Preserve your past, and learn about Issaquah’s, with events this month

The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is a huge part of the life, economy and history of Issaquah. But do you know how it came into being?

The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is a huge part of the life, economy and history of Issaquah. But do you know how it came into being?

On Saturday April 10 at the Issaquah Train Depot, the Issaquah History Museums (IHM) will host a presentation by Grace Reamer, Master Docent with Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

Starting at 11 a.m., Reamer will present a slide show and discussion about the historic 1936 hatchery, the non-profit Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, and the history behind them both. Find out how this unique public-private partnership is working to support and restore salmon and their habitat, and what you can do to help.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.


Later in the month, IHM will host two workshops on “How to Preserve Your Past,” designed to help you reveal and preserve your own personal history.

The cost to attend both workshops is $15 ($12 for members of the Issaquah History Museums), or attend only one for $10 ($7.50 each for members).

In the first, “Writing Your Memories,” explores the relationship between big history and your life. History is not a dry recital of dates and places: history is stories. This workshop shows you how to discover your place in history, remember the stories of your time, and record your memories for those who come after you.

Do your descendents a favor and attend this workshop. It will be presented by Kim Pearson, the author of Making History: How to Remember, Record, Interpret and Share the Events of Your Life, among other works. She has been teaching people how to find their place in history and record their own life events since 1999.

The second workshop is “Preserving Photos and Heirlooms.”

Learn about the basics of preservation and how they apply to your own personal artifacts. The workshop will include hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to your preservation challenges. Attendees will also receive a copy of “Preserving Family Heirlooms and Photographs.”

This workshop will be presented by IHM Collections Manager Julie Hunter, and Museum Director Erica Maniez. Together, Julie and Erica have more than forty years of museum experience.

To register, or for more information, call 425-392-3500 or e-mail

Help needed

The IHM is looking for a volunteer to photograph and write descriptions of items to sell or provide free, and then list the items on Craigslist.

This is a great way to help the museums and enjoy yourself at the same time. Email Karen at or phone 425-392-3500, if you are interested.