‘Discover the Past’ during the history museums’ first fundraiser

September 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2015

The “Discover the Past” event is the first major fundraiser ever put on the by the Issaquah History Museums.

Or it is, at least, the museums’ first big fundraiser in a couple of decades, Issaquah History Museums Executive Director Erica Maniez said.

One reason for the lack of major fundraising was that the museums didn’t have anyone on staff or even on its board with experience in putting together bigger events. That changed when Robyn Barfoot, well known as the former curator of the Cougar Mountain Zoo, joined the museum board.

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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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Down Home 4th, Heritage Day are pure patriotism; see fireworks at state park

July 2, 2015

Robin Kelley may be kept busiest when it comes to Salmon Days in October. But as director of festivals for the city of Issaquah, she confided that their favorite time of year just might be the Fourth of July.

That’s when the community turns out for Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day.

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Car show, Make Music Day are both June 21

June 17, 2015

Sometimes, the stars align to bring together two things to make one memorable union, from love-struck youths Romeo and Juliet to food pairings surf and turf.

Issaquah residents will be the beneficiary of a quirk of the calendar, when two of the Downtown Issaquah Association’s biggest events of the year fall on the same day.

The car show Fenders on Front Street is always on Father’s Day, which just so happens to fall on June 21, the same date for the annual Music Day.

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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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Issaquah History Museums 4Culture Suitcases Project

August 19, 2014

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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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Issaquah Valley Trolley service starts soon

May 13, 2014

The vintage Issaquah Valley Trolley resumes service downtown May 17.

The car will run from the Train Depot to the east fork of Issaquah Creek and back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Passengers purchase boarding passes at the depot ticket window, 78 First Ave. N.E. Fares, a suggested $5 donation per person, includes admission to the Depot Museum and Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children 5 and younger are free, as well as History Museums members with membership cards.

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Issaquah History Museums presents ‘Cougar Mountain in the Cold War’ on Saturday

January 17, 2014

NEW — Noon Jan. 17, 2014

The Issaquah History Museums will host its first program of 2014 with its presentation of “Cougar Mountain in the Cold War: Issaquah’s NIKE Missile Base.”

Local expert Doug Bristol will present the story of the strategic missile site that was located on the site of present-day Radar Park in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

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