Edmonds Museum celebrates refurbished south plaza

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Visitors celebrate the new Edmonds Museum Plaza South Plaza unveiling. (Photos by Larry Vogel)
Visitors celebrate the new Edmonds Museum Plaza south plaza unveiling. (Photos by Larry Vogel)

The Edmonds Historical Museum officially celebrated both its new south plaza area and its latest exhibit — Essence of Edmonds — Sunday afternoon, with a reception that included music from the Jazz Pearls, a few tugs on the newly refurbished 1890s-era Edmonds School Bell, speeches and a visit by the adult delegation visiting from Edmonds’ Sister City — Hekinan, Japan.

Museum Board President Bill Lambert with members of the adult delegation visiting from Edmonds' Sister City of Hekinan.
Museum Board President Bill Lambert, second from left, with members of the adult delegation visiting from Edmonds’ Sister City of Hekinan.

“This has been a labor of love over the past year, to create for the citizens of Edmonds an historical plaza,” Museum Board President Bill Lambert said in welcoming remarks.

A Hekinan representative greets former Mayor Laura Hall.
A Hekinan representative greets former Mayor Laura Hall.

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling called the unveiling ” a really a special day and a fabulous way to kick off a special week, noting that Tuesday is the city’s125th anniversary celebration. “This kind of opens the door for all of us to learn more about the City of Edmonds and its history,” he said.

Museum Director Caitlin Kelley with University of Washington graduate students and their professor, Wilson O'Donnell, left.
Museum Director Caitlin Kelley with University of Washington Department of Museology Director Wilson O’Donnell, left, and his graduate students.

Earling also acknowledged the presence of former Edmonds Mayor Laura Hall, who earlier in the afternoon had taken her turn ringing theĀ  school bell that now graces the renovated plaza area. Earling noted that Hall will join other former mayors during the 125th anniversary celebration Tuesday.

Lambert then introduced to attendees newly appointed Museum Director Caitlin Kelley, who has served as the museum’s collections manager since 2009. “I am very passionate about Edmonds history and history in general, so this has been a great opportunity that I’m looking forward to,” Kelley said.

Kelley in turn introduced and thanked the University of Washington graduate students responsible for the curation and installation of the new Essence of Edmonds exhibit — along with their professor, Wilson O’Donnell, head of the UW Department of Museology.

O’Donnell said the project was first exhibit design the department had undertaken, and because of its success he expects the two organizations to work together in the future.

“We’re really looking forward to strengthening the partnership and we see Edmonds as a historical organization on the rise,” O’Donnell said.

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling with Hekinan delegates.
Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling with Hekinan delegates.
The Jazz Pearls provided the afternoon's entertainment.
The Jazz Pearls provided the afternoon’s entertainment.

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