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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