About the Issaquah History Museums


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About the Museums

The Issaquah History Museums (IHM) is a nonprofit organization that operates the Gilman Town Hall Museum and the Issaquah Depot Museum, as well as the Issaquah Valley Trolley and numerous exhibits throughout the city. The organization’s mission is “to discover, preserve and share the history of Issaquah and its environs.”

IHM puts on events and history programs throughout the year, including interactive demonstrations, lectures and discussion, and local hikes and walking tours of historic Issaquah. IHM supports local and regional schools and student clubs through museum tours and history kits that cover a variety of topics pertinent to teachers in the classroom and beyond. A Family Activity Guide that promotes family interaction through education is available at the Depot Museum, where riding the Issaquah Valley Trolley is a popular activity.

Meet the Staff

Julie Hunter, Collections Manager
Formerly the Registrar at the Maine State Museum, Julie joined the IHM as a volunteer in 2006 and became a staff member in 2007. Julie cares for our artifacts and photographs from the moment they arrive at the museum. In addition to tracking what and where everything is, Julie follows museum best practices to ensure the long-term care of our collection. Julie lives in Newcastle, a former coal town on the other side of Cougar Mountain, with her husband and two furry feline wards, Melon and Cloud.

Kris Ikeda, Archives Specialist
Kris joined the IHM as a volunteer in 2015 and became a staff member in 2017. Kris is responsible for cataloging and imaging items for the Digital Collections, which include in-depth cataloging of letters, diaries, and other documents in our collection. Kris lives in Bellevue.

Erica Maniez, Museum Director
Erica was the first employee hired by the organization. She began her tenure in 1999, a few weeks after earning her Master’s in Museology. She has been chief cook and bottle-washer ever since. Erica’s favorite projects focus on telling stories about Issaquah’s past, something she gets to do on history hikes, speaker’s presentations, and kids’ tours. Erica also has a soft spot for chickens, and for Issaquah’s poultry-farming past. She lives in Seattle with a husband, one cat, four chickens, and children Dylan and Conrad.

Nicole Plastino, Administrative Coordinator
Nicole joined the IHM in 2017. Nicole holds down the administrative fort and provides program support where needed – including schedule depot rentals. A native Alaskan, Nicole moved south to Washington state to pursue higher education. Nicole’s professional background includes some fascinating hands-on history, including working as a field assistant for the Hori Japanese Bathhouse Restoration at Neely Mansion, and as a conservation intern for historic statuary preservation at Lakewold Gardens, in Lakewood, WA. Nicole lives in Tacoma with her spouse, and a rescue dog named Mocha. In her free time, she enjoys reading and researching.

Dorota Rahn, Volunteer Manager
Dorota joined the staff in 2015. Prior to her work here, she served as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Renton History Museums for 11 years.. If you think you might like to volunteer, Dorota is the person to call! Dorota also coordinates our museum tour program. Dorota lives in Sammamish with her husband and three daughters, Natalie, Charlotte, and Sylvia.

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Meet the Board

Robyn Barfoot

Gina Bjorklund

Bob Brock, President

Marilyn Boyden

Brandon Claycomb, Vice President

Jake Olsen-Jacobsen, Treasurer

Don Robertson

Mary Scott

Stacy Strickland, Secretary

Organizational Governance

The Issaquah History Museums are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, tax identification #23-7425589.

Organizational Bylaws

Board Meeting Schedule

The Board of Directors nominates new members on an annual basis. If you’re interested in volunteering as a board member, take a look at Board Expectations , and complete the contact form below.

Board Member Inquiry

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