Oral Histories


In 2006, we launched a project to record and transcribe oral histories with more than twenty-five community members. At the end of the project, after staff members had an opportunity to review the transcripts, we realized the value of the information we’d gathered. We’re thrilled to begin sharing the contents of our oral history collection! There is a wealth of interesting stories and memories within the oral history collection  – each oral history transcript contains dozens of pages of memories about a variety of people and topics.


Bob Gray and the Church Without a Church

Bob Gray, who passed away on May 31, 2020, was a remarkable man whose work withe the Pine Lake Presbyterian Church gave us the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and Issaquah Community Services.

Beryl Baxter

Beryl Baxter

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Hazel Hircko and Dorothy Hailstone Beale

Dorothy Hailstone Beale

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Delores Kinnune Busby

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Camilla Berg

Camilla Berg Erickson

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Bill Evans

Bill Evans

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Burke Mercantile

Eleanor Burke Harrell

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Lee Roy Hepler

Lee Roy Hepler

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Emery Cobourn Hill

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St. Joseph Catholic Church

John Hircko

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Clark Elementary Staff 1966

Eleanor Wicklund Hope

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Jake Jones Jr.

Jake Jones Jr.

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James Lewis Jr.

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Mary E. Lewis

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Mary Colton Lucus

Mary Colton Lucas

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Irja Maunus

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Ernie Neuman

Ernie Neuman

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A. J. Peters

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Josephine Cornick Ross

Josephine Cornick Ross

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Waler Seil

Walter Seil

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