PAST ACTIVITIES AND PICTURES
Kirkland Heritage Society
Previous Events and Gatherings
(Link to Up Coming Meetings and Events)
MAY 25 - Joseph Earl
Regan World War II American Ex-Prisoner of War, Joe a Kirkland
resident will unfold his story. Joe gave a very intense and exciting presentation of his service and captivity during WWII plus his release when General Patton’s troops freed many prisoners in this camp. KHS honored all our service men of WWII including the home front at this meeting. Pictures of the evening.
April 27 The Pink Toe Truck Pictures of an evening with Ed Lincoln and and the "Pink Toe Truck" of Lincoln Towing. The Lincoln Toe Truck served as the corporate symbol of Lincoln Towing Company. Built nearly 25 years ago, the Toe Truck became a local landmark for millions of motorists during the more than two decades it was displayed outside the Lincoln Towing yard at Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street.
March 30 Matt McCauley Scuba Diving Lake Washington - Matt shared pictures with all what he discovered on the bottom of the lake. The remains of the beloved Lake Washington ferryboat the Dawn (era early 1900s) and in the Sand Point area a World War II Curtiss SB2C Helldiver/A-25 Shrike dive bomber.
March 24 Woman's Club City Landmark Public hearing - The Rescheduled Woman’s Club/Kirkland City Landmark Nomination /King County Landmarks Commission evening was held March 24, on Thursday at 7 p.m. at The Woman’s Club located at 407 First Street. (The February meeting was cancelled because of snow)
January 26 - Pictures of Kalakala Ferry Update - Steve Rodrigues brought KHE up to date on his 13,000 + mile trip across our country from Olympia Washington to Washington D.C. making the trip to bring awareness of the Kalakala's status of a National Treasure. The Kalakala is the world's first streamline ferry built on Lake Washington and served on Puget Sound.
December 12th Pictures of the Christmas Cookie Exchange - Hosted by the Shriner family at the historic Sears Building
No Meeting - Thanksgiving
November 27 Pictures of Kirkland Tree Lighting and KHS booth with Matt's new Book introduction
October 27 Pictures of The Murder of James M. Colman, Mercer Island 1886. Our own cold case historian Tom Hitzroth revisited the murder - Mr. Colman and Mr. Patten were on their to Seattle on February 8th, 1886 but never arrived. They were murdered.
September 29 Pictures of Family History Workshop by Loita Hawkinson - Loita showed how you can find your local family names and dates in Washington State with a live presentation taking questions from the Audience. Many Washington birth, death and marriage records are available online. Examples were who married your parents or yourselves and who witnessed the wedding and see the actual signatures Frontier Justice had legal records dating back to the territorial days.
September 22 Denny Fest - KHS did not participate but did attend the event to Celebrate Denny Park
August 25 Pictures of the 2010 KHS Blackberry Social
August 28 Pictures of the KHS Table and First Every Norkirk Highlands Neighborhood Picnic
July 4th Parade Pictures (No Program this Month)
June 30 Photo I.D. Nite (New Photos) Come all and help us name the people places and events
June 3 Lakeview Elementary School Field Trip - The second and third graders came to Heritage Hall for a Kirkland-Houghton History and Preservation lesson. It was great fun see the pictures.
May 26 Houghton Mover and Shaker John Cort. He started out as a vaudeville actor and ran a chain of theaters throughout the western United States, including the Moore Theater in Seattle. Also he was one of the founders of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles to provide support for actors. He is well known in New York City and the Cort Theatre is on the National Register. Loita Hawkinson took us through the research which started from an oral history with a mention of Houghton's Cort Road.
April 28 Lee Johnson Little League Nite -- Pictures of the Evening -- In1951 LeRoy E. Johnson was instrumental in bringing Little League baseball to Kirkland, the first in Western Washington. Lee Johnson, Jr. learning from his father further expanded on his father’s dreams of Little League in Kirkland. Lee’s sons Brett and Tod Johnson shared with us their grandfather and father's journey with the little league. The sculpture of a young ball player at Peter Kirk Park in Kirkland was donated by the Johnson family in 2001 to celebrate fifty years of Little League.
