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Collecting History, Connecting Community
Want to help us continue to preserve and tell Issaquah’s stories—including yours? CLICK HERE to donate to our t 2021 Annual Fund today!

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Issaquah History Museum Collections
Through our digital collections site, you can access contents of our photo files, letter collections, important documents, and oral histories.

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Issaquah Depot Museum to Reopen for Summer 2021!
Join us for a timed entry visit at the Issaquah Depot Museum this summer! Click here for details.

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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
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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Tapestry of Tales: A Night of Giving

Online: October 20th, 2021

The staff and board of the Issaquah History Museums are excited to host this virtual fundraising event in honor of Issaquah’s storytellers and our (the community’s) growing oral history collection. Admission is free! Look forward to a short but sweet program, including:

  • Remarks from Issaquah’s Mayor, Mary Lou Pauly.
  • A video presentation comprised of some of our favorite quotes from recent oral history interviews, including a professional boxer from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who is considered to be Issaquah’s adopted son; a man who said goodbye to his forever-bride; and a counselor/coach who responded to direct racism with radical love and forgiveness.
  • “Raise the Paddle” segment.
  • Learning more about the lives of Issaquahns past and present!


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.


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


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


    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.


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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