Issaquah History Museums’ board and staff members pledge to:
- We strive to create and nurture relationships with all of our staff, volunteers, board members, and visitors that are real, genuine, and convey our interest in their lives and experiences.
- We present history as it is, with what we have, regardless of public perception. We will work to fill in the gaps where they exist and recognize that one experience can vastly differ from another.
- We acknowledge our limitations personally, and as an organization, and we move towards growth.
- We are transparent and honest to the best of our ability and consciously work towards establishing trust with our community.
Represent our Community
- We are working to develop community partnerships and to “show up” to support other organizations.
- We regularly recognize the commitment and dedication of our volunteers, not only at our annual Volunteer Awards Night, but in our ongoing relationships.
- At community events we engage with people and families in order to learn how we can better serve them and share their history.
- We recognize that not only can our community learn from what we offer, but we can learn from their experiences.
- We try to avoid the trap of “that’s how it’s always been done” by re-evaluating programs, processes, and events often.
- We take the time needed to assess a problem and avoid impulsive decisions.
- Potential collection accessions are dutifully considered as to whether they meet our criteria for intake.
- We seek to be held accountable by our community in all ways.
- We take pride in the experience of visitors to our museum so that they are continuously engaged and met in their expectations and enjoyment.
- We draw on our own interests and enthusiasm when working with each other and with our community.
- We recognize when a different voice may better share a story or experience other than our own.
- We share our history with our community in as many ways, and through as many formats, as we can, both in-person and virtual.
Statement of Anti-Racism
June 8, 2020
Throughout the nation, museums of all sizes have come forward in recent days to remind their communities that museums are not neutral. The board and staff of the Issaquah History Museums (IHM) join other Americans and fellow Issaquahns in condemning and rejecting violence against Black Americans at the hands of police and citizens alike. We stand in solidarity against racism and pledge to intentionally seek out ways to be part of the solution.
As the trusted caretakers of Issaquah’s history, we know there is much more work we can do to be truly anti-racist. We pledge to create inclusive programming and to lift up marginalized voices, whose stories deserve to be shared, preserved, and respected. In the next three months, we will lay out concrete actions we intend to take.
We are committed to presenting the authentic history of Issaquah, which means that we tell the historical truth about Issaquah’s past, even when parts of that past are reprehensible. If we are selective about the history we present, we ignore the truth of who we have been. We will represent the history of all people in the Issaquah community.
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