March 30 KHS hosted the monthly meeting of AKCHO members 9:30am - 11:30am
March 31 Pictures of Kiwanis Nite at KHS -- Dick Shinstrom, past president of the Kirkland Kiwanis (1958) shared the history and stories of the Kirkland Kiwanis.
February 21 Pictures and Clips of Party Honoring the Dr, Mckibbens for their 73 years of doctoring in the Kirkland community See the Kirkland Reporter for details Heritage Hall 2pm -5pm with picture taking at 3pm. We especially would like to invite anyone who was a patient or was delivered by the Mckibbens.
February 24 Details of Peter Kirk the Foundry and Kirkland a detailed view by Loita Hawkinson of the early days.
January 27 Pictures of Steve Rodrique's Presentation on the History and the ongoing efforts to save the Kalakala Ferry.
Annual Cookie Exchange at the Marsh Mansion
No Meeting Happy Thanksgiving!
October 28 - History Panel Night Stories of our past shared by a panel of Kirkland long timers with much audience participation.
September 30 - 4Culture and Book-It Repetory Theatre partnered to dramatize Two Wheels North the captivating true story of two youg men who rode their bicycles from Santa Rosa, California, to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in the fall of 1909.
August 26th - Pictures of the Annual Blackberry Sundae Social - Ice Cream, blackberries, cookies and good friends. What more could you want?
July 17-19th Kirkland Uncorked - Pictures of KHS -Booth - Festival -Lady Washington -Legends Car show
4th July Parade and KHS Pictures Including the table the vintage cars and other fun stuff
June 26th -Juanita Market Booth pictures
May 28th - Juanita Elementary School Heritage Nite pictures
Complete History of
28th - “Spotlight
on Old Time Radio” Presented
December 7th - Annual Cookie Exchange hosted at the historic home of a KHS member. Pictures of the afternoon.
November 2008 - No Program Thanksgiving
October 29th - Ghosts of our Past: Live online internet research sources were displayed on screen by KHS members Loita and Dale Hawkinson. The only requirements for accessing these free resources are the Seattle and King County Library cards and a high speed internet connection. See pictures of the evening and research notes.
September 24th - The History of Woodinville: A wonderful & informative presentation by the Kraft's of Woodinville Heritage Society. See pictures of the evening.
August 27th - Heritage Park Celebration for the Centennial Garden & Kirkland Rotary Garden Arbor Dedication Followed by the annual Blackberry Sundae Social - A brief ceremony started at 6:30 PM to present the recent addition of the Centennial Garden by Kirkland Parks and Community Services and Kirkland Rotary Garden Arbor.
July 4th Parade - Pictures of KHS Tables, Volunteers, Cars and highlights
July 30th Potluck Picnic at Heritage Hall - 7:00 PM until sunset everyone shared their favorite potluck dish. Many of the recipes were from Kirkland's many recipe books published by service clubs, churches and schools. Click here for Pictures of the evening.
June 25th - Pictures of Game Night at Heritage Hall
28th - Norm Blye, Bellevue Ferry Tales with a presentation of slides Norm
and His wife Esther presented a slide show and share ferry tales about east side ferry
life before there were bridges.
April 30th - Local Violin Maker Henry Bischofberger -Third Generation Violin Maker in Kirkland. Pictures of his presentation. We Were treated with a solo at the end.
26th - Popcorn and Movie Night
Home Videos of Kirkland in late 1930's up to 1950's. Played KHS' version of the Historic Screeno Game
and had a 3D slideshow of photos from the Archives. Click for Pictures
of the evening.
and had a 3D slideshow of photos from the Archives. Click for Pictures of the evening.
