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Olde Town Mine Hike

Did you know that downtown Issaquah used to be the site of numerous coal mines?  The Issaquah History Museums’ Olde Town Mine History Hike explores the mining history that shaped downtown Issaquah. Take the hike and get a new perspective on the Olde Town neighborhood through historic photos, maps, and discussions of the changing landscape.

This loop hike begins at the historic Train Depot in downtown Issaquah and covers the areas near the Issaquah Creek dam and Mine Hill before returning to the Depot. Walks are held rain or shine. Bring water, snacks, and wear appropriate hiking shoes.

You can purchase tickets to this hike via Eventbrite. Tickets are $12.50 general admission or $10.00 for IHM members. Advance registration is required and unexpected guests cannot be accomodated. Participants meet at the Issaquah Depot Museum to begin the hike. There is a strict limit of 20 guests for this hike. Please, no children under 10; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please leave your canine friends at home.

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Volunteer Awards Night

Join us for a celebration of our amazing volunteer corps! More than 75 volunteers contribute more than 5,000 volunteer hours to the Issaquah History Museums each year. Volunteers help greet visitors at the museums, catalog and care for collections, lead children’s tours and mine hikes, help maintain our buildings and facilities, and much more! The evening will feature food, drink, live music, games, door-prizes, and camaraderie. Don’t miss it!

Attendance to this event is FREE for volunteers and their guests. Please RSVP via Eventbrite, and let us know how many guests will join you. We can’t wait to see you!

 

Warm thanks to the following sponsors for donating gifts and prizes:

Boehm’s Chocolates

Issaquah Grange Supply

 

 

Docent Jean Cerar

Volunteer Position: Docent

The Issaquah History Museums are seeking docents to assist with the upcoming busy season!

Responsibilities:  Docents at the Issaquah Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museums act as hosts and representatives of the museums, and provide a personal connection to the museum experience. Docents welcome visitors, answer basic questions, sell trolley tickets and gift shop items, and open and secure the building.

Schedule:

Issaquah Depot Museum

Saturdays & Sundays, 11 AM – 3 PM (October-April)

Saturdays & Sundays, 10:55 AM – 3:05 PM (May-September)

Gilman Town Hall Museum

Saturdays, 11 AM – 3 PM

Training:

1-2 hours of on-the-job training, followed by working one or more shifts with another volunteer.

Minimum Age:

Issaquah Depot Museum, May-September

14 and up

Issaquah Depot Museum, October-April

14-17 with a guardian

18 and up, no restrictions

Gilman Town Hall

14-17 with a guardian

18 and up, no restrictions

Commitment Level: 6 months minimum

Interested? Use the form on this page to get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, who can get you started.

I would love to volunteer!

 

 

 

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Olde Town Mine Hike

Did you know that downtown Issaquah used to be the site of numerous coal mines?  The Issaquah History Museums’ Olde Town Mine History Hike explores the mining history that shaped downtown Issaquah. Take the hike and get a new perspective on the Olde Town neighborhood through historic photos, maps, and discussions of the changing landscape.

This loop hike begins at the historic Train Depot in downtown Issaquah and covers the areas near the Issaquah Creek dam and Mine Hill before returning to the Depot. Walks are held rain or shine. Bring water, snacks, and wear appropriate hiking shoes.

You can purchase tickets to this hike via Eventbrite. Tickets are $12.50 general admission or $10.00 for IHM members. Advance registration is required and unexpected guests cannot be accomodated. Participants meet at the Issaquah Depot Museum to begin the hike. There is a strict limit of 20 guests for this hike. Please, no children under 10; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please leave your canine friends at home.

Volunteer Awards Collage

Volunteer Awards Night

Join us for a celebration of our amazing volunteer corps! More than 75 volunteers contribute more than 5,000 volunteer hours to the Issaquah History Museums each year. Volunteers help greet visitors at the museums, catalog and care for collections, lead children’s tours and mine hikes, help maintain our buildings and facilities, and much more! The evening will feature food, drink, live music, games, door-prizes, and camaraderie. Don’t miss it!

