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…

125th Anniversary museum time capsule dedicated, with Edmonds items inside

The Edmonds Historical Museum on Saturday officially dedicated a time capsule to be opened in 2040 as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the founding of Edmonds. The capsule will be placed at the base of the bell tower in the new Edmonds Museum Plaza at 118 Fifth Ave. N. Earlier this year, the…

From HistoryLink.org: Edmonds incorporates on August 14, 1890

This essay was posted in HistoryLink.org on Friday: On August 14, 1890, Edmonds, Washington, becomes incorporated when Washington Secretary of State Allen Weir files the order creating it as a fourth-class town. The process leading toward this result had begun months earlier and included action by local citizens, Snohomish County commissioners, a local election, and even,…

Edmonds Museum 125th Anniversary Essay contest winner: Maura Canney, 1st place

Earlier this year, the Edmonds Historical Museum launched an essay contest open to all fourth graders who live and/or attend public or private school in Edmonds, or who are home-schooled at a comparable grade level. This contest was held in conjunction with the City of Edmonds 125th Anniversary, which is being formally celebrated this Tuesday,…

Edmonds Museum celebrates refurbished south plaza

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’…

Edmonds Museum 125th Anniversary essay contest winner: 2nd place, Jessie Tong

Earlier this year, the Edmonds Historical Museum launched an essay contest open to all fourth graders who live and/or attend public or private school in Edmonds, or who are home-schooled at a comparable grade level. This contest was held in conjunction with the City of Edmonds 125th Anniversary, which is being formally celebrated this Tuesday,…

Edmonds Museum 125th Anniversary essay contest winner: 3rd place, Peyson Smith

Earlier this year, the Edmonds Historical Museum launched an essay contest open to all fourth graders who live and/or attend public or private school in Edmonds, or who are home-schooled at a comparable grade level. This contest was held in conjunction with the City of Edmonds 125th Anniversary, which is being formally celebrated this Tuesday,…

Scene in Edmonds: History tour

My Edmonds News photographer Larry Vogel found himself on the opposite end of the camera lens Thursday morning as we sent intern Olivia Fuller to capture an Edmonds history walk that Vogel led for the Edmonds Senior Center — just in time for the 125th anniversary celebration of the city’s founding.

Public invited to presentation on city’s historic properties Aug. 13

The public is invited to a slide show and presentation on recently surveyed historic properties in Edmonds, featuring a number of “Mid‐Century Modern” homes from the post‐World War II period. The presentation will occur during a meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m.  in the third floor Brackett Room…