February 27th - Identifying Photographs Night ! Over 30 people attended and went through over 1,600 photographs and identified about 200 of them! These photographs will now be scanned and the information placed into the PastPerfect database. Lots of comments that “This was really fun!” Not only fun but also very useful in identifying our history and those who helped shape Kirkland. Everyone appreciated the carrot cake for Vic Newhard’s birthday!
January 30th -The Murder of James M. Coleman, Mercer Island, 1886 -Guest Speaker Tom Hitzroth with Megan Carlisle, Archivist, Eastside Heritage Center, introduced the Colman Diaries and their significance to the history of the Eastside and pioneer living in the latter part of the 19th Century. James M. Colman and his friend Wilbur Patten were on their way to Seattle on the morning of February 8, 1886. Patten was going home and Colman was on his way to Court to settle a dispute with George Miller of Bellevue (Beaux Arts) over a land acquisition. Colman was ambushed at the south end of Mercer Island that morning so he never made it to court. This is an ongoing research effort by Tom and he has made previous presentations to the Eastside Heritage Center and Redmond Historical Society. Even with this information there is considerable analysis that needs to be done before he can reach conclusions on the murder of James Colman.
December 9th - KHS Annual Cookie Exchange
November 28th – Antique Holiday Decorations and Traditions - Pictures of Vintage "show and tell" holiday items
Joe Follansbee, Author, Shipbuilders,
Sea Captains and Fishermen: The
Story of the Schooner Wawona
made the presentation with numerous historic photographs collected for
the book. This book won the
Virginia Marie Folkins Award presented by the Association of King County
Historical Organizations.. The Wawona was moored on the
September 22th – KHS setup a display at this years Golden Grads gathering held in the Lake Washington High School. Noted is the Life Magazine feature of the 1955 class all night party.
– How to make your new home look old -We toured
this year's home and got tips
to achieve the "look" The
house was built in 2000. It is a faithful copy of a traditional
house was built in 2000. It is a faithful copy of a traditional
– KHS pictures Annual Blackberry Sundae Social and 30th Year Celebration
-This was a good event lots of fun. President Bob Burke reviewed the first 30 years of Kirkland Heritage Society activities.
July 4th – Pictures of Kirkland's Parade
June 27th – Cheers to Beer Steins Earl Waring shared his expertise and collection of beer steins.
May 30th – Legends & Lyrics of Northwest Woman Folklorist-Professional-Extraordinaire, Maggie Bennett shared her stories and songs of pioneer woman. Pictures of the evening along with 2 donations to KHS
April 25th – Genealogy – Discover the Secrets Guest Speaker - Sarah Fleming -History put the meat on the bones of our ancestors. Sarah Fleming, who has been doing genealogical research for over 35 years, covered the importance of history to genealogy, as well as some basics of research, local resources, and online resources. Here are some pictures of this evening.
– Pictures of Heirloom Plants and Flowers
Lisa Brown is Master Gardener and owns a Kirkland plant propagation business in the Everest Neighborhood. She kicked off the spring season with information on plants, flowers, and trees, followed by a question and answer forum. Her enthusiasm made you want to rush out and spruce up your garden!
February 28th – Antique Jewelry Pictures
-Presented by Vince Isaacson, Owner of Kirkland's Lake Street Diamond Company
and Janet McCoy from Kirkland's Antique Mall
February 28th – Antique Jewelry Pictures -Presented by Vince Isaacson, Owner of Kirkland's Lake Street Diamond Company and Janet McCoy from Kirkland's Antique Mall
Vince gave answers regarding fine estate jewelry.
Janet from Kirkland’s Antique Mall, was our vintage & collectible costume jewelry maven! What is collectible? What is worth saving? How do I clean & restore my precious jewels?
– Historic Preservation Pictures
Our first KHS meeting of the new year
featured information on new
collections, recent exciting finds in our research materials, update on
our efforts to establish our database; and displays on historic buildings
December 3rd - Pictures of KHS’s Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange at Frank Rosin's home in Juanita. Frank's home is not historic, but the contents are. Frank is a long term native of the area shared his many years of collecting Kirkland history.