Attendance to this event is FREE for volunteers and their guests. Please RSVP via Eventbrite, and let us know how many guests will join you. We can’t wait to see you!

 

Warm thanks to the following sponsors for donating gifts and prizes:

Boehm’s Chocolates

Issaquah Grange Supply

 

 

Docent Jean Cerar

Volunteer Position: Docent

The Issaquah History Museums are seeking docents to assist with the upcoming busy season!

Responsibilities:  Docents at the Issaquah Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museums act as hosts and representatives of the museums, and provide a personal connection to the museum experience. Docents welcome visitors, answer basic questions, sell trolley tickets and gift shop items, and open and secure the building.

Schedule:

Issaquah Depot Museum

Saturdays & Sundays, 11 AM – 3 PM (October-April)

Saturdays & Sundays, 10:55 AM – 3:05 PM (May-September)

Gilman Town Hall Museum

Saturdays, 11 AM – 3 PM

Training:

1-2 hours of on-the-job training, followed by working one or more shifts with another volunteer.

Minimum Age:

Issaquah Depot Museum, May-September

14 and up

Issaquah Depot Museum, October-April

14-17 with a guardian

18 and up, no restrictions

Gilman Town Hall

14-17 with a guardian

18 and up, no restrictions

Commitment Level: 6 months minimum

Interested? Use the form on this page to get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, who can get you started.

 

 

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Making History: 1980s & 1990s

Join us for a series of weekly Author and Ghostwriter Kim Pearson teaches Making History workshop participants a comprehensive, easy to use, and fun method of exploring the times of their lives against a backdrop of historical events. She will lead them on a wild gallop through 20 years, from 1980 through 1999, exploring how they made a difference, what they contributed, what they witnessed, and how they can share their stories with others. They learn how to access buried memories through interactive techniques, sharing exercises, and non-critical discussion. They hear great stories from others and recount their own.

Register Here

Workshop Description

Making History workshops are based on Kim Pearson’s book Making History: how to remember, record, interpret and share the events of your life, briefly described on the following page. Because all workshops feature sharing, a minimum of six attendees is required. Purchase your tickets here through Eventbrite.

Eighties & Nineties Four-Week Workshop

One 90-minute session per week for 4 weeks; classes to be held on March 3, March 10, March 17, and March 24 from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM at the Issaquah Depot.

This workshop covers the twenty years from 1980 through 1999, and all eight categories from Making History:

  • Economics & Politics
  • The Social Fabric
  • War & International
  • Technology & Science
  • Crime & Disaster
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Lifestyle Activities
  • The Weird & Trivial

 

Participants learn and receive:

  • Entertaining “gallop” through the eight categories in Making History
  • Handouts of writing topic suggestions/questions for each category
  • Historical timelines handouts for each category
  • Detailed instruction in “Write to Remember Rules”
  • Class discussion of interpretation and sharing methods
  • Notebook for writing memory vignettes in class
  • Time to write, share, and listen to stories
  • 40% discount on the book Making History (purchase not necessary)

In this enjoyable workshop, participants receive many freebies. Kim hands out copies of timelines, sample topic questions, and notebooks. Participants also receive a discount on her book Making History, based on the workshops she has been teaching for nearly 20 years.

 

About Kim Pearson

Kim Pearson is an author, ghostwriter, and the owner of Primary Sources, a writing service that helps others become authors of polished, professional, and compelling books. She is the author of fifteen books, including award-winning Making History: how to remember, record, interpret and share the events of your life; and Dog Park Diary (ghostwritten for a dog!) She has ghostwritten (for people) more than 45 non-fiction books and memoirs, which tell the stories of a wide variety of people and cover a broad range of topics, from saxophones to finance, city histories to hypnotherapy, psychic horses to constipation, and many points in between. Her online program “Learn to Ghost” teaches others the fine art of ghostwriting. She teaches workshops and teleclasses on writing, history, and storytelling.

