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Halloween Trolley & Hands-on History Day!
On Sunday, October 28th at the Depot, kids will have an opportunity to celebrate an old Halloween tradition — decorating their own masks! The admission fee of $5 per person includes a trolley ride and participation in the Hands-on History activity in the Depot, plus admission to the Gilman Town Hall Museum. Children under three and members of the Issaquah History Museums enter free.

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Hillside Cemetery Tour - Encore
Join Museum Director Erica Maniez on Saturday, October 27, at 7 PM, for a guided walk in Issaquah's Hillside Cemetery. You'll hear stories about Hillside Cemetery, the lives of some of those buried there, and what life was like in small-town Issaquah during the 1900s. Participants are limited to 20 people, so don't wait to purchase your tickets!

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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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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. Join us for a special Santa Trolley on November 26 and 27! Trolley Car #519 is a vintage electric trolley car originally manufactured in Philadelphia, PA in 1925.

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DIGITAL COLLECTIONS ON-LINE

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 DIRECTOR

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125 Years of Issaquah

This year Issaquah is celebrating its quasquicentennial – or its 125th anniversary. The celebration will kick off on Issaquah’s birthday, April 29, and will continue throughout the year, until April 2018. We’re celebrating with a year-long series of posts that will inform, illuminate, and celebrate Issaquah’s milestones. more info>

Hiking Through History

The history hike season has begun, and we have a full calendar of hikes available. These include mining and logging hikes, downtown history hikes, and even some hikes especially for kids. Hikes are led by trained guides, who’ll reveal the history hidden in familiar landscapes. more info>

Joining In

Are you interested in local history? Do you enjoy meeting and talking to people? We invite you to sign up as a volunteer docent. Docents staff the Issaquah Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum, greeting visitors and answering basic questions.  more info>

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