Digging Deeper is Historic Seattle’s multi-session program designed to provide attendees with behind-the-scenes insight to primary research materials in the many archives and libraries in Seattle and King County. Each month we visit a selected archive or library and receive expert advice as to what is available and how staff can assist with research projects. This program helps you to explore buildings, architecture, and history. By the time you are through, you will want to attend one or more of the events during National Archives Month in Seattle in October 2016.
On Saturday August 13, we’ll get an introduction to the Redmond Historical Society collection, which includes historical documents, pictures, artifacts, oral histories, newspapers, maps, and surveys. The Redmond Historical Society was founded in 1999 by a small of group of citizens passionate about our local history. It’s grown extensively since then and has built a vast collection of materials about Redmond, including over 30,000 online records. An overview of their collections can be found on their website.
Jlean McDonald, Collections Manager, Crystal Rojas Mora, Vice President of Collections, and Joe Townsend, President of the Society, will provide us with an overview of the collection as well as a tour of their offices located inside the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. The schoolhouse was built in 1922, originally with 12 rooms. In 1997, the City of Redmond took over the building from the Lake Washington School District and remodeled it to become its community center and urban open space.
Tom Hitzroth, Local Historian and Chair of City of Redmond Landmark Commission, will offer an optional walking tour of Redmond’s historic center immediately following the program. For more information, inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Leary Way, July 4, 1913, courtesy of Redmond Historical Society
Series of eight sessions: $65 general public / $50 members
Individual sessions: $10 general public / $8 members