Registration

Register for this workshop series on Eventbrite. The cost for all four workshops is $50 ($40 for members of the Issaquah History Museums).

 

 

 

 

Valentine send to Mrs. August Berg in 1917.

Valentine Play Date & Trolley Time

Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with the Issaquah History Museums! On Saturday, February 10, 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. Activities are free with museum admission ($5 per person; free for IHM members).

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The Squak Valley Hot Shots

The Squak Valley Hot Shots were an all-women’s jug band that grew out of the Eagles Club. Although membership in the group changed over time, the Squak Valley Hot Shots played together from 1957 to 1980. The Hot Shots were a much-anticipated part of the Labor Day festivities; they were also recording artists! The homegrown group produced at least one 45 record in their career, and they played gigs throughout the Puget Sound area. In 1977, they helped the Seattle Sounders celebrate Issaquah Day at the King Dome be performing during halftime. Another hallmark of their career was a 1974 performance at Governor Wes Uhlman’s innauguration ball, in Olympia. Ida Mae Bergsma commented on some of their swankier appointments in a 1976 newspaper article, saying, “It’s not easy walking into a classy place like the Olympic Hotel carrying a wash tub.”

Although their line-up was generally all-female, the band occasionally called upon men to fill in for missing players. One undated clipping from the band’s scrapbook notes that, during an appearance in the North Bend parade, Dave Morgan filled in for Gladys Morgan, and “with his wig, dress and pantaloons, made a fine looking girl.”

Just before the end of 2017, the Issaquah History Museums received a group of unique artifacts pertaining to the Squak Valley Hot Shots. The IHM already preserves a number of photographs and other documents relating the the Hot Shots. Now some of the original musical instruments used by the Hot Shots have joined the community’s collection. Among the instruments donated were a washtub and broom, a washboard and wooden spoon (which also doubled as an identifying sign), an amplified kazoo and maracas.

Want to dig deep into the topic? You can see photos of the Squak Valley Hot Shots, and peruse their scrapbook (kindly loaned to us to  copy by June Nissley Willard) in our online Digital Collections. Members of the Squak Valley Hot Shots included Chattie Adair, Ida Mae Bergsma,  Madge Brundage, Pat Cammon, Mae Daverso, Edna Diedrich, Virvae Reed Dieringer, Jean Gregg, Eleanor Kramer, Irene McDiarmid, Kaye McElfresh, Gladys Morgan, Eleanor Munden, Beryl Nelson, Frances Nissley, Eileen Pennington, Faye Straub, Edna Uber, Alice Varner, and May Williams.

(Below, left: The Squak Valley Hot Shots, circa 1960. Below, right: washboard and band sign today)

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Alexander House in 1999

Buildings and Sites

Historical Buildings and Sites

Many historic buildings still remain in Issaquah, along with some significant new buildings. Both old and new structures add character. This page is a launch pad for information and pictures about many of Issaquah’s special buildings and places, both new and old. This list doesn’t imply any kind of registry, and does not include private residences.


Alexander House in 1999

Alexander House

155 NW Gilman Blvd Once a familiar landmark on the east shore of Lake Sammamish, this house was built by Thomas and Caroline Alexander in 1902 on land which was known for most of the century as Alexander’s Resort. Thomas Alexander had earlier been the “walking boss” (traveling construction supervisor) for the Seattle, Lakeshore and […]

Issaquah Bank

Bank of Issaquah Building

111 Front Street North This was a particularly ornate bank building when it was built in 1910 to replace an early wood-frame of the Bank of Issaquah.  At that time, the upper floor served as office space for area dentists and doctors.  Over time, sections of the building were used to house the Issaquah Post […]

Boehms Candies

Boehms Candies

255 Gilman Boulevard North The Boehm’s Story Located in downtown Issaquah in an authentic Alpine Chalet, Boehm’s Candies, Inc. has a history as unique as any of the one hundred and fifty types of chocolate and other confectionaries manufactured on its premises. Even more remarkably, the shop still operates with many of the traditions and […]

