Uncle Charlie WalkerChantal Wilkins wearing Miss Issaquah sash and tiara, 1991
Grand Ridge Mine Hike
Get some fresh air and stretch your legs with us on our first Grand Ridge Mine Hike since the pandemic began. You will have the chance to explore the daily commute of miners who worked in Issaquah's longest-lasting coal mining operation.
Saturday, May 15 @ 10 AM

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Downtown History Hike, Part I (to 1925)
Explore some of Issaquah’s hidden history on this easy stroll through the historic downtown. Museum Director Erica Maniez will lead participants on a walk through the history of Issaquah, from the Native Americans who first lived here  up to Issaquah’s growth into a small town, circa 1925.
Saturday, March 13 @ 10 AM

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The Worst Year Ever!
Was 2020 the worst year ever? IHM volunteer and long-time resident Jane Garrison muses over the similarities and differences between the 2020s and the 1920s.

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Issaquah Depot Museum

Issaquah Depot Museum

78 First Avenue NE
Open Saturdays by Appointment
Scheduled to reopen Fri, Sat, Sun, 11-3 on May 29, 2021

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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Gilman Town Hall Museum

165 SE Andrews Street
TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Scheduled to reopen by appointment when King County reaches Phase III.

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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DIGITAL COLLECTIONS ON-LINE

In 2011, we launched a project to digitize our collections and make them available to researchers on-line. Several 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.

  • BOOKS & AUDIO ON ISSAQUAH

    Learn about Issaquah‘s historic past from our wide selection of books on Issaquah History, Logging & Lumber, Railroad, and Local and Regional History.

  • TRAIL MAPS

    Explore Issaquah’s history outdoors with help from our selection of the area’s trail maps.

  • KID’S TOYS, SOUVENIRS, AND BOOKS

    Kids love history and we‘ve got them covered with a fun selection of gifts including, books, wooden train sets and Coast Salish plush animals and more.

A NOTE FROM THE STAFF

By Karen Gath, Programs & Volunteer Coordinator

Land Acknowedgement

At the 2019 annual retreat, board and staff members wrapped up a four month long process of determining our organizational values. The guiding values we adopted together are: Intentionality, Authenticity, Community, Delight. Museum staff have determined that in order to embody these values, we will implement a series of new elements into existing programs. The first of these will be a land acknowledgement statement honoring the indigenous peoples of our area, past and present. Land acknowledgements not only show gratitude to the Coast Salish peoples for the use of their ancestral lands; they also spark discussion and lend mindfulness of what can be done in the future to pay our respect and to compel us toward action.

The Issaquah History Museums staff have drafted our land acknowledgement statement as follows:

We acknowledge that we are on the Indigenous Land of Coast Salish peoples who have reserved treaty rights to this land, specifically the Duwamish (dxʷdəwʔabš) and Snoqualmie Indian Tribes (sdukʷalbixʷ).  We thank these caretakers of this land who have lived, and continue to live, here since time immemorial.

With each use of the land acknowledgement statement, we hope to incorporate our values in the following ways:

Authenticity: Land acknowledgement is a necessary first step in honoring Native communities and combating indigenous erasure. Indigenous Peoples have acknowledged one another’s lands for centuries. For non-Indigenous communities, land acknowledgement is a way of showing respect and honoring the Indigenous Peoples of the land on which we work and live.

Intentionality: Out of respect for the indigenous peoples of our area, the Issaquah History Museums have created a formal land acknowledgement statement which will be spoken before all events, placed prominently on our website, and posted within each of our museums in recognition of the original stewards of the land on which our museums sit.

Community: We have chosen to adopt the practice of land acknowledgement to show gratitude to the Coast Salish peoples for the use of their ancestral lands; to raise awareness and spark mindful discussion about complicated histories that are often suppressed or forgotten, and to compel us forward in our work toward equitable and just practices.

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