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Edmonds Museum names new director

Edmonds Museum names new director

The Edmonds Historical Museum and the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society has named Dr. Peter Bojakowski as the new Museum Director. He takes the helm starting Wednesday, Oct. 1. “We were fortunate to have a fantastic group of applicants,” said Emily Scott, chair of the selection committee. “It was a tough choice, but Peter’s combination of skills and backgrou... »

Looking Back: Gertie Perrin’s Perrinville

Looking Back: Gertie Perrin’s Perrinville

When Carl Perrin returned to their comfortable home in downtown Edmonds and told his wife Gertie they had just become owners of a few acres of land a few miles northeast and they were moving. Gertie’s comeback to him was “If I am moving to the sticks, then I am starting me a town.” True or not—we will never know. Gertie was quite the story teller. However, one thing we can be sure of, Gertie did h... »

Reminder: Edmonds Church of God to celebrate centennial anniversary Aug. 22-24

Reminder: Edmonds Church of God to celebrate centennial anniversary Aug. 22-24

The Edmonds Church of God will be celebrating its centennial with a weekend of events Aug. 22-24. According to a church announcement, the Church of God movement — based in Anderson, Indiana — began in 1881. In the summer of 1914 at the “Tall Timbers” camp meeting in Edmonds (the campgrounds were located at the western foot of 196th Street Southwest at what is now Laurelhurst Park) a gr... »

Happy birthday, Edmonds!

Happy birthday, Edmonds!

It was August 1890. For months there had been talk of incorporating Edmonds as a town, and the time finally seemed ripe to make this happen. It was the culmination of 18 years of growth and development that had seen George Brackett’s logging camp grow into a full-fledged town. An election was called for Aug. 7, so that town residents could decide this issue and vote yes or no on incorporatio... »

Scene in Edmonds: Fond farewell to Tarin Erickson

Scene in Edmonds: Fond farewell to Tarin Erickson

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Tarin Erickson leaving her position as Edmonds Museum director

Tarin Erickson leaving her position as Edmonds Museum director

After three and half years on the job, Tarin Erickson, director of the Edmonds Historical Museum, has announced her resignation. She will be transitioning to a position in Seattle, where she will continue her career in museum and collections management with the U.S. National Park Service. “It’s been such a pleasure to work in Edmonds as museum director,” she said. “The city... »

New self-guided tour takes you through Edmonds ‘Stages of History’

New self-guided tour takes you through Edmonds ‘Stages of History’

Have you seen the new sculpted artistic metal plaques that have been cropping up in downtown Edmonds? The ones that look like theater stages? It’s all part of the “Stages of History” walking tour, the newest addition to the Edmonds Arts Commission’s ongoing Fourth Avenue Cultural Corridor project, and it’s a great way to learn about local history yourself and one more... »

Cemetery’s ‘Walk Back In Time’ features women in Edmonds’ past

Cemetery’s ‘Walk Back In Time’ features women in Edmonds’ past

The Edmonds Cemetery Board’s annual “Walk Back in Time” took place Thursday afternoon with a fresh approach. If you’ve attended the event in past years, you’ve heard about the likes of George Brackett, John Lund and others who have played important roles in Edmonds history. This year’s event, however, focused exclusively on women — pioneers, teachers, busi... »

Celebrate installation of walking tour markers in Edmonds Thursday

Celebrate installation of walking tour markers in Edmonds Thursday

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission invites you to celebrate the installation of 12 new artist-made interpretive markers on Thursday July 17, at 5 p.m. outside of the Edmonds Historical Museum. Created by Seattle artist Judith Caldwell, the sculptural markers are part of a walking tour in downtown Edmonds to celebrate local history and the rich artistic nature of the community. You can meet the ar... »

This Month in Edmonds History: Picnicking in Edmonds

This Month in Edmonds History: Picnicking in Edmonds

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of July, we’ll revisit early picnics in Edmonds. The sun is out, the birds are chirping and the parks are brimming with people. That can only mean one thing—it’s time for a picnic. Picnics are a staple of summertime for many people in the Pacific Northwe... »