October 25th - Pictures of Halloween Book Night. Guest Speaker Beth Parker professional book buyer
September 27th - What's Cooking and all that Antique Kitchen Stuff. All shared old cookbooks, great-grandma's favorite recipes, antique kitchen gadgets, pots, kitchen linens, and other nifty old gizmos. Julie Devine won the door prize. See the pictures of this fun night with lots of hissing and booing about the uses for the odd gadgets.
August 30 – Pictures of the Annual Blackberry Sundae Social.
August 30 - Pictures of Heritage Park Dedication
4th of July Parade KHS participated with a table in front of Heritage Hall and wishes to thank Frank Rosin for the use of his Model T in the parade This was a Great Community Festivity and so well attended!
14, 15 and 16 – Summerfest
KHS had a booth at Summerfest which was sponsored by the Kirkland Art Center. We were very happy with the large number of people visiting our booth and the volunteers who made this happen. This maybe the last time that the Kirkland Art Center will sponsor this event.
Meeting - Help Identify KHS Photographs
The City donated to KHS a lot of photographs from the East Side Journal that had been given to them by Chuck Morgan. – We now have many more photos that have been identified as to events and people and we are in the process of scanning the digital images and making a database so all can lookup the Kirkland past.
David Cantrill reported on the Second Kirk Family Reunion that was held in Friday Harbor this last weekend!
May 20 and 21 *** DATES CANCELLED *** Kirkland Heritage Days - Will be rescheduled later in the year.
May 31st 2006 - SOUNDS YOU ONCE HEARD
Radio Sound effects hosted by Frank Rosin.
11th Sunday 2:00-4:00 PM - Pictures
of the Annual
December 16th 2005 - January 31st 2006- Antique Toy Exhibit at the Kirkland Library Lobby Showcase
No meetings this month
OCTOBER 12TH -Kirkland’s 100th Birthday Party at Peter Kirk Park
OCTOBER 26TH -Bob Neir, former Kirkland Mayor and Author of "A City Comes of Age" was present to sign books. Also it was the annual "share your Halloween Stories" night. Click to see the circle of story tellers.
SEPTEMBER 28 - Pictures of Michael Cogle (Manager of Kirkland Parks Planning) Updated park plans containing historic sites and buildings -Heritage Park (formerly Waverly Site) -Juanita Beach Park (contains historic Forbes House) and Mcauliffe Park
AUGUST 31 -Pictures of the KHS Annual Blackberry Ice Cream Social
AUGUST 12-14 -Kirk and Founders Family Reunion.
JULY 8-10: -Centennial Summerfest Sponsored by Kirkland Arts Center. Pictures of our volunteers and booth.
JULY 4 -Centennial Fourth of July Parade, Picnic, & Fireworks. Pictures of a spectacular show for this special Centennial Celebration.
JUNE 29th -Kirkland Centennial Cemetery Tour pictures of Tour by Alan Stein, KHS Historian.
Show and Share Your Kirkland History Odds & Ends/Bits & Pieces. KHS Shared some of our recent wonderful donations. Election of Board Members: President, Secretary and At-Large Position. Board / Committee Chairs met at 5:30 pm at Heritage Center
April 27th - Pictures of Gathering of Folks With Some Wonderful Stories!
Helen Schoen JoAnn Harris
Meredith Gaskgill Jerry Rutherford Chuck Morgan Bev Hoerline
There were may others others too with stories with untold stories. There must be future meetings with more open agendas to get these memories recorded and remembered..
March 30 -Guests: G.F.W.C. Kirkland Woman’s Club – 85 Years of Community Service. Pictures of the meeting
February 23rd -KHS open
of the KHS centennial
display – 100 Years of
No meeting enjoy Thanksgiving
27th Kirkland Ghost
1926 Murder of Kirklander Letitia Whitehall - A New Look at the
Facts and Historical Records Surrounding the Case.
