Statehood traveling exhibit now at Edmonds Historical Museum

In fall 1888 the entire Roscoe family traveled west from and settled in Edmonds. Around 1889 they built the house at 133 4th Avenue North, which still stands today. The Roscoe family was very involved in community and political development in Edmonds. In this photo, the Roscoe family children, in 1888: back row — Rae, Edwin, C.T. Jr., Mabel, Reuben; front row — Emma, Frank, Lavinia, Minnie. (Photo courtesy Edmonds Historical Museum)

“Washington 1889: Blazes, Rails and the Year of Statehood,” a traveling exhibit developed by Legacy Washington, is now showing at the Edmonds Historical Museum through Jan. 12, 2020.

A year of big dreams, big burns and big politics, 1889 captured a place in our history as a time of great prosperity and adversity. The face of Washington changed. Pioneers settled the land and townsfolk rebuilt from the rubble. Finally, on Nov. 11, 1889, Washington rose as the 42nd state in the Union.

After more than 35 years as a territory, statehood is finally within reach. The year 1889 is filled with good fortune and strife. Come learn about people and events which shaped Washington’s early years as a state, including people and events in Edmonds.

The Edmonds Historical Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday 1-4 p.m. The museum is located in Edmonds’ historic 1910 Carnegie Library at 118 5th Ave. N. Suggested donation in lieu of an admission fee is $5 for adults, and $2 for students.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *