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.
“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.
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.
Earling also acknowledged the presence of former Edmonds Mayor Laura Hall, who earlier in the afternoon had taken her turn ringing the 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.