History

Now on video: Interview with former Edmonds Parks Board member Bill Phillips, and his work to put parks on waterfront

Now on video: Interview with former Edmonds Parks Board member Bill Phillips, and his work to put parks on waterfront

In April 2015, former Edmonds Parks Board member Bill Phillips led a group of more than a dozen interested citizens on a tour of Edmonds’ waterfront parks, a legacy he played a key role in shaping during his 20 years on the Parks Board during the 1960s and ’70s. While reporter Larry Vogel wrote a story about that tour here, My Edmonds News wanted to capture the 92-year-old Phillips’ recollec... »

Scene in Edmonds: Cemetery history lesson

Scene in Edmonds: Cemetery history lesson

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What’s that structure at Salish Crossing?

What’s that structure at Salish Crossing?

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Sno-Isle Geneaological Society book reading set for June 28

Sno-Isle Genealogical Society will presents a book reading on Sunday, June 28, at 1 p.m., by member/author Gisela Wicks on “Born into Hitler’s War.” This memoir is the story of Wicks’ childhood and teen years having to live with a spiteful stepmother, surviving the hardship of World War II, fearing the Russian fronts, fleeing from them and the bombings, and ending with the ... »

1890s school bell returns to Edmonds Museum Plaza

1890s school bell returns to Edmonds Museum Plaza

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 l... »

‘Snapshots in Time’ at Edmonds Historical Museum shows same image, years apart

‘Snapshots in Time’ at Edmonds Historical Museum shows same image, years apart

Ever wonder how your favorite “Edmonds kind of place” looked 25, 50 or even 100 years ago? Take a walk through “Snapshots in Time,” the latest exhibit at the Edmonds Historical Museum, and you may just find out. Created with the help of local photographer Bob Sears, the exhibit pulls together interesting photos from the Museum archives and compares them with present-day ima... »

Scene in Edmonds: Plaque presented to Schumacher Building

Scene in Edmonds: Plaque presented to Schumacher Building

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Historic Schumacher Building to join Edmonds Register of Historic Places

Historic Schumacher Building to join Edmonds Register of Historic Places

The Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) as announced the newest addition to the Edmonds Register of Historic Places: the Schumacher Building at 316 Main Street, which now houses Chanterelle bistro. A plaque ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. June 2 outside of Chanterelle, with Edmonds Mayor David Earling, HPC commissioners, and local business owners participating in the official unveiling... »

Reminder: Edmonds Museum sponsoring Edmonds history essay contest for fourth graders

Reminder: Edmonds Museum sponsoring Edmonds history essay contest for fourth graders

The Edmonds Historical Museum is sponsoring an essay contest open to all fourth graders who live in and/or attend public or private school in Edmonds, or who are home-schooled at a comparable grade level. This contest is being held in conjunction with the City of Edmonds 125th Anniversary, which is being formally celebrated on Aug. 11, 2015 in downtown Edmonds. The topic is: What were the three mo... »

Looking Back: Reuben Hunter and an early-day mystery

Looking Back: Reuben Hunter and an early-day mystery

Over 70 years before there was a City of Lynnwood, and even before Alderwood Manor, a few pioneer families were living on land that is now part of Lynnwood. They were the homesteaders, and three of the most well-remembered family names were Hunter, Breed and Morrice. Without a doubt, the most interesting of these was the Hunter family: Duncan, a Scotsman; his wife Jennie; and their four sons, Will... »

Looking Back: 50 years ago — February 1965

Looking Back: 50 years ago — February 1965

Fifty years ago this month on Feb. 3, one of the major events taking place was the opening of Interstate 5 from Seattle to Everett. Two o’clock ceremonies at the Northeast 145th Street Interchange in Seattle included the U.S. color guard from Fort Lawton and the Queen Anne high school band. Following was an address by Gov. Dan Evans, and then Miss Rose Clare Menalo, a senior at Meadowdale High Sch... »

Go back to school with new exhibit at the Edmonds Historical Museum

Go back to school with new exhibit at the Edmonds Historical Museum

Remember the old schoolhouse desks where your seat was connected to the desk of the student behind you? How about when Edmonds High and Woodway High were two different schools? Ever attend a one-room schoolhouse? See and learn about all this and more at “Washington Schoolhouses,” the new exhibit at the Edmonds Historical Museum. Beginning with the mid-19th century roots of public education in Wash... »

Edmonds Museum storage is history — can you help?

The Edmonds Historical Museum and the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society need your help! Thanks to generous donations from citizens and businesses over the years, the Society has added many family treasures and community artifacts to the Museum collection. While some of these are on permanent display, most are kept in storage and brought out for special exhibits like the recent R... »

Looking Back: A joining of the past and the electronic age

Looking Back: A joining of the past and the electronic age

For many people, microfilm and microfiche may appear too antiquated to even bother with anymore. Especially, since it may seem as if everything that is important from the past in the way of books and other written material has now been digitized and is available to all. However, if you are a historian, a writer, or working on a term paper, you have probably discovered that many of our old newspape... »

Looking Back: The 1870 federal census and yet another genealogy pitfall

Looking Back: The 1870 federal census and yet another genealogy pitfall

A very puzzling roadblock came to light with the 1870 decennial federal census when I was gathering information while writing the book Chirouse, I could find no listing for Tulalip in Snohomish County. At this same time, I was also researching the history of the pioneering Spithill family. I ran into the identical problem in both cases. None of these people were shown in the Snohomish County censu... »

Looking Back: Genealogy and booby traps

Looking Back: Genealogy and booby traps

In 1790 the first decennial United States federal census had its beginnings with a simple purpose—to count people. The main objective was to determine the number of representatives to Congress from each state. The framers of the Constitution did not have genealogy in mind when they called for the enumeration of residents of this new country. However, despite its original purpose the census has bec... »

2015 Historic Edmonds calendars now available

2015 Historic Edmonds calendars now available

The City of Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission is proud to announce the release of the 2015 Historic Edmonds Calendar. This high quality, 12-month calendar depicts important events, places, and people from Edmonds’ past and is free to the public while supplies last. The historic photographs were provided by the Edmonds Historical Museum. Calendar layout and graphics were created by And... »

Looking Back: My father Walter Deebach and WWI

Looking Back: My father Walter Deebach and WWI

While attending the very impressive Veterans Day ceremony held by Lynnwood Post 1040, Veterans of Foreign Wars, on Nov. 11, I could not help but remember my father and how much his service in the military during WWI had impacted his life. Within a few months of our move to Alderwood Manor in 1933, my father, Walter A. Deebach Sr., became the commander of Alderwood Manor Post 90 of the American Leg... »

A look back in Edmonds: Larry Strickland and terror at the Pentagon

A look back in Edmonds: Larry Strickland and terror at the Pentagon

The ending of WWI in 1918 held out the hope that it would be the war that would end all wars and lead to peace. On that note, in 1919 Armistice Day was established to be observed annually on the 11th day of November at the 11th hour; to coincide with the ending of the war. Since that time, 95 years ago, the world has instead become much more dangerous. Armistice Day is now known as Veterans Day in... »

Looking back in Edmonds: What happened to Edmonds’ former Veterans Memorial?

Looking back in Edmonds: What happened to Edmonds’ former Veterans Memorial?

A short time before he died last year, my brother Tom Deebach, a former Eagle Scout with Edmonds Boy Scout Troop 339, asked me if I knew what had happened to the flagpole and the veterans’ memorial plaque which the Boy Scouts had given to the City of Edmonds. His query brought back the memory of that gift to the city in 1948. Up until that time, the Edmonds seemed to have had no memorial to honor ... »

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