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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

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

May 27th, 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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LOSCHO Board meeting Sept 29

September 13th, 2014 Comments off

It is the Waltz building in Snohomish for our next meeting Monday September 29, at 10:00 AM.

Historic Snohomish, WA

New members interested in local history or genealogy are always welcome.

Waltz Building Gazebo