Coutts Building

Coutts Building

99 Front Street North History This building has housed many Issaquah businesses since it was constructed, replacing the earlier Coutts Building, in 1913. Cornelius Coutts returned from Alaska and purchased the Tolle Anderson Front Street business lot for $800. Coutts and his wife Eva started a dry goods store in Issaquah in a small, false […]

Finney's Market

Finney’s Market (Peters Agency)

71 Front Street North History J.W. Finney constructed his first meat market on this site circa 1900. In 1904, a fire devastated a large part of Issaquah’s downtown, including Finney’s building. The Issaquah Independent reported that “Incendiarism was suspected as having started in the Issaquah Coal Company store next door to the market.” This was […]

Gibson Hall

Gibson Hall

105 Newport Way SW Today’s Gibson Hall began life in 1936 as a three-sided picnic shelter constructed by the Works Progress Administration. The hall also had its own outbuilding that provided for restrooms and storage. Town Park was also the site of the Issaquah Free Campground and another WPA project, the State Salmon Hatcher. In […]

Gilman Town Hall

Gilman Town Hall Museum

165 SE Andrews Street The Gilman Town Hall was constructed in 1888 as a community hall. The Town of Gilman purchased the building in 1898 for use as the Town Hall. In addition to providing a place for governance, the building served, at varying times, as a polling place, library, school, police station, and fire […]

Gilman Village

Gilman Village

In 1972, Betty Konarski, owner of the Country Mouse consignment store, convinced Marvin and Ruth Mohl to scrap their plans to create another strip mall, and to create what would be Gilman Village instead.

Ginko Tree

Ginkgo Tree

90 Front St South This rare Ginkgo tree was planted by Dr. W.E. Gibson (a physician) at the start of the twentieth century. Dr. Gibson became Issaquah’s mayor in 1900 and served several additional terms as mayor and in the state legislature over the next 25 years. His family home was located on this site until it […]

Grand Central

Grand Central Hotel

58 East Sunset Way When the Grand Central Hotel was constructed, Issaquah was a stopover point for passengers traveling by train from Seattle to Snoqualmie. James Henry Croston, who worked in the mines as a carpenter, built the hotel in 1903 and operated it until his death in 1913. The family eventually sold the hotel […]

The Grange Mercantile

Grange Mercantile Building

485 Front Street North From the 1998 “Issaquah Historic Property Inventory”: History The Grange Mercantile Association was organized by Issaquah Valley Grange No. 581 in 1916 and built this warehouse with large-scale ice-box and refrigeration rooms for general merchandise. The Mercantile Association served the food needs of the Issaquah community for 55 years before closing […]

The Hailstone Schell Station

Hailstone Feed Store

232 Front Street North On December 18, 2003 the Issaquah Landmarks Commission met at the Issaquah Depot to discuss proposals to name two historic Issaquah buildings as City landmarks. The buildings under discussion were the Depot and the Hailstone Feed Store. Both buildings were granted landmark status. The feed store building, located on the east […]

Hillside Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery

Between Mt. Park Boulevard and Sunset Way Issaquah’s cemetery, located above downtown to the west, is composed of rolling hills with large, mature cedars and heritage trees. The site is visibly tied to the landscape of the forested foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Granite and stone grave markers date from the late 19th Century. Thirty […]

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IOOF Hall

58 Front Street North This is the oldest remaining commercial structure in Issaquah, having been constructed in 1888 by The Gilman Lodge # 69, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In addition to serving as lodge and community meeting hall, From the 1998 “Issaquah Historic Property Inventory”: History The Issaquah Odd Fellows Hall was […]

Issaquah Auto Freight Building

Issaquah Auto Freight Building

185 First Avenue SE One of the Issaquah History Museums’ best kept secrets, the Restoration Shop contains a variety of tools, treasures, and vintage working machinery. Open house visitors can admire a set of Burma Shave signs, one of old Issaquah’s original wooden water pipes, a vintage Fairmont speeder used in track-work and repair, and the […]

