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Historic Pub Crawls in 2020

Issaquah has an interesting and colorful past of bars, brawls and bullets and we want to share it with you!

This event starts at the Issaquah Depot Museum, where you will meet local historians who will take you through Issaquah’s downtown establishments. Each stop will feature a cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives, side splitting stories and juicy tidbits our pioneers didn’t want you to hear! The event will end at the Historic Shell Station with a shot of moonshine paired with chocolate.

The event kicks off at the Issaquah Depot Museum at 6:45 p.m. The Pub Crawl will commence at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end around 9:00 p.m. This event involves walking and standing outdoors, so please plan and dress accordingly.

Please direct questions to events@downtownissaquah.com or call us at 425-391-1112.

This event is brought to you by: The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums

Historic Pub Crawls in 2020

Issaquah has an interesting and colorful past of bars, brawls and bullets and we want to share it with you!

This event starts at the Issaquah Depot Museum, where you will meet local historians who will take you through Issaquah’s downtown establishments. Each stop will feature a cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives, side splitting stories and juicy tidbits our pioneers didn’t want you to hear! The event will end at the Historic Shell Station with a shot of moonshine paired with chocolate.

The event kicks off at the Issaquah Depot Museum at 6:45 p.m. The Pub Crawl will commence at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end around 9:00 p.m. This event involves walking and standing outdoors, so please plan and dress accordingly.

Please direct questions to events@downtownissaquah.com or call us at 425-391-1112.

This event is brought to you by: The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums

Historic Pub Crawls in 2020

Issaquah has an interesting and colorful past of bars, brawls and bullets and we want to share it with you!

This event starts at the Issaquah Depot Museum, where you will meet local historians who will take you through Issaquah’s downtown establishments. Each stop will feature a cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives, side splitting stories and juicy tidbits our pioneers didn’t want you to hear! The event will end at the Historic Shell Station with a shot of moonshine paired with chocolate.

The event kicks off at the Issaquah Depot Museum at 6:45 p.m. The Pub Crawl will commence at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end around 9:00 p.m. This event involves walking and standing outdoors, so please plan and dress accordingly.

Please direct questions to events@downtownissaquah.com or call us at 425-391-1112.

This event is brought to you by: The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums

Historic Pub Crawls in 2020

Issaquah has an interesting and colorful past of bars, brawls and bullets and we want to share it with you!

This event starts at the Issaquah Depot Museum, where you will meet local historians who will take you through Issaquah’s downtown establishments. Each stop will feature a cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives, side splitting stories and juicy tidbits our pioneers didn’t want you to hear! The event will end at the Historic Shell Station with a shot of moonshine paired with chocolate.

The event kicks off at the Issaquah Depot Museum at 6:45 p.m. The Pub Crawl will commence at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end around 9:00 p.m. This event involves walking and standing outdoors, so please plan and dress accordingly.

Please direct questions to events@downtownissaquah.com or call us at 425-391-1112.

This event is brought to you by: The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums

Valentine’s Trolley and Hands-on History Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Issaquah History Museums!

On Saturday, February 8th, kids of all ages can admire Valentine’s Day cards from the Museums’ collection, talk about how we show others that we care about them, decorate a cookie, and create a Valentine card. Tea and coffee will be served. 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 (Adults $8; Seniors, students, children, service members $6 per person; free for kids 2 and under as well as IHM members).

Newly-Digitized Press Yields More Than 100 Years of Stories

There is a new tool available for anyone researching life in Issaquah, doing local genealogy, or trying to confirm a fact from the past. Thanks to a generous donation from local philanthropist Skip Rowley, of Rowley Properties, the Issaquah History Museums have made the full archives of The Issaquah Press available online, in a format that is both searchable and free to the user. Interested residents, researchers, and others can view more than 100 years worth of The Issaquah Press via an ArchiveInABox website.

The Issaquah Press started out as The Issaquah Independent, and its first issue was published on January 18, 1900. The weekly newspaper played a critical role as observer and recorder of events in Issaquah and the surrounding area. As Issaquah changed from a booming coal-mine town to a quiet farming community, and then to a growing suburb of Seattle, The Issaquah Press captured the stories and images that made Issaquah unique. Many local businesses, organizations, and individuals can trace important events in their development through the pages of the Press. When the Press closed up shop in February 2017, it was universally mourned.

In March 2018, the Seattle Times donated the full collection of Issaquah Press back issues to the Issaquah History Museums. Each of the 184 volumes consist of several years worth of newspapers bound together within a hardbound cover. Each volume is roughly two feet high and a foot wide. Lacking sufficient space at the Gilman Town Hall, we rented climate-controlled storage space to accommodate the collection.

Once the back issues were appropriately stored, staff began planning for a complete digitization. Selected issues of The Issaquah Press were digitized by a company called Smalltown Papers in the early 2000s. However, more than half of the Issaquah Press collection remained inaccessible — unless the prospective researcher was willing to use an aged microfilm reader paired with microfilm created in the 1980s.

In December 2018, Skip Rowley pledged to cover the cost of digitizing the remaining half of undigitized Press issues. Once the project was funded, Digital Archives Specialist Kris Ikeda began shipping bound Issaquah Press volumes to a digitization facility in Frederick, Maryland for processing. Digitization of the remaining Issaquah Press issues took 8 months, during which time 3,311 editions (consisting of 43,513 pages) were scanned. 

Note that a small percentage of the Issaquah Press remains lost. Issues between 1900 and 1907, and between 1911 and 1918, are missing, their bound volumes lost sometime before the Press was microfilmed in the early 1980s. When you’re researching a particular topic, it can often feel like everything interesting that ever happened in Issaquah occurred during those gaps. We are always on the lookout for Issaquah Press issues that fall into these gaps. I try to keep a half-glass full attitude, and remain grateful for the thousands of issues, documenting more than 100 years, that do exist.