This Month in Edmonds History: History goes digital

This Month in Edmonds History: History goes digital

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of June, we’ll visit the digital archives. As part of a grant-funded project last year, the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society and Museum was able to digitize several issues of its historical newspapers. These issues are now live, and avai... »

From the Edmonds Museum: Magic Toyota used to be drinks, dancing refuge during Prohibition

From the Edmonds Museum: Magic Toyota used to be drinks, dancing refuge during Prohibition

In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of Edmonds’ Highway 99 corridor, the Edmonds Historical Museum and local resident Jim Underhill recently embarked on a fact-finding mission. Underhill, a member of the city’s Highway 99 Economic Development Task Force, uncovered some interesting history at the corner of Highway 99 and 220th Street, where Magic Toyota is located today. A Roadhouse, ... »

Sno-Isle Libraries photo project puts region’s history online

Sno-Isle Libraries photo project puts region’s history online

One photo at a time, Sno-Isle Libraries is putting the region’s history online with its Digitize Our Community History Project. With 530 images in its catalog and more added daily, the project is celebrating the end of its first year and inviting new partners. The archive includes photos from the collections of the Snohomish, Edmonds, South Whidbey and Darrington historical societies, as well as t... »

This Month in Edmonds History: Museum receives significant donation

This Month in Edmonds History: Museum receives significant donation

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of April, we’ll revisit the days of Edmonds’ founding. In its 40-year history, the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical and Society and Museum has collected thousands of historic artifacts, documents and photographs. Together, these items tell the s... »

This Month in Edmonds History: A sneak-peek of the Edmonds Museum Building Renovation Project

This Month in Edmonds History: A sneak-peek of the Edmonds Museum Building Renovation Project

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of March, we’ll revisit 1910. This month’s look at Edmonds history is from the front lines of a renovation project for one of Edmonds’ most significant buildings. The Edmonds Historical Museum, located in the city’s original Carnegie Library building, is... »

Edmonds Historical Museum to return to 1910 with renovations this spring

Edmonds Historical Museum to return to 1910 with renovations this spring

The Edmonds Historical Museum continues with the second phase of renovations this spring with plans to return the upper level to its original 1910 layout. The Carnegie Library building (now the museum) opened to the public in 1911 and was used for the library and city offices through 1962. The museum has been occupying the space since 1973. The building still retains many original elements, such a... »

Charles Larsen House joins Edmonds historic register

Charles Larsen House joins Edmonds historic register

The latest addition to the Edmonds Register of Historic Places is — drum roll, please — the Charles Larsen House at 630 Main St. While the exact construction date is unknown, the house appears in an early 1890s photograph taken from the roof of the newly-constructed Edmonds Graded School. Built in 1891, the school provided an excellent panorama of the young city and the adjacent Larsen... »

This Month in Edmonds History: Winter Happenings, circa 1923

This Month in Edmonds History: Winter Happenings, circa 1923

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of December, with winter fast approaching, we’ll revisit the week of Dec. 21,1923. The social and personal happenings of those in Edmonds were also accompanied by many holiday sales at the time, as can be seen below: The Yost Auto company this week deliv... »

2014 Historic Edmonds calendar available while supplies last

2014 Historic Edmonds calendar available while supplies last

The 2014 version of the popular Historic Edmonds Calendar is available now, courtesy of the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission. This year the calendar is free, while supplies last, thanks to a grant received from the State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation. Pick up your calendar in the lobby of City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N., between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; the Edmonds Historical Museum,... »

Edmonds Museum fundraiser draws capacity crowd and highlights ‘Best Scarecrow’ winners

Edmonds Museum fundraiser draws capacity crowd and highlights ‘Best Scarecrow’ winners

Updated with a link to photos of Best Scarecrow winners It was a festive Friday night in Edmonds’ Holy Rosary parish hall as more than 200 guests gathered for an evening of delicious food, music and fun, and to hear speaker Rick Steves. The event was the first Heritage Days Benefit to raise funds for needed building improvements and programs at the Edmonds Historical Museum. Judging from the... »

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