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Photography of Edward J. Siegrist
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Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum

Edward J. Siegrist was a photographer, jeweler and optician who ran a shop in North Bend from early 1908 to January 1910. He was elected the first treasurer of North Bend when it incorporated in February 1909. The April 1909 Issaquah Press reports that he temporarily relocated to the Richardson building until he could finish construction his new building after his first building burned along with half of North Bend in a fire earlier that month.  Siegrist took a number of photographs of the Snoqualmie Valley while he was a resident in North Bend. His experience with lenses probably accounts for the quality of his photographs. In January 1910, the Issaquah Press reports him selling his business to Mr. Graham and taking a trip to visit his old home in Wisconsin. He is found later that year beginning a new jewelry, optician, and photography business in Concrete. By 1917 he appeared to have sold his business and disappeared from local records. 

The Museum has over a hundred Siegrist images, featuring views of North Bend, local residents and homes, and railroad activity. The Museum is open through October on Saturdays through Tuesdays from 1-5 PM. It is located at 320 Bendigo Blvd S, North Bend.


Board welcomes new members, bids farewell to Miguel Llanos
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The AKCHO board welcomed two new members at its June meeting, while bidding a fond farewell to longtime board member Miguel Llanos, co-founder of the Redmond Historical Society. Llanos had served as AKCHO Programs Chair for the last several years but new professional opportunities and a chance to be closer to family prompt his move out of the area. He will be sorely missed, but if you’d like a chance to say good-bye, his last appearance at an AKCHO event will be at the membership meeting in Issaquah later this month. (more…)


June AKCHO membership meeting

Issaquah Depot – photo courtesy of Issaquah History Museums

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hosted by The Issaquah History Museums
78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah  98027
Phone: 425-392-3500

Program: How to Mine History with Hikes

Issaquah History Museums was one of three local groups (along with Newcastle and Black Diamond historical societies) honored this year with AKCHO’s Long-Term Project Award for their use of hiking/walking tours to share their coal mining histories. Please join AKCHO on June 26 when Issaquah’s Doug Bristol explains how their program began four years ago, and how it has evolved. His team will also show some artifacts from the mining era.

We’ll meet at the Issaquah Depot Museum, address above. After the presentation, Doug will lead a short walk to the entrance of a historic coal mine.

Driving Directions:
Coming from the Seattle area on I-90, drive to Exit 17, Front Street, and proceed south. In about a mile, turn left on Poplar Street and park in the Depot parking lot.

By Bus:
Visit King County Metro Trip Planner to find the best public transit options from your location to the Issaquah Depot Museum.



From board vision to vibrant building – CWB’s new Wagner Education Center
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Sketch of the Wagner Education Center by S. Bower

Adding a new building to your site can be a long journey, Brandt Faatz, Executive Director of The Center for Wooden Boats told those gathered for AKCHO’s May membership meeting. He described how CWB’s new Wagner Education Center grew from their Board’s new goals, set in the early 2000s, to the expected opening this summer.

He noted the highs and lows of the dozen years since the Capital Campaign Cabinet secured its first leadership donation. He praised the many donors, both public and private, whose contributions made the building possible and he also noted the efforts of volunteers, one of whom has overseen the entire project. (more…)


On the Battlefront and the Homefront: Rentonites in the Great War
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Renton History Museum
Dates: 5/28 – 11/11/2018

Curated by Renton History Museum Director Dr. Elizabeth P. Stewart, this exhibit explores Rentonites’ efforts, both at home and abroad, in the First World War. Looking back 100 years, learn how individual actions made the difference in the war effort and how the war shaped Renton.

The Renton History Museum is located at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. Find more information about open hours and admission here.



Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County through member organizations, individual members, and the community they serve; and support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

The Heritage Advisor welcomes submissions of news items, calendar items, and opinion columns from AKCHO members, HA subscribers, and readers. Articles are limited to 300 words and they should have a strong relevance to historic preservation and heritage issues in King County, Washington. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. AKCHO does not pay for published submissions. All articles are subject to review by AKCHO staff. Please send your article within the body of an email (no attachments, please) to

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $25, and we have a three-tiered system for organizational memberships, with dues dependent on budget size. For more information and an application form, visit

More than 150 individuals and organizations support heritage work and historic preservation in King County, thanks to their membership in AKCHO. Please join us!




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