The Squak Valley Hot Shots
The Squak Valley Hot Shots were an Issaquah-based all-women's folk band who entertained throughout the Pacific Northwest. The group originally grew out of Issaquah's Eagles Club. Although the membership changed over the years, the group played together from 1957 to 1980. Artifacts relating the Hot Shots recently entered the IHM collections.

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Valentine Play Date & Trolley Time
Celebrate St. Valentine's Day with the Issaquah History Museums inside the Depot! Kids of all ages can admire Valentines from the Museums' collection, talk about how we show others that we care about them, and make their own Valentine. The Issaquah Valley Trolley will also be running from 11 AM until 3 PM, so you can snuggle up with your sweetie for a ride on the rails.
Saturday, February 10 at 11am

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Making History: 1980s & 1990s
Have you thought about writing a memoir? This series of weekly workshops is for you! Author and ghostwriter Kim Pearson will teach a comprehensive, easy to use, and fun method of exploring the times of your life against a backdrop of historical events.
Saturday, March 4, at 10 AM

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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. Join us for a special Santa Trolley on November 26 and 27! 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.



125 Years of Issaquah

This year Issaquah is celebrating its quasquicentennial – or its 125th anniversary. The celebration will kick off on Issaquah’s birthday, April 29, and will continue throughout the year, until April 2018. We’re celebrating with a year-long series of posts that will inform, illuminate, and celebrate Issaquah’s milestones. more info>

Hiking Through History

The history hike season has begun, and we have a full calendar of hikes available. These include mining and logging hikes, downtown history hikes, and even some hikes especially for kids. Hikes are led by trained guides, who’ll reveal the history hidden in familiar landscapes. more info>

Joining In

Are you interested in local history? Do you enjoy meeting and talking to people? We invite you to sign up as a volunteer docent. Docents staff the Issaquah Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum, greeting visitors and answering basic questions.  more info>

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