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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.


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.


Remembering Alvin Anderson
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Highline Historical Society

Alvin Anderson was a Highline pioneer, well-known by the community in his day. This charismatic and smart man is commemorated in this nice tribute. At SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street, SeaTac – open during regular business hours. Admission and parking are free.


I’m Going Through – Black Miners Arrive in King County
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Renton History Museum
Dates: 6/1 – 9/1/2018

African Americans left the South for King County in the 1880s and 1890s, for the promise of a paradise of mining jobs, livable wages, and home ownership. What they encountered in Franklin, Black Diamond, and Coal Creek were angry striking miners and coal companies eager to use them to re-open closed mines. These Black settlers persevered and made new lives here, challenging the color line and shaping the history of Renton and King County.

The Renton History Museum is locate at 235 Mill Avenue S in Renton. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM. Admission is $5/adults, $2/students, free for children 8 and younger, and for Renton History Museum members. Free admission on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of the month. 


Navigating to Alki
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Log House Museum

This exhibit features early maps of the Duwamish Peninsula, which tell the story of the growth and development of Alki and the northern end of the Duwamish Peninsula through 1907. Drawing upon the historical maps collection of the United States Coast Survey and scholarly work assembling the history of the Duwamish people, guest curator Phil Hoffman demonstrates the progression from a “land untouched” prior to the European-American exploration to emergence as a residential, recreation and industrial center.

The Log House Museum is free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 PM. It is located at 3003 61st Avenue SW in West Seattle.



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