Ready to dive into Issaquah’s past? Follow this link to our ArchiveInABox site, where you can browse, search, and read through our community’s stories.

Downtown History Hike

Explore some of Issaquah’s hidden history on this easy stroll through the historic downtown. A museum guide will lead participants on a walk through the history of Issaquah, from the Native Americans who first lived in the area up to Issaquah’s growth into a small town, circa 1925. You’ll hear about how changes in transportation impacted Issaquah’s growth, and what life was like in a town of just 1,000 people.

The tour will begin at 10:00 am. Advance registration is required; order tickets via Eventbrite. Participants check-in at the Issaquah Depot. The walk will cover roughly two miles of level sidewalk and will last approximately two hours.

Walks are held rain or shine. We recommend that you bring water and snacks, and request that you leave animal companions at home.

Contact the Issaquah History Museums office at 425/392-3500 or info@issaquahhistory.org if you have any questions.

Historic Tiger Mountain Mine Hike

Coal mining, crime, and deception were alive and well on Tiger Mountain, just a few miles south of downtown Issaquah, in the early 20th century.  Honest coal miners mixed with henchmen and bunko artists to create a set of colorful stories — which you can hear as you explore the original setting of the events.

The Issaquah History Museums (IHM) are pleased to introducing the newest addition to their series of history hikes. Walk in the footsteps of miners, scallawags, bootleggers, and other energetic profiteers, and learn how Tiger Mountain and its secrets gained a reputation as far away as Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, Colorado, and other far flung locations. Visit the site of the Caroline Mine, where hike leaders will introduce you to its operations and structures — and the people who passed through its history.  This hike will open your eyes to a whole new side of Issaquah’s history!

This hike lasts roughly 2.5 hours, goes about 2.5 miles, and has an elevation gain of roughly 100 feet. Please purchase tickets through Eventbrite.

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Participants will meet at the Issaquah Depot Museum (78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah) and receive a parking pass and a map to a parking lot in the Tiger Mountain State Forest. The hike will begin there. Note that this parking lot is not generally available to the public, and won’t be accessible without the pass.

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.

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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Historic Pub Crawls in 2020

Issaquah has an interesting and colorful past of bars, brawls and bullets and we want to share it with you!

This event starts at the Issaquah Depot Museum, where you will meet local historians who will take you through Issaquah’s downtown establishments. Each stop will feature a cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives, side splitting stories and juicy tidbits our pioneers didn’t want you to hear! The event will end at the Historic Shell Station with a shot of moonshine paired with chocolate.

The event kicks off at the Issaquah Depot Museum at 6:45 p.m. The Pub Crawl will commence at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end around 9:00 p.m. This event involves walking and standing outdoors, so please plan and dress accordingly.

Please direct questions to events@downtownissaquah.com or call us at 425-391-1112.

This event is brought to you by: The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums

Historic Pub Crawls in 2020

Issaquah has an interesting and colorful past of bars, brawls and bullets and we want to share it with you!

This event starts at the Issaquah Depot Museum, where you will meet local historians who will take you through Issaquah’s downtown establishments. Each stop will feature a cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives, side splitting stories and juicy tidbits our pioneers didn’t want you to hear! The event will end at the Historic Shell Station with a shot of moonshine paired with chocolate.

The event kicks off at the Issaquah Depot Museum at 6:45 p.m. The Pub Crawl will commence at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end around 9:00 p.m. This event involves walking and standing outdoors, so please plan and dress accordingly.

Please direct questions to events@downtownissaquah.com or call us at 425-391-1112.

This event is brought to you by: The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums

Historic Pub Crawls in 2020

Issaquah has an interesting and colorful past of bars, brawls and bullets and we want to share it with you!

This event starts at the Issaquah Depot Museum, where you will meet local historians who will take you through Issaquah’s downtown establishments. Each stop will feature a cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives, side splitting stories and juicy tidbits our pioneers didn’t want you to hear! The event will end at the Historic Shell Station with a shot of moonshine paired with chocolate.

The event kicks off at the Issaquah Depot Museum at 6:45 p.m. The Pub Crawl will commence at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end around 9:00 p.m. This event involves walking and standing outdoors, so please plan and dress accordingly.

Please direct questions to events@downtownissaquah.com or call us at 425-391-1112.

This event is brought to you by: The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums

Valentine’s Trolley and Hands-on History Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Issaquah History Museums!

On Saturday, February 8th, kids of all ages can admire Valentine’s Day cards from the Museums’ collection, talk about how we show others that we care about them, decorate a cookie, and create a Valentine card. Tea and coffee will be served. 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 (Adults $8; Seniors, students, children, service members $6 per person; free for kids 2 and under as well as IHM members).

Historic Pub Crawls in 2020

Issaquah has an interesting and colorful past of bars, brawls and bullets and we want to share it with you!

This event starts at the Issaquah Depot Museum, where you will meet local historians who will take you through Issaquah’s downtown establishments. Each stop will feature a cocktail or appetizer, lively narratives, side splitting stories and juicy tidbits our pioneers didn’t want you to hear! The event will end at the Historic Shell Station with a shot of moonshine paired with chocolate.

The event kicks off at the Issaquah Depot Museum at 6:45 p.m. The Pub Crawl will commence at 7:00 p.m. sharp and end around 9:00 p.m. This event involves walking and standing outdoors, so please plan and dress accordingly.

Please direct questions to events@downtownissaquah.com or call us at 425-391-1112.

This event is brought to you by: The Downtown Issaquah Association and the Issaquah History Museums