Reporting on the Mount St. Helens eruption 40 years ago

In Edmonds that Sunday morning 40 years ago, my wife Sonja and I almost slept through the instant that Mount St. Helens blew its top at 8:32 a.m. May 18, 1980. Almost. But, a “pop,” a thump, as if someone had dropped a big garbage bin, woke us for a moment. We dozed off. Minutes…

Edmonds Historical Museum still accepting COVID-19 survey responses

The Edmonds Historical Museum is still gathering responses to its COVID-19 survey, which will provide information for the historic record. Businesses and individuals can find the survey here: https://bit.ly/2ydLnnx “Since we began collecting responses last month, over a 100 people have shared stories on how COVID-19 has affected their everyday lives,” said Katie Kelly, Museum…

Help the Edmonds Historical Museum record the pandemic in Edmonds

The Edmonds Historical Museum is starting a three-phase initiative in order to capture the experiences of Edmonds and South Snohomish County people during the COVID19 pandemic. This is a critical moment in our history, and the museum is committed to documenting how the virus has, and is, affecting residents in our community, at home and…

Looking for a project you can do at home? Call an older relative for family history

Here’s a potential “win/win” for those who are staying home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Edmonds resident Maggie Fimia suggests connecting via phone with your older relatives, who may have an abundance of stories and information about your family. “I recommend giving them a call — starting with the oldest — and getting them talking about…

Sno-Isle Genealogical Research Library closed until April 25

The Lynnwood-based Sno-Isle Genealogical Research Library at Heritage Park is closed until April 25 due to COVID-19 concerns. General genealogical information or any queries may be emailed to info@snoislegen.org and they will be answered in a timely manner. “The staff will miss the patrons and look forward to helping them with their family research in…

Looking Back: Salish Crossing and the historic Edmonds High School portico

I was in Hawaii on vacation from the cold weather and snow of Anchorage, Alaska, and returned on March 5 to read from an earlier publication of My Edmonds News about the controversial decision by the Edmonds City Council to deny funding for an informational panel for the historic Edmonds High School portico, now located…

Museum exhibit to celebrate 50 years of the Edmonds Underwater Park

Opening Feb. 1, Edmonds Historical Museum’s new exhibit “The Perfect Dive” celebrates 50 years of the Edmonds Underwater Park. Established at Brackett’s Landing by city ordinance as a Marine Preserve and Sanctuary in 1970, the Edmonds Underwater Park is the most popular park in Washington’s underwater park system — attracting over 25,000 divers each year….

Sunday: South Snohomish County Old Settlers Picnic at Edmonds City Park

Whether you actually have old-time roots in South Snohomish County or you have become an old settler in your heart, everyone is welcome to the 120th annual South Snohomish County Old Settlers Picnic Aug. 11 at Edmonds City Park, 600 3rd Ave. S. The event will run from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kitchen #2 at…

Reminder: Free beginning genealogy class in Lynnwood July 6

A free beginning genealogy class will be offered this Saturday, July 6, at the Sno-Isle Genealogy Research Library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood. The one-hour drop-in class starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 425-775-6267 on Tuesday or Thursday.  The library will be open on July 4th if you are visiting the park. Also,…

‘Post or Parcel’ new exhibit at Edmonds Historical Museum

The Edmonds Historical Museum presents a new temporary exhibit, “Post or Parcel: The History of the United States Postal System,” running through Oct. 6, 2019. From the Pony Express to Air Mail, see how transportation methods and technological advances changed the way mail was delivered in the United States and worldwide, and discover how local…

On video: Meet and greet with historian Betty Gaeng

The Lynnwood-Alderwood Manor Heritage Association on March 23 sponsored a meet and greet with local historian Betty Gaeng, columnist for Lynnwood Today, My Edmonds News and MLTnews. Gaeng, age 92, is moving to Alaska after spending years documenting the history of Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. You can read more in our earlier story.  

As Lynnwood nears its 60th anniversary, city historian Betty Gaeng says farewell

As the City of Lynnwood prepares to turn 60 years old, the Lynnwood-Alderwood Manor Heritage Association (LAMHA) Saturday presented a program looking back on the city’s history — and also featured a meet and greet with local historian Betty Gaeng, columnist for Lynnwood Today, My Edmonds News and MLTnews. Presented by LAMHA President Cheri Ryan, “Looking…

New museum exhibit highlights history of Edmonds Fire Department

A new exhibit highlighting the 105-year history of the Edmonds Fire Department is now open for viewing at the Edmonds Historical Museum in Downtown Edmonds. FIRE! Bucket Brigades, Calamity & Conflagration illustrates the department’s beginnings, from its bucket brigade to its long-term agreement with Snohomish County Fire District No. 1 in 2010. Displayed items include…

Reminder: Pacific NW weather history focus of Feb. 7 presentation

Sno-King School Retirees and Humanities Washington invite the community to “Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State,” a conversation with Feliks Banel, a member of the 2019-2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. This free event takes place Thursday Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at Edmonds School District Educational Service Center, 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Banel’s presentation…

Historic Edmonds 2019 wall calendars now available

The Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission’s 2019 Historic Edmonds wall calendars are now available for pickup in the Edmonds City Hall Lobby, the Log Cabin, the Edmonds Historical Museum and the Chamber of Commerce office. The theme of this year’s calendar is transportation. It includes information and vintage photos tracing the history of transportation in Edmonds, from…

Reminder: State Veterans Affairs Director to speak at Edmonds Museum Jan. 10

Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos, Director of Washington State Veterans Affairs, will discuss how her office assists military veterans during a presentation at the Edmonds Historical Museum from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Alvarado-Ramos will address help for veterans experiencing homelessness, suicide prevention and employment, among other transitioning issues. Her free talk is part of the…

2018 Edmonds Historic Calendars now available

Now available for free, until they are gone: The 2018 Edmonds Historic Calendar, produced by the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission. You can pick up a copy at Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N., or at the Edmonds Historical Museum, 118 5th Ave. N.

Northwest Veterans Museum now open in nearby Lynnwood

The Northwest Veterans Museum is now open at Heritage Park in Lynnwood. The museum held its grand opening ceremony on Saturday, May 6. Representatives from several veterans organizations, families of veterans, as well as city and elected officials were in attendance. Mayor Nicola Smith said she got the idea for bringing the Northwest Veterans Museum…

Reminder: Library of Congress training for oral history volunteers March 11

Library of Congress training for volunteers interested in conducting oral history interviews of Edmonds residents has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11 at the Edmonds Historical Museum. According to project coordinator Sara Jane Ruggles, the Edmonds Museum is working with the Library of Congress’ Veteran’s History Project to train volunteers interested in collecting…

Museum exhibit explores revitalization of local Native food traditions

Now through July 3, the Edmonds Historical Museum presents a traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum, “Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound.” Focusing on the revival of traditional Native foods, Salish Bounty is co-curated by Burke Museum archaeologists and Coast Salish advisors. Salish Bounty—comprised of historic images including photographs and maps, and…

Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission to hold special meeting on Schumacher building

The Historic Preservation Commission will hold a special public meeting Thursday, Sept. 17 to discuss a Certificate of Appropriateness for window replacement for the Schumacher building located at 316 Main St., or removal of the property from the Edmonds Register of Historic Places. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall…