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Buildings and Sites
This month we are spotlighting Issaquah's historic buildings and sites! Many historic buildings still remain in Issaquah, along with some significant new buildings. Both old and new structures add character. Click here to peruse a wealth of information and pictures of many of Issaquah's special buildings and places.

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Downtown History Hike
Museum guide, Doug Bristol, will lead participants on a walk through the history of Issaquah, from the Native Americans to the present day. The tour will begin at 10:00am. Advance registration is required. Participants check in at the Issaquah Depot. It will cover roughly two miles of level sidewalk and will last approximately two hours.
February 20, 2016 10:00am

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February Play Date at the Depot
Come celebrate “sweets and sweeties” at the historic Issaquah Depot Museum! For its February Play Date, Issaquah History Museums invites you to drop in with your children for a hands-on exploration of February traditions of the past. Volunteers and kids will talk about important people in our lives and how we show them they are important. Kids will decorate Valentines and/or a cookie to take home.
February 6, 2016 at 11:00am

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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 Car #519 is a vintage electric trolley car originally manufactured in Philadelphia, PA in 1925.

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DIGITAL COLLECTIONS ON-LINE

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 DIRECTOR

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 makes the our 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 Valetentine’s 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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