This Month in Edmonds History: Thanksgiving, Circa 1894

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of November, we’ll revisit 1894. In November 1894, the Edmonds Lyre newspaper pages were filled with sentiments of thanksgiving. An article titled, “Our People Give Thanks: Not Many Eat Turkey,…

Edmonds’ official flower? History says it’s the dahlia

On a slow night at home, I grabbed my worn copy of “Edmonds, The Gem of Puget Sound” by Ray Cloud. I picked a page with a turned-down corner, and noted I had written the word ‘Dahlias’ and started to read. Boy, I missed this before but, in 1925, our good citizens voted to select…

Time to vote for your favorite Edmonds scarecrow

Scarecrows have been popping up all around Edmonds, and it’s time to pick your favorite. Entries in the Edmonds Museum Scarecrow Festival are now posted on the Museum website. You have until Oct. 31 to vote in each of the three categories: Business In The Bowl, Business Outside the Bowl, and Residential. The contest is…

Rick Steves to be guest speaker at Nov. 8 fundraising dinner for Edmonds Museum

The Edmonds Historical Society and Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary Friday, Nov. 8 with a “Heritage Days” fundraising dinner, featuring Rick Steves, author, television personality and owner of Edmonds-based “Europe Through the Back Door.” Steves will share his perspectives on growing up in Edmonds. The event, which runs from 5-9 p.m., will include a…

This Month in Edmonds History: North Trunk Road

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of October, we’ll revisit 1927. After a long summer of road work, October is the month when many construction projects come to a close. And so it was in 1927,…

George Brackett returns to Edmonds

Edmonds founder George Brackett dropped in for visit to the town he founded, putting in an appearance at the Saturday, Aug. 3 Edmonds Saturday Market to help commemorate the Museum’s 40th anniversary. Speaking from the steps of the old Carnegie Library (now the Edmonds Museum) Brackett regaled the crowd with stories of how he came…

This Month in Edmonds History: Edmonds Historical Museum opens its doors

                My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of August, we’ll revisit 1973.     On Friday, Aug. 3, 1973, the Edmonds South Snohomish County Historical Society opened the doors to…

George Who?

Who is that man on the steps of the Historical Museum? His clothes are old fashioned and out of style, but he does look kind of familiar  I know! It is George Brackett, the founder of Edmonds. No, it looks more like John Hartquist from the Driftwood Players. Who is that guy? It is John…

Ghosts of Edmonds pioneers rise again at annual Walk Back in Time event Thursday

Each year on the third Thursday in July, the ghosts of Edmonds pioneers rise from their graves for the annual Walk Back in Time event sponsored by the Edmonds Cemetery Board. Board members dressed in period costume led visitors through the cemetery grounds where ghosts of Edmonds pioneers regaled the crowd with stories about their…

Life on 99: Where was The Ranch Roadhouse?

Here’s another of our occasional profiles featuring interesting businesses and people found on Highway 99 in Edmonds: By Jim Underhill Our Edmonds history really does take us all around the town — from the waterfront, up the hills to places called Holmes Corner, Seaview, Firdale Village and Lake Ballinger. Neighborhoods with their own stories, that…

Edmonds Historical Museum reopens May 4 with new exhibits for the summer

After a month of remodeling and new exhibit installation, the Edmonds Historical Museum will reopen Saturday, May 4, with its main exhibition on display upstairs. “Growing Season: Farming in Snohomish County” will be on display the entire market season, from May 4 through Oct. 5. The exhibit celebrates Snohomish County’s rich agricultural history, and features…

End of an era as Edmonds fire safety foundation turns over assets to Historical Society

Members of the Edmonds Fire Safety Foundation and Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society made it official Saturday morning: The Historical Society, which operates the Edmonds Historical Museum on 5th Avenue North, will now be responsible for ensuring that Edmonds’ firefighting  history is preserved — including a vintage 1938 Ford Fire Engine now stored at Fire…

This Month in Edmonds History: Valentines Day

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of February, we’ll revisit Valentines Day through a few vintage cards donated to the museum.

Shop local at Edmonds Historical Museum

If you’re looking for a unique last-minute holiday gift, the Edmonds Historical Museum gift shop is the place for you. The museum’s gift shop is stocked with framed historic photographs, unique stocking stuffers, locally made Edmonds onesies, and plenty of 2013 Historic Edmonds calendars.  Wrap these presents up with Edmonds wrapping paper, gift tags and…

Edmonds Treks: Marine Sanctuary brings beaches back to life

By Marlene Martzke If you are the sort who enjoys connecting with nature in a busy urban environment, you can encounter a thriving marine ecosystem in Edmonds that is considered by many to be one of the healthiest in Puget Sound. But it wasn’t always so. The beaches at Edmonds once were teetering on the…

Edmonds Historic Calendars will go on sale around town Tuesday, Dec. 11

The 2013 Edmonds Historic Calendar goes on sale all over town on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Supplies are limited, so if you haven’t pre-ordered yours, don’t delay. Calendars cost $5 plus tax, and will be sold first-come, first-served at the following locations: – Edmonds City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave.  N., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (pick…

Here’s a unique holiday gift: the 2013 Historic Edmonds calendar

The demand for the 2012 Edmonds Historic Calendar outstripped supply, so this year the Historic Preservation Commission has ordered more — and you can pre-order yours — for just $5 each — beginning Nov. 15 at the Third Thursday Art Walk. “We were stunned by the excitement generated by the 2012 calendar,” said Larry Vogel,…

This Month in Edmonds History: Giving thanks

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of November, we’ll revisit 1894. Just four years after Edmonds was incorporated, it seems many of the early residents had much to be grateful for as Thanksgiving rolled around. The…

Reminder: See Edmonds Police Department behind the scenes at open house today

Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes at the Edmonds Police Department? The department is planning a celebration for its centennial anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 16, and the public is invited to tour the department from noon-5 p.m. The community that became Edmonds developed from the original homestead of George Brackett in…

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling in jail — and you can be, too

Get “locked up” like Mayor Dave Earling in the Edmonds Historical Museum’s restored jail cell this Sunday, Sept. 16. Visitors are invited to a joint open house with the Edmonds Police Department from noon to 5 p.m., where they can tour facilities old and new. The museum’s current exhibit, “Stick ‘Em Up! Celebrating 100 years…

Edmonds Historical Museum goes behind bars Sunday

This Sunday, Sept. 16, the Edmonds Historical Museum will unlock the door to its newest exhibit space, a restored jail cell on the lower floor of the museum building.  As part of the centennial celebration for the Edmonds Police Department, both the museum and police station will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday,…

This Month in Edmonds History: Noteworthy news from around the state

My Edmonds News is proud to present a monthly look at Edmonds history, straight from the archives of the Edmonds Historical Museum. For the month of September, we’ll revisit 1931. In the early days, many of the town’s most interesting and eye-raising events showed up in the social, personal and “about town” newspaper columns instead…

Now on the Edmonds Register of Historic Places: The Allen House

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday announced the latest addition to the Edmonds Register of Historic Places: the Allen House at 310 Sunset Ave. Overlooking the spot where George Brackett first arrived in Edmonds and later set up his pioneering lumber and sawmill, the Allen House was built in…