The school bell that first called children to class in the 1890s returned to the Edmonds Historical Museum Wednesday, taking its place as a centerpiece of the soon-to-be-completed Museum Plaza. The bell was installed in its new bell tower Wednesday, just in time to be seen by visitors on opening day of the Edmonds Summer Market, this Saturday June 20.
This year market-goers will get a first-hand look at the new Museum Plaza as it nears completion, and will have the special opportunity to “leave their mark” on the plaza in a visible, permanent and very personal way.
The museum is offering everyone the chance to purchase personalized engraved paving tiles for the Plaza patio. These tiles will stand as an enduring memorial, and are the perfect way to honor a parent, graduate, friend, mentor or even yourself, or to commemorate births, weddings and other special events. Tiles come in a several sizes, colors and prices. Information on how to purchase them is available at the museum during regular hours, at the museum table on market days, at the museum website or by calling 425-774-0900.
“We’ve timed our plaza construction to have Edmonds’ original school bell back in place for the opening of this year’s Edmonds Summer Market,” said Museum Board President Bill Lambert. “And we’re particularly proud that we can offer everyone the opportunity to be a permanent part of this new public space by adding their name or message on a personalized engraved paving tile.”
The formal plaza dedication will take place during the gala Aug. 11 celebration of Edmonds’ 125th anniversary planned for downtown Edmonds.
The museum is located in Edmonds’ historic 1910 Carnegie Library at 118 Fifth Avenue North. It is open year-round between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but opens early on market days. Suggested donation in lieu of an admission fee is $5 for adults, and $2 for students.