November Play Date at the Depot
The Issaquah History Museums invite parents and caregivers to drop in with their children for a hands-on exploration of holiday celebrations in Issaquah during the Great Depression. Participants will discuss celebrations, decorations, and what life was like in Issaquah during harder times. Kids will look at a variety of Depression-era tin can ornaments from the Museums’ […]
Saturday, November 26, 11-3

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Santa Trolley Coming to Town
This just in — Santa has found time in his busy schedule to ride aboard the Issaquah Valley Trolley on Saturday, November 26 and 27, 11 AM - 3 PM. Bring your camera and he will happily pose for photos with your little ones.
November 26 & 27, 11-3

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One Wobbly
Music will enliven an already lively topic at this upcoming IHM history program. Museum Director Erica Maniez and local musician Fred Hopkins team up for a local look at regional history, set to the songs of the labor organization Industrial Workers of the World.
Saturday, October 29 at 11 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. 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 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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