Issaquah Community Center

Issaquah Community Center

301 Rainier Boulevard S The community center, both inside and out, is the center of Issaquah’s Parks and Recreation activities. Some of the inside amenities include a computer lab, fitness area, running track, sports courts, and youth center. The expansive front lawn is the home of frequent summer music concerts, and the City puts together […]

Darigold & Issaquah Creek

Issaquah Creamery (Darigold Plant)

611 Front St N Issaquah’s Darigold Plant has been site of the continuous operation of a dairy facility since 1909. In that year, it was opened as the “Northwestern Milk Condensing Company” by a group of local businessmen looking for an outlet for the area’s dairy farms. Under the auspices of the Commercial Club, Tolle Anderson […]

Gilman's Depot, circa 1892

Issaquah’s Northern Pacific Depot

78 First Avenue NE Issaquah’s Depot was constructed in 1889, and helped to transform the small farming community into a bustling coal town. It was originally built under the auspices of Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railway, but became part of the Northern Pacific network after the Panic of 1893 shut down the SLS&E. In the 1980s, […]

Pilot House of Issaquah Ferry

Issaquah Ferry Pilot Houses (Sausalito, CA)

300 Napa Street, Sausalito, California The ferry ISSAQUAH has gone through a long life’s journey since its maiden journey on Lake Washington on May 2, 1914. Most of the ferry is history, but the two pilot houses are preserved and on display in the Galilee Harbor parking lot in Sausalito, California. As of September 1999, […]

Issaquah's library, drawing

Issaquah Library

10 Sunset Way Issaquah’s 15,000-square-foot library opened June 4, 2001. Just west of the library, along Sunset Way, a new, two-level garage provides free parking for visitors. Construction of the new facility took 18 months and cost about $8.2 million. As of opening day, 28 “state-of-the-art” computers were available for research, writing and recreation. The […]

Issaquah Police Station

Issaquah Police Station and Jail

130 Sunset Way On April 8, 2000, the Issaquah Police Department had its grand opening and ribbon cutting at the new police station. Newscaster Tony Ventrella was Master of Ceremonies, and he brought two wonderful female singers to sing the National Anthem. Mayor Ava Frisinger and Chief of Police Dag Garrison both gave inspirational speeches […]

Salmon at the Issaquah Hatchery

Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

125 West Sunset Way With more than 300,000 visitors each year, the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is easily the most-visited hatchery in the state.  The best time to visit is September and October, when the salmon return to the hatchery up Issaquah Creek and when the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (F.I.S.H.) offers public tours. […]

Issaquah Sportsmen's Club

Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club*

23600 Evans Street The Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club clubhouse was built during the great depression (1937), using funding from the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The clubhouse has been continuously used by the Issaquah Sportsman’s Club, with many activities open to the public. The Issaquah Alps Trails Club was founded at the clubhouse in 1979, and the […]

Village Theatre's First Stage

Issaquah Theater (Village Theatre First Stage)

120 Front St. North From the 1998 Issaquah Historic Property Inventory: History Mr. Rufus H. Glenn came to Issaquah in 1912 and opened a theater in town. And in 1913 he built the Issaquah Theater Building (called Glenn Theater at the time) at this site where silent films were shown. The theater has a flat floor, […]

Trails House/Sylvester House

Issaquah Trails Center/Reconstructed Sylvester House

11o SE Bush Street The “Trails House” is owned by the City of Issaquah and used primarily as a meeting place and headquarters for the Issaquah Alps Trails Club.  The single cozy meeting room is used for committee and board meetings for various organizations and the City. The lean-to section in the back contains public […]

Lake Sammamish State Park

Lake Sammamish State Park

20606 SE 56th Street Lake Sammamish State Park is a 512-acre day-use park with 6,858 feet of waterfront on Lake Sammamish. The area around the lake was an important culture zone for local Indian tribes for centuries. The park provides deciduous forest and wetland vegetation for the enjoyment of visitors. A salmon-bearing creek and a […]

