Issaquah History Museums needs volunteers Saturday

March 11, 2010

NEW — 6:30 a.m. March 11, 2010

Help the Issaquah History Museums restore a vintage caboose Saturday.

Organizers need two or three volunteers to help remove old carpet from a 1942 caboose displayed at the Issaquah Train Depot. Works begins at 10 a.m., and should last up to two hours. The removal will allow a group from Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie to assess the condition of the wood floor beneath the carpet.

Contact museums Volunteer Coordinator Karen Klein at 392-3500 or for more information. Volunteers should bring a dust mask or respirator, gloves and a carpet or utility knife. The depot is located at 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

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4Culture gives $18,000 for caboose restoration

December 8, 2009

With $18,000 from 4Culture, the Issaquah History Museums will restore this 1942 caboose. Contributed

With $18,000 from 4Culture, the Issaquah History Museums will restore this 1942 caboose. Contributed

A 1942 caboose displayed at the Issaquah Train Depot — and crumbling due to water damage — will be restored with $18,000 from the county cultural services agency.

The caboose, a key piece of the Issaquah History Museums’ collection, needs repairs to undo decades’ worth of weather and wear. The grant from 4Culture will pay for about half the renovation cost, and museums volunteers will ask donors to help cover the remainder.

The money, doled out as part of the Heritage Cultural Facilities Program, comes from a portion of the King County Lodging Tax, a credit on the state sales tax charged on every hotel, motel, inn and bed-and-breakfast room. Besides the Issaquah caboose, 10 other facility projects will receive a total of $328,835.

The money is intended for the purchase, design, construction and remodeling of heritage facilities, and to buy equipment intended to be used for at least a decade. For the caboose, the money will be used to weatherize the cupola, a raised portion of the roof outfitted with windows, remove rust and ready the interior for hands-on and interpretive exhibits.

Museums Director Erica Maniez said the grant would prove critical, because a caboose is a key piece for a railway museum — and a big draw for tourists and school groups. Read more