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Excavations before Quarry Road Construction Unearths Snohomish County's Prehistoric Past!

posted Jul 31, 2013, 10:22 AM by Web Manager

Traveling exhibit from UW’s Burke Museum comes to Granite Falls

In two identical presentations on Sunday, August 4, Archealogist Jason B. Cooper discussed finds made during the archaeological excavations done prior to construction of the Quarry Road (Granite Falls Alternate Route Project).

Artifacts and features unearthed from the dig indicate that Native Americans occupied the portage between the Middle Fork Stillaguamish River and Pilchuck River approximately 8,000 years ago.   

Environmental data from the area portrays a much different physical environment at the time of occupation and stone tool artifacts recovered offer clues to the territorial range of the county's original inhabitants. 

Location: Granite Falls Historical Museum, 109 East Union St., Granite Falls, WA.

Time: 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Light refreshments provided.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each presentation..


Unearthing Kimberly-Clark

posted Jun 13, 2013, 12:23 PM by Web Manager

As it was being demolished, the Kimberly-Clark plant was often described as the last vestige of Everett's smokestack heritage. But centered in the very heart of the city's bay front industrial corridor, the site has connections stretching all the way back to the region's tribal past, the earliest peninsular homesteads and the coming of the railroad.

Everett Library historian David Dilgard explores pictures and maps revealing the many-faceted story of this key spot in the life of The City of Smokestacks

When:  Sat, June 15, 2pm ? 3pm
Where:  Main Library Auditorium

2013 GFHS Scholarship Winners Announced

posted Jun 9, 2013, 8:59 AM by Web Manager   [ updated Jun 9, 2013, 9:04 AM ]

Left to right: Sabrina McLauglin, GFHS Scholarship Committee Chair Vervia Gabriel, Pooja Sethi  

Congratulations to Sabrina McLaughlin and Pooja Sethi  

The Mary Bayh Scholarship for $2,000 is given to students pursuing careers in education by the Granite Falls Historical Society. Sabrina McLaughlin, the recipient of the scholarship, decided to become a teacher after serving as a teacher’s aide at Monte Cristo as part of her leadership class. Her supervising teacher and Granite Falls Education Association president, Rick Lewis, said she worked hard, demonstrated excellent instructional skills and fully engaged his students when she independently taught several lessons in math and science. He has confidence that she will make an excellent teacher. 

Sabrina also worked with children at a local day-care, served as a student leader at her church and ran mini-cheer camps. She was a cheerleader for four years, a baseball manager, and a member of the National Honor Society.  She will start college at Everett Community College next year on her path to becoming a teacher.

The winner of the 1,900 Granite Falls Historical Society Scholarship, Pooja Sethi, has a passion for math and science. She decided to become an engineer after joining the all-woman ShopGirls Eco- team and competing in the Shell Eco-Marathon. She is also involved in Future Business Leaders of America, Knowledge Bowl, Washington Aerospace Scholars as well as competing on the cross-country team. She has volunteered hours and hours at the Granite Falls Historical Museum creating brochures, working with historical maps, cataloging accessions, and serving as a docent.

This amazing young woman graduates with a perfect 4.0 high school GPA and an Associates of Science in Physics from Everett Community College. She was accepted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but will attend the University of Washington and study computer engineering.

Snohomish Tribal Elder Featured on Burke Blog

posted Dec 14, 2012, 2:53 PM by Web Manager

See and read about the work of carver William Shelton.
Burke Blog

Darrington Fights to Save Wilderness Lookout

posted Jan 31, 2012, 12:16 PM by Web Manager   [ updated Jan 31, 2012, 12:16 PM ]

High Country News, a Web site for the magazine by the same name, features an article, with video, on the fight to save the restoration of the Green Mountain fire lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area.

