The Basics of Historical Research October 10th

September 28, 2015 Leave a comment

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 14, 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

Categories: Calendar

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

August 31, 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

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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

The J. S. White Story – Snohomish Architect of the city’s many historic buildings.

May 27, 2015 Comments off

EVENT ONEJ.S. White Snohomish Architect Slide program May 30

Slide Show Presentation by Seattle Architectural Photographer Otto Greule and Snohomish History Writer Warner Blake

WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 2015 | 2 – 3:30p
WHERE: Everett Public Library | 2707 Hoyt | Auditorium
COST: Free
WHAT: Photographer Otto Greule will show and talk about his process photographing historic architecture with a sample selection from his work in Snohomish since 2009; while Warner will provide the historical context and an overall explanation of the project to document J.S. White’s work in frontier Snohomish.

The J.S. White Story: Photography by Otto Greule

Project Background Info: Herald Story, October 2014 by Andrea Brown

EVENT TWO – Guided Tour

WHAT: Guided Walking Tour of J. S. White’s 19th Century Snohomish with Warner Blake
WHEN: Sunday, May 31, 2015 | 2 – 3:30p
WHERE: Snohomish Library | 311 Maple Avenue | Meet in the lobby
COST: $10 Suggest Donation (no reservations, prepare to walk about a mile)
WHAT: Back by popular demand: A mile long loop walk to view the structures photographed by Otto; plus, those not ready for “prime time!” Experience the town as J.S. White’s family did — on foot!

Can’t make it? Free Self-Guided Walking Tour

Warner Blake | 206.914.4075
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