What Bertha’s Correspondence Tells Us
New tidbits about Issaquah's past are constantly revealing themselves here at the Issaquah History Museums. We recently received a treasure trove of letters from the late 1890s and early 1900s, all written to Bertha Wold Baxter. What can we learn from Bertha's correspondence? Find out!

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Pages of Issaquah History
Drop in with your children for a hands-on art activity that invites kids to paint their own history of Issaquah. Kids will examine the colorfully engaging Bill Haddon mural that hangs in the Depot, and we'll provide the materials and guidance for them to create their version of an Issaquah Mural. Resulting art will be on display at the Issaquah Depot.
Saturday, March 4, 11 - 3

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Who Was Sena Wold?
The City of Issaquah recently named its newest park Sena Park -- after early Issaquah resident Sena Wold. Find out more about the woman after whom the park was named in this new blog post!

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Get your ALL ACCESS PASS to all our Museums:

Gilman Town Hall Museum

Built in, 1886, the Gilman Town Hall features a permanent exhibit called “In This Valley: The Story of Our Town,” which uses photographs, artifacts, and interactive elements to explore different aspects of Issaquah’s past.

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Issaquah Depot Museum

The city’s train depot was built in 1889, and now holds a museum with exhibits that explore the industrial revolution, travel, communication, and the early economic development of Issaquah.

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Issaquah Valley Trolley

The city’s historic Issaquah Depot Museum hosts the popular Issaquah Valley Trolley, which typically runs May-September. Trolley currently CLOSED for the season, excepting special occasions like the Santa Trolley on November 26 and 27. Service in 2017 will resume in early May.Trolley Car #519 is a vintage electric trolley car originally manufactured in Philadelphia, PA in 1925.

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In 2011, we launched a project to digitize our collections and make them available to researchers on-line. Three years into the project, we are still realizing the value of the information we have gathered. We’re thrilled to be able to share the contents of our photo files, letter collections, important documents, and oral histories! Collectively, these materials tell the story of Issaquah, and, individually, they provide invaluable insights on people and events that helped shape the region and have profound relevance today.


A-Note-From-The-DirectorLove! Intrigue! Racial Tension!

It sounds like the plot of a blockbuster movie, doesn’t it? All of these things, and much more, are packed into the stories of Issaquah’s past. Join us for one or more of our upcoming February activities, where we will dig into Issaquah’s past and explore some of the stories that make the town such a fascinating place.

Love. Guests at our February Depot Playdate will explore the custom of sending love notes and gifts, including Valentines, using stories from letters and cards in the IHM collection.  Kids will also have the opportunity to make Valetentines for their own sweeties.<more info>

Intrigue. Although Issaquah may have been a small town for most of its existence, but it has not always been a QUIET town. Join us for our Historic Pub Crawl (co-sponsored by the Downtown Issaquah Assocation), where guides will regale you with stories of Issaquah’s shady past while you sample food and drinks from several downtown establishments. This event is great fun, and tickets always sell out. <more info>

Racism. In honor of Black History Month, we welcome actress and historian Eva Abrams for a discussion on the history of racism in America. In the era when early Issaquahns drove Chinese laborers out of town, racism was obvious. Join us for a discussion about the ways racism has changed over time, and how we can combat it. <more info>

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