Steam Donkey Display

Logging History Display

100 Block First Avenue The logging display at the City of Issaquah’s “Preservation Park” was created over the course of the 1990’s by many volunteers, and is maintained by the Issaquah Historical Society. At the center of the display is a “road engine”, which were used throughout the area in the late 1800’s and early […]

Masonic Hall, 1999

Masonic Hall

55 West Sunset Way From the 1998 Issaquah Historic Property Inventory: History The Masonic Hall has played significant roles in the building of community in Issaquah. First, serving as a fraternal lodge, the hall was the site of socializing and the development of community ties. A newspaper photo and caption in the Issaquah Historic Society […]

Larry Kangas, at work on the logging mural

Mill Street Logging Mural

Corner of Sunset Way and First Avenue NE This 1998 mural depicts Issaquah’s logging industry circa 1900-1940. At this time, old growth cedar and fir logs were being cut from the hills surrounding Issaquah and milled in the town’s many lumber mills. There were a number of railroad spurs that made transport of lumber into […]

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Pickering Barn*

Pickering Barn was the center of Issaquah’s largest dairy farm for many years. The land surrounding the barn was purchased from earlier homesteaders by Washington territorial governor William Pickering in 1867. Today the barn is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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“Radar Park” at Anti-Aircraft Peak

Cougar Mountain Regional Park Now an open field, “Radar Park” was once a military installation used to protect our area from air attack.  All that is left of the installation now is sidewalks (which seem to serve no purpose), cement pads, landscaping features and an interpretive sign. The site is part of the Cougar Mountain […]

Linda Ruehle with Commemorative Statue

Statue and Bench At City Hall South

Corner of 1st Ave. SE and E. Sunset Way [The following article is adapted from the Washington Municipal Clerks’ Association (WMCA) Fall 2001 quarterly newsletter] Linda Ruehle, City Clerk for the City of Issaquah retired on June 1, 2001, after serving the City and the community for 30 years.  On October 5, 2001, Linda was […]

Triple X Drive In

Triple-X Root Beer Drive-In

98 NE Gilman Boulevard The first drive-in restaurant in the Pacific Northwest was established in 1930 in Renton by A.H. Rutherford. The combination of Triple XXX Root Beer and food turned out to be a great idea which spread nationwide. Of all the XXXs that ever graced our country’s landscape, Issaquah’s is the only one left which […]

Issaquah Rodeo, 1924

Veterans’ Memorial Field

130 Sunset Way Memorial Field is a peaceful place in the heart of downtown Issaquah.  Come on a sunny day to enjoy the ball fields, playground, good views of the surrounding green hills. The piece of land that is now Memorial Field was once owned by the Superior Coal Company. Superior Coal, a German-owned company, […]

Events

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Olde Town Mine Hike

Did you know that downtown Issaquah used to be the site of numerous coal mines? The Issaquah History Museums’ Olde Town Mine History Hike explores the mining history that shaped downtown Issaquah. Take the hike and get a new perspective on the Olde Town neighborhood.

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CoalMineAtIssaquah3698

Olde Town Mine Hike

Did you know that downtown Issaquah used to be the site of numerous coal mines? The Issaquah History Museums’ Olde Town Mine History Hike explores the mining history that shaped downtown Issaquah. Take the hike and get a new perspective on the Olde Town neighborhood.

Volunteer Awards Collage

Volunteer Awards Night

Join us for a celebration of our amazing volunteer corps! More than 75 volunteers contribute more than 5,000 volunteer hours to the Issaquah History Museums each year. Come help us to celebrate them with food, live music, games, prizes, and more!

Docent Jean Cerar

Volunteer Position: Docent

The Issaquah History Museums are seeking docents to assist with the upcoming busy season! Docents at the Issaquah Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museums act as hosts and representatives of the museums, and provide a personal connection to the museum experience. Docents welcome visitors, answer basic questions, sell trolley tickets and gift shop items, and open and secure the building.

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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.

Valentine send to Mrs. August Berg in 1917.

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.

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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.

Alexander House in 1999

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.