Meeting dates for 2016

November 22nd, 2015 No comments

The League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations’ mission of the past 30 years has brought together local historians, genealogists, and those interested in all aspects historic preservation from buildings to antiques to photographs to family histories.   We have become good friends and shared many successful to publications, preserved many buildings, and discovered many great stories and photographs.  We are hoping that there may be more people interested in continuing this tradition. Please join us for our next events and meetings.

Waltz Building, Snohomish Washington

Waltz Building, Snohomish, Washington

Our annual meeting will be Saturday January 23rd 2016 at the Waltz Building at 10 a.m.  We will have a short business meeting to elect officers followed by a program featuring the new presentation on the Historical Asset Inventory which has identified 14,000 potentially historic buildings in the County and conducted windshield surveys to focus in on the best opportunities.

Traditionally we have also hosted an annual award luncheon to celebrate the Malstrom Award for outstanding historic preservation projects. We will be having this luncheon on March 12th, also at the Waltz Building. More information on the luncheon will be announced soon.
Karen Prasse
Vice President
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations
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The Basics of Historical Research October 10th

September 28th, 2015 Comments off

October is Archives month, and you are invited to attend a free workshop!

 The Basics of Historical Research 9:00 AM – Noon
October 10 in Stanwood at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center
October 24 in Bellevue and Bellingham

The Basics of Historical Research is for teachers, students, beginning genealogists, and others interested in exploring the past. You’ll get practical advice and learn the basic steps for gathering the information that you will need to investigate and interpret a historical topic for a museum exhibit, class project, community celebration, curriculum enrichment, research article, History Day, a classroom based assessment (CBA), or personal historical interest.
This class will cover:

  • What primary sources are—and aren’t
  • What historical sources are—and how to use them
  • How to use the library system
  • How to use archival collections
  • How to find and use reliable online resources
  • How to properly cite your sources
  • How to use information from different sources

Seating is limited, so be sure to REGISTER NOW AT .
Scroll down to Oct 10 or Oct 24.  Select the site and click on the “Register” button.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Saunders at the Puget Sound Regional Archives.
Michael S. Saunders
Regional Archivist

Quarterly Meeting Sept 28 10 a.m.

September 14th, 2015 Comments off
Please join us at the League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations Quarterly Meeting
September 28th 2015

10 am – Noon

Superintendents Cottage at Heritage Park in Lynnwood

All members, board members and those interested in Snohomish County history are welcome.
It is a public meeting for exchanging and sharing ideas for history projects and publications.  We welcome active participation from historians from all over the County for possible collaborations.
Possible discussion topics will be
  • Historical Asset Inventory which has identified 14,000 potentially historic buildings in the County and conducted windshield surveys to focus in on the best opportunities.
  • Oct 10 History Research class at Stanwood FNCC. (Register here)
  • Malstrom Award Luncheon recap & planning for next year.
  • Projects for the Womens Legacy funds
  • Strategic Planning Session follow up planning discussion and action plan.

Contact Kevin for more info or agenda suggestions.

Karen Prasse

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Centennial Trail History Walk – Sept 13th from 11a.m. – 3p.m.

August 31st, 2015 Comments off

Centennial Trail LogoCentennial Trail History Walk leads hikers through Snohomish County’s past.

*Question: *What was the first railroad to build into Snohomish County and  what is much of its right-of-way called today?
*Answer: *The Seattle, Lakeshore, and Eastern and the Centennial Trail

Want to learn more fun facts about Snohomish County heritage? Then grab your walking shoes or hop on a bike – or put the kids in the stroller and make your way down the Centennial Trail, Sept 13th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to learn local history along the former tribal route and early-century transportation corridor.

The Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission will offer activities for kids, hands-on interactive exhibits and a chance to touch historic artifacts at four different sites along the 30 miles of historic rail line.
The event is free.

Specific activities are located at these four trailheads:

– Nakashima – 32328 SR-9, Arlington
– Bryant -26804 SR9, Arlington
– Machias – 1624 Virginia St., Snohomish
– Snohomish – Pine and Maple, Snohomish

“The Centennial Trail History Walk will be a fun way to learn about our local heritage, said Historic Preservation Commissioner, Chris Jenkins. We wanted to offer an experience that would make learning Sno Co. history more
engaging and because the trail has such a rich history of its own – a discovery walk on the trail allows the participants to put facts into context.”

Can’t make it to the Centennial Trail History Walk? Don’t let that stop you from learning great stories of the people and industries that made an impact on our community in the fields of agriculture, timber and rail online at

For more information about the walk, contact Wendy Becker, Snohomish County Cultural and Economic Development Manager at wendy.becker at

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Western Heritage Center at the Monroe Fair

August 11th, 2015 Comments off

This year at the Monroe Fair – give yourself plenty of time to see the exhibits at the Western Heritage Center.  Jerry Senner and his volunteers have been working for twenty years on the educational, engaging and interactive exhibits that teach how machines worked in the days before digital.  WHC-logoIt’s a great place for  school groups, and family outings to see how all the old chainsaws, tractors, threshing machines really worked.  One of the most fun is the model railroad representing how dependent we were on steam and diesel technology.  It’s truly a special experience – see  it before, during or after the Evergreen State Fair (Aug. 27th – Sept 7th).

Categories: History Exhibits, Museums