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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 ... »

Looking Back in Edmonds: The Walking Lady — Martha Kraencke

Looking Back in Edmonds: The Walking Lady — Martha Kraencke

There is no doubt that each city has its colorful characters. However, you will have to go far to find one more intriguing than Martha Kraencke, the walking lady of Edmonds. Martha was not just different; she had an aura of mystery about her. You could tell she must have been beautiful in her young years, and she had the quality of having had riches and importance. So, what was she doing walking t... »

Scene in Edmonds: Scarecrows around town

Scene in Edmonds: Scarecrows around town

Artfully Edmonds columnist Emily Hill took her camera around Edmonds Thursday to catch a sample of the first batch of scarecrows entered in the Second Annual Edmonds Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Edmonds Museum. If you want to visit, the first group is located as follows: 1) Chanterelle Restaurant – 316 Main 2) City of Edmonds Public Works – 2105 72nd Ave 3) Insurance Services G... »

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... »

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