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Designed with the elementary classroom in mind, our history kits comply with the current curriculum requirements and Washington State standards. More than 30 lesson-plan ideas, games, photographs, and hands-on items make bringing history into your classroom both fun and memorable. What a great way to help kids get their hands on history! There is no fee to borrow the kits. To reserve a kit for classroom use, call the Instructional Media Center at 425/837-5056. or 837-5057.
In-depth information about the kits' contents and use can be found here.
Guided Museum Tours
Tours of the Gilman Town Hall Museum and the Issaquah Depot Museum are available by appointment. Tours of each facility last from 45 minutes to an hour. We are happy to tailor our tours to the needs of the classroom. Topics generally covered at the Gilman Town Hall include pioneer life, the nature of the community, and the general history of our town. Topics covered at the Issaquah Depot include the industrial revolution, travel and communication, and the early economic development of Issaquah. Tours are FREE for Issaquah School District groups (other groups pay $1 a child).
You can also check here for information about other history field trips you and your class might be interested in taking.
Discovery Tours of the Depot
Discovery Tours let classes explore the museum on their own. You can bring your class during museum open hours, or make an appointment for another time. Consider using the Family Activities Guide to the Depot to guide the discovery experience. You can purchase guides in bulk for 50 cents each (non-ISD teacher rate is $1 each), or you can download a copy here.
- Download the Family Activities Guide to the Depot.
(This document is set up to print as a booklet. Once printed, you'll need to cut the pages in half and put them in order. The booklet is also available at the Depot for a small donation).
Resources for Students
Issaquah History On-Line, the Issaquah Historical Society web site, is a great place to start when researching the history of Issaquah.
The David J. Horrocks Research Center is available for use during Gilman Town Hall open hours, and by appointment. Research assistance provided free for the first fifteen minutes (which is usually sufficient for staff to locate the appropriate materials for you), and $20 an hour afterwards. Independent use of the center is free.
Volunteer opportunities are available for high school students. Students can work as museum guides, do research, or work with our collections. Contact Museum Director Erica Maniez by e-mail or at 425/392-3500 for more information on volunteer opportunities.