Arie Pillie with a calf. Note the Dutch wooden shoes on his feet. Lake Sammamish State Park area in the distance. Photo by Meindert Pillie, circa 1930s. (Courtesy of Issaquah History Museums)

Arie Pillie with a calf. Note the Dutch wooden shoes on his feet. Lake Sammamish State Park area in the distance. Photo by Meindert Pillie, circa 1930s. (Courtesy of Issaquah History Museums)

Issaquah History Museums upload more than 10,000 artifacts to their online archive

The Issaquah History Museums have uploaded more than 10,000 items to their database since 2012.

Cataloguing their historical collections to an online database has taken a lot of work, but the Issaquah History Museums have crossed a milestone by uploading more than 10,000 items to their digital archive.

Started as the Issaquah Historical Society in 1972, The Issaquah History Museums (IHM) is a nonprofit that operates the Gilman Town Hall Museum, the Issaquah Depot Museum, and the Issaquah Valley Trolley. Erica Maniez, museum director, explained that in addition to the operation museums, they also offer history related programming throughout the year.

The IHM has added more than 10,000 total images to the their online gallery, a significant milestone for the preservation and accessibility of their collection, Maniez said.

The IHM cares for a collection of more than 36,000 artifacts and photographs, and in order to increase accessibility the museum began working to scan and upload as much of their collection as possible. They began the digital archive in 2012 with just 500 items, and slowly grew the archive over the years.

With the help of grants from 4Culture, King County’s cultural funding agency, the IHM was able to start uploading their collections. They prioritized the large collections first, and began working through the organization’s backlog of photos, letters and documents. They have also implemented a policy of scanning in new additions to the collection as part of the intake process, so new submissions do not add to the already large backlog.

Some of the priority uploads included letters from a local woman to her fiance who was fighting in World War I, and a collection of letters between brothers who served in the army during World War II.

The museum has received help form volunteers and interns in their efforts to make sure everything is online.

In addition to preservation, the digital archive also makes photo purchases easier. It allows people to look up what pictures they can order from the museum without having to come to the museum in person. It also helps researchers who can’t come to Issaquah but are interested in looking for photos of coal mining, logging or family members.

The museum updates its digital archive about once a month, Maniez said, and as more help comes for scanning and uploading, the museum plans to make more progress than ever before in the next year.

“At this point we are making slow, forward progress and hoping by next year we will be up to 12,000 or 15,000,” Maniez said.

More information on the IHM can be found online at www.issaquahhistory.org. For access to thedigital archive, go online to issaquah.pastperfectonline.com.

Jacoba Pillie and dog Brownie balance on a log at the south end of Lake Sammamish. Photo by Meindert Pillie, Jacoba’s son, circa 1930s. (Courtesy of Issaquah History Museums)

Jacoba Pillie and dog Brownie balance on a log at the south end of Lake Sammamish. Photo by Meindert Pillie, Jacoba’s son, circa 1930s. (Courtesy of Issaquah History Museums)

Building a new barn at the Barlow farm, circa 1930s. The Barlow farm was at the south end of Lake Sammamish, and Arie Pillie worked there. (Courtesy of Issaquah History Museums)

Building a new barn at the Barlow farm, circa 1930s. The Barlow farm was at the south end of Lake Sammamish, and Arie Pillie worked there. (Courtesy of Issaquah History Museums)

More in News

VoteWA is a $9.5 million program that came online last May and is meant to unify all 39 county voting systems in the state into a single entity. Courtesy image
WA’s new voting system concerns county elections officials

VoteWA has run into some problems in recent months as the Aug. 6 primary election draws closer.

Providence Point residents speak out in support for intersection improvements

Issaquah residents supported a traffic light on SE 43rd Street at a CIP public hearing on July 1.

Photo courtesy of Carolyn Kennedy
                                Tools4Schools will be having its annual school supplies drive Aug. 12.
ISF and Issaquah Food Clothing Bank partner again for Tools4Schools drive

Tools4School provided more than 900 backpacks to students during the 2018-19 school year.

Photo courtesy of Life Enrichment Options
                                The annual Challenge Race returns to Issaquah for the 22nd year on July 27 at the Issaquah Community Center.
Challenge Race returns to Issaquah

The annual event will take place at the Issaquah Community Center on July 27.

Pete, with his companion Nina, served as “the foundation” of the zoo’s gorilla program when he first arrived in Seattle in 1969. Photo courtesy of Dennis Dow / Woodland Park Zoo
Prop 1 would fund parks, zoos and open spaces

King County voters could approve the renewal and increase of the levy on the August ballot.

Issaquah begins long-term planning for the future of parks

Long-term master plans for three major Issaquah open space areas are in the works.

An aerial photo shows the locations of two earthquakes and five aftershocks in and near Monroe, which rattled the Puget Sound region early Friday. The first was the magnitude 4.6 quake at upper right, 13 miles under the intersection of U.S. 2 and Fryelands Boulevard SE at 2:51 a.m. The second, magnitude 3.5, occurred 18 miles under the Old Snohomish-Monroe Road at 2:53 a.m. The aftershocks followed during the ensuing two hours. This image depicts an area about 3 miles wide. (Herald staff and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network)
Early wake-up call: Twin quakes under Monroe rattle region

Thousands of people felt them. They were magnitude 4.6 and 3.5 and hit minutes apart.

Courtesy photo
King County Sheriff’s Office has been giving ICE unredacted information

Both the office and jail have supplied the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

‘Feedback loops’ of methane, CO2 echo environmental problem beyond Washington

University of Washington among researchers of climate change’s effects in global temperatures.

Most Read