Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society elects new board members, president

The Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society has elected three members to its board of directors and a new president. Newly elected Board President Barbara Fahey and board members Thomas Mesaros, Emily Scott and Dave Teitzel were sworn in during the society’s March Annual Meeting. Mesaros has been working in the nonprofit sector since 1975 and…

You’re invited to Edmonds Historical Museum annual meeting March 1

Join the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society and the Edmonds Historical Museum virtually Monday March 1, at 4 p.m. for the organization’s annual meeting. Edmonds Historical Museum Director Katie Kelly and the society’s board of directors will reflect on 2020 and what is in store for 2021. A link to the meeting will be sent…

CoronaCoaster local video series now live; volunteers welcome for new episodes

The first five episodes of CoronaCoaster — a community video project aimed at capturing local experiences of living through the ups and downs of the coronavirus pandemic — are now live for public viewing. CoronaCoaster randomly pairs intergenerational teams of two “co-stars” to share their individual stories in 10-minute Zoom episodes. The co-stars decide what…

Scene in Edmonds: Salish Sea Brewing donates to Edmonds Museum

In what has become an annual tradition, Edmonds’ Salish Sea Brewing donated a check matching — and slightly exceeding, by $2 — the Edmonds Uplift Society’s $500 donation to the Edmonds Historical Museum. The Uplift Society usually donates its money in connection with the New Year’s Day Polar Plunge at Brackett’s Landing, but made a…

Waterfront Center to host ‘Edmonds From the Beginning’ virtual series starting Jan. 13

The new Edmonds Waterfront Center announced Monday it will begin hosting The Waterfront Forum, consisting of presentations by local experts, starting with Edmonds From the Beginning, a 3-part free Zoom series that launches Jan. 13. The Waterfront Center sits on the location where neighboring Indigenous peoples found natural resources to facilitate and complement their lives. From initial…

Edmonds Historical Museum unveils new website

With the goal of better engaging visitors and educating the community about the work that it does, the Edmonds Historical Museum recently launched a new website design at historicedmonds.org. The website redesign, which features a sleek look, up-to-date content, and easy navigation and user experience, was coordinated by Edmonds-based marketing communications firm Kaufer DMC. A…

Getting the city’s Christmas tree in 1932

(Edited with the correct date.) The Edmonds Historical Museum shared this video on Facebook Thursday that proves many of Edmonds’ holiday events are steeped in tradition and history. “Take a journey back to Edmonds 1932, and discover how much effort and determination it took to get our popular holiday tree up and lit,” the museum…

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…