Archive for November, 2012

Holiday Happenings at Historical Places

The Monroe Historical Society invites the community to a HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the museum at 207 East Main Street. Come enjoy refreshments, tour the museum and find out who won the society’s annual quilt raffle. Several new exhibits are on display at the museum, including “Dirt Track Days: Sky Valley Racing Association, 1957-1977” commemorating the history of auto racing in Monroe. The museum’s regular exhibits feature a dugout canoe from the local Tulalip Tribe and the safe from the Monroe First National Bank on Main Street.    The free event is open to all ages.  The Monroe Historical Society Museum is open from 11 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information, call the Monroe Historical Society at (360) 217-7223.


December 9, 2012
Holiday Open House Heritage Cottage in Heritage Park
1:00pm – 4:00pm
19903 Poplar Way, Lynnwood
Santa will be available for conversation and photos at the Alderwood Manor Heritage Cottage Open house, Sunday, December 9, 1-4 PM.

The cottage will be decorated for the season.  Non-perishable donations for the Lynnwood Food Bank are invited and will be accepted.


Santa at the Floyd – Dec 1st


Saturday, December 1st, 201210am to 2pm
at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood.
There will be FREE photos with Santa (thanks to Billy Jennings, The Village Photographer), gift bags for all the kids, lots of goodies, crafts, music, museum tours and more!




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Historic Preservation

The Everett Herald Sunday Opinion piece made an unusual plea in support of preserving its historic places:  “Preserving A City’s History” Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012,  IN OUR VIEW: Everett’s downtown heritage

We who have a passionate interest  in preserving our historic places are very appreciative of this editorial.   We are perhaps often too complacent about the economic arguments for the cost effectiveness of replacing historic buildings.   We are forced to honor still useful buildings by replacing them with “”It Stood Here Once” plaques” as the editorial says.  Indeed,  a recent positive preservaStanwood City Hall, 2012tion example by the City of Stanwood  suggests an opposite reaction to funding limitation:
Funds for a new Stanwood City Hall building were just not available at this time and the City found a way to repair the stucco, paint and adapt the now unique design and character of the building.  The building looks fresh and inviting once again.  And the taxpayers paid far less for this improvement, not to mention increasing is re-sale value if it ever decides it needs more space for city operations in the future.
I only add that not only is it buildings that are worthy of preservation, but our local historical societies collections.   Think of them this year in your giving considerations.  See our list of local heritage groups on the right side of this page and select the community of your choice as a worthy recipient of much needed dollars for preserving local history for our futures.
Karen Prasse
Current President,
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations.

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