Two New History Web Sites in Snohomish County

posted Jan 31, 2012, 12:10 PM by Web Manager   [ updated Jan 31, 2012, 12:10 PM ]

Sky Valley Historical Society <> in

Everett Museum of History <>

Sedro Woolley Added to Washington Rural Heritage Web Site

posted Dec 21, 2011, 2:48 PM by Web Manager   [ updated Dec 21, 2011, 2:48 PM ]

Congratulations to the Sedro Woolley Museum and the Sedro Woolley Library for making digital copies of heritage photos and documents available to everyone.
The collection covers Northern State Hospital, logging photographs, local businesses and street views, flood images, bank robbery photographs, schools, railroads and an 1891 railroad map, and a wonderful rare collection of glass slides used in the Dream Theater. Click below and be amazed!

Stanwood HS publishes Stuck in the Mud

posted Sep 26, 2011, 2:37 PM by Web Manager   [ updated Sep 26, 2011, 2:41 PM ]

The Stanwood Area Historical Society invites You to a celebration of ther ecent publication of a new history of the Warm Beach area of Snohomish County. 

If you are familiar with the story of Vancouver's 1892 mapping expedition through Puget Sound, you'll understand the reference to the title of this great new history. 

It includes hundreds of great stories of logging history, real estate development, Kayak Point and Port Susan - that shallow bay between northwestern Snohomish County and Camano Island.

Join us for the celebration of a new Snohomish County History !

The History of Warm Beach
by Penny Hutchison Buse
Saturday, October 1, 2011
6:00- 9:00 p.m

Dessert will be served. A short program begins at 7 p.m.
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center
27130 102nd Ave NW
Stanwood, WA

Directions  ( see our website -
The Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center is part of the Stanwood Area Historical Society and is located two blocks north of the intersection of Highway 532 and 102nd Ave NW in the historic west end of Stanwood about 7 miles west of I - 5 Stanwood Camano exit 212 Parking is available in the parking lot just west of Center -
27130 102nd Ave. N. W. Stanwood, WA

All book sales benefit the Stanwood Area Historical Society
For more info, call 360-629-6110

1970s Photo Collection Available on Everett Library Website

posted Aug 10, 2011, 2:51 PM by Web Manager   [ updated Aug 10, 2011, 2:56 PM ]

The Everett Public Library invites the public to take a stroll down memory lane with a new digital collection of photographs from the 1970s. The Neil  House collection features over 750 color photographs of Everett as it looked nearly 40 years ago.

Photographer Neil House worked as the official photographer for the City of Everett from 1975-1977. He documented the functions of several city departments such as Police, Fire, Planning, Public Works, Parks, Transit and City Council. He also captured the hustle and bustle of everyday life inEverett, such as shopping on Colby Ave., retail development along Evergreen Way, the Bicentennial celebration, parades and Salty Sea Days.

The photographs in this collection were scanned from 35 mm slides in the library's Northwest Room photograph collection. To view and search the collection, visit public may ask questions about this project by calling 425-257-8005.

100 Year-Old Reborn in Snohomish

posted Mar 12, 2011, 1:44 PM by Web Manager   [ updated Mar 12, 2011, 1:47 PM ]

The 1910 Carnegie library building in Snohomish will become an education center.

Melody Clemans, board president of the Snohomish Carnegie Education Center, will be the featured speaker at the Snohomish Historical Society's next meeting on Wednesday, March 16th, 7 p.m. at the Waltz Building, 116 Avenue B.  "The building requires structural and seismic upgrades, and new electrical and mechanical/plumbing systems.  Now that a grant has been secured, we've begun our local campaign to complete the project."

This citizen based organization works in partnership with the city to restore the former library building and grounds.  The rehabilitation of the1910 Carnegie library building will preserve it's historic, cultural, and architectural features that make it significant to the community into the 21st Century.  In the historic downtown core, the Carnegie, had long been the site of community events, once serving as city council chambers, providing meeting space for various clubs, as well as music and dance recitals.

This meeting is open to the public.

For further information, contact Gary Ferguson 360-568-4746/

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