Chuck Brodsky

July 2, 2013

Chuck Brodsky

Chuck Brodsky

The Issaquah History Museums are sponsoring a benefit concert to raise funds to expand the museums’ family programming.

Chuck Brodsky, a renowned singer-songwriter, will perform a selection of his lyrical and witty folk music at 7:30 p.m. July 11 in the setting of the historic Train Depot Museum’s freight room.

Brodsky, who lives in North Carolina, likens himself to a musical storyteller. He said his music is infused with a humanity, humor and emotion that resonate profoundly with his audience.

“They come to listen to every word, to get inside the songs and the stories, and they come to feel connected to a community of other folks who also crave a deeper, richer experience,” he said.

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