1890s school bell returns to Edmonds Museum Plaza

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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.”

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The first shipment of engraved tiles has already arrived, but there are still plenty available for purchase. (Photos by Larry Vogel)

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.

The original 1890's Edmonds School Bell arrived back in town after 2 weeks of R and R at the Meadowgate Steel Shop in Stanwood.  Years of rust and corrosion have been rubbed down with oil, to give the bell a deep patina.  See photos of the bell removal here.
The original 1890s Edmonds School Bell arrived back in town after 2 weeks of R and R at the MeadowWorks steel shop in Stanwood. Years of rust and corrosion have been rubbed down with oil, to give the bell a deep patina. See photos of the bell removal here.
Crews from Wilcox Construction of Edmonds move the new bell tower into position in the new Edmonds Museum Plaza.  The new steel tower weighs five tons, and replaces the old wooden and concrete structure made of railroad ties and jersey barriers.
Crews from Wilcox Construction of Edmonds move the new bell tower into position in the new Edmonds Museum Plaza. The new steel tower weighs five tons, and replaces the old wooden and concrete structure made of railroad ties and jersey barriers.
Wilcox Construction crews position the tower on its base at the south end of the new Museum Plaza.
Wilcox Construction crews position the tower on its base at the south end of the new Museum Plaza.
Crews attach the bell to the new tower.
Crews attach the bell to the new tower.
Plaza designer Clayton Moss places the filial on the top of the new bell tower.
Plaza designer Clayton Moss places the filial on the top of the new bell tower.
Standing in front of the new bell tower are Neil Harrigan of Wilcox Construction; John Osberg, whose generosity made the bell tower possible; project designer Clayton Moss and Mark Schrader of Wilcox Construction.
Standing in front of the new bell tower are Neil Harrigan of MeadowWorks steel fabricators; John Osberg, whose generosity made the bell tower possible; project designer Clayton Moss and Mark Schrader of MeadowWorks.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Very Very Nice! I was wondering about the Bell.
    The new plaza looks great! The personalized bricks are a super idea.

  2. Heard the sound of the bell as it was being installed yesterday while I was volunteering at the Fabric of Life. What a wonderful sound.

  3. What a wonderful addition to our beautiful little town. Can’t wait to purchase a brick and see the finished space.

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