Issaquah History Museums (IHM) serve more than 20,000 people annually, providing two museums and a range of public programs. Both the Gilman Town Hall Museum and the Issaquah Depot Museum house compelling exhibits that let visitors get a deeper sense of Issaquah’s past, and feature hands-on elements for kids. IHM public programming includes a series of engaging coal-mining and logging walks. Special programs for kids include Hands-On History, where kids drop in for an activity that connects them with Issaquah’s heritage; a guided hike of Issaquah’s historic downtown; and traveling history kits that are circulated by the Issaquah School District. IHM also provides access to our collections catalog and more than 100 years’ worth of the original Issaquah Press back issues.
At the core of IHM’s exhibits, programs and website are the 40,000+ photographs and artifacts that make up the community’s collection. Each of these items tells its own story about Issaquah’s past. Museum staff continue to collect items representing Issaquah’s story, and we receive additional materials from dozens of donors annually.
IHM Board and Staff recognize the following as our values, and strive to bring them into all of our work. The behaviors listed represent some, but not all, of the ways these values strengthen our work. We recognize there will always be new opportunities to bring these values to museum experiences and relationships.