History

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... »

This Month in Edmonds History: Thanksgiving, Circa 1894

This Month in Edmonds History: Thanksgiving, Circa 1894

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 November, we’ll revisit 1894. In November 1894, the Edmonds Lyre newspaper pages were filled with sentiments of thanksgiving. An article titled, “Our People Give Thanks: Not Many Eat Turkey, But Thankful all the Same,” lists the comings-and-goings of ... »

Edmonds’ official flower? History says it’s the dahlia

Edmonds’ official flower? History says it’s the dahlia

On a slow night at home, I grabbed my worn copy of “Edmonds, The Gem of Puget Sound” by Ray Cloud. I picked a page with a turned-down corner, and noted I had written the word ‘Dahlias’ and started to read. Boy, I missed this before but, in 1925, our good citizens voted to select a city flower, and the result was a tie between the rose and the dahlia. The long-standing Floretum Club stepped in and ... »

Time to vote for your favorite Edmonds scarecrow

Time to vote for your favorite Edmonds scarecrow

Scarecrows have been popping up all around Edmonds, and it’s time to pick your favorite. Entries in the Edmonds Museum Scarecrow Festival are now posted on the Museum website. You have until Oct. 31 to vote in each of the three categories: Business In The Bowl, Business Outside the Bowl, and Residential. The contest is being held in conjunction with the museum’s 40th anniversary, and the win... »

Rick Steves to be guest speaker at Nov. 8 fundraising dinner for Edmonds Museum

Rick Steves to be guest speaker at Nov. 8 fundraising dinner for Edmonds Museum

The Edmonds Historical Society and Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary Friday, Nov. 8 with a “Heritage Days” fundraising dinner, featuring Rick Steves, author, television personality and owner of Edmonds-based “Europe Through the Back Door.” Steves will share his perspectives on growing up in Edmonds. The event, which runs from 5-9 p.m., will include a catered buffet dinner; wine and ... »

This Month in Edmonds History: North Trunk Road

This Month in Edmonds History: North Trunk Road

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 October, we’ll revisit 1927. After a long summer of road work, October is the month when many construction projects come to a close. And so it was in 1927, when the newly paved Pacific Highway from the King County line to Everett opened on Oct. 9. Cle... »

Scene in Edmonds: Win a fire truck!

Scene in Edmonds: Win a fire truck!

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