Downtown History Hike: The 20th Century
Walk through the history of Issaquah, from the time that the last coal mine closed down up to the present day. You'll hear about how changes in transportion impacted Issaquah's growth, what life was like in a town of just 1,000 people, and how a dairy town grew to become the bustling city Issaquah is today.
Saturday, August 27, at 10 AM

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Olde Town Mine Hike
Join IHM history hike leader, Doug Bristol, in exploring the mining history that continues to shape downtown Issaquah. Meet at the historic Issaquah Depot Museum at 10:00 for a two hour walk through the past.
August 20 at 10am

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Discover the Past Fundraiser
Join us for Discover the Past: An Issaquah Carnival, featuring food, fine drink, carnival entertainment, and both a live and silent auction. Proceeds will support the preservation of Issaquah's photographs and artifacts, and the museum programs that connect community members with Issaquah's past.
Saturday, September 14 at 6 PM

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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

Trolley currently CLOSED due to construction on Front Street; service will resume on Saturday, August 13.  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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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 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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