1926 Murder of Kirklander Letitia Whitehall - A New Look at the Facts and Historical Records Surrounding the Case.Speaker: Tom Hitzroth, historical reseacher and experienced investigator, shared his recent findings.
September 29th Nancy Stephens for Resident History Nancy shared her family history from the Rose Hill Neighborhood.
August 25th Wednesday KHS Annual Blackberry Sundae Social - Pictures of many new items were shared and David showed off the recently donated Kirkland treasures.
July No meeting. Kirkland’s Summerfest July 10th and 11th.
4th of July Parade pictures
June 30th Refinishing Antique Furniture Norkirk neighborhood businessman, Jan Zoltowski, from Old World Antique Restoration, gave a presentation on restoration and refinishing of antique furniture.
- Pictures of Centennial Heritage
Days May 15th.
April 28th 40 Years at the Kirkland Cannery Speaker: Thad Pound Thad told stories and shared memorabilia of his life at the Kirkland Cannery.
March 31st Matt McCauley for Resident History Matt did a slide show and talked about the history of McAuliffe Park. Thank you Matt for bringing your computer and video equipment
February 25th Pictures of Chuck Morgan for Resident History Talk Chuck talked about his life in Kirkland and his memoirs.
JANUARY 28TH AT HERITAGE HALL - COINS AND CURRENCY
Thursday December 4th 6 PM to 8 PM Magical Night of Shopping - Downtown Kirkland. KHS Canceled due to high winds and rain.
Sunday December 7th 2 PM to 4 PM -Pictures of theKHS member's Annual Christmas Home Tour at the Hawkinson home. 246 9th Avenue Kirkland. Members brought their favorite candy or cookies to share.
No Meeting due to Thanksgiving
October 29th 2003
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR SHOW AND SHARE!! Pictures of people with Halloween stores and pictures. Shared Halloween treasures and Halloween tricks! Nibbled on special Halloween Treats and witchy brew!.
September 24th - KHS members, Loita and Dale Hawkinson shared their ideas on sorting and sharing family pictures and negatives with family by making CDROMS, DVDs or VCR's. All Without spending a lot of money.
August 27th -Pictures of KHS's Annual BlackBerry Preserves Sundae Social and Sharing Event. First KHS social event in the new Heritage Hall.
July 11-13th - Kirkland's SummerFest. See Pictures of our Booth
June 25th - Joan Voves Home Tour
April 30th Doug Jamieson of Jamieson Consulting told us how to update old residential structures to withstand earthquakes.
March 26th -Kirkland Parkplace Books.
Jim Lauinger of Kirkland Parkplace Books showed us many of the books in his collection and how to develop insight into their value and history.
Founder's Week and Peter Kirk Day
January 29th - Old phonographs and records by David Lundin
was cancelled and a normal meeting was held to bring everyone up to date on Founder's week events.
Booth pictures from the Night of Lights downtown Kirkland
Annual Holiday Open House and Cookie Exchange at the Cregar home.
No monthly meeting. Happy Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, October 30th Program change
Wednesday, September 25th meeting.
Frank Rosin displayed memorabilia and radio programs of the past
Pictures of the KHS booth at Taste! Kirkland September 14 and 15th
Wednesday, August 28th meeting.
No monthly meeting.
Kirkland SummerFest booth was very productive. Thanks to all who helped. Here are the pictures
Kirkland 4th of July Parade Pictures
Wednesday, June 26th meeting.
Redmond's Clise Mansion - new discoveries at the mansion. Detective Hitzroth unraveled those mysteries.
Speaker: Tom Hitzroth -Director of the Marymoor Museum.
Wednesday, May 29th meeting KHS elections.
Quilts -Old and New.
Wednesday, April 24th meeting. Board and committee met at 6:00PM
Kirkland Cemetery Tour, April 27th, Saturday 3:00 P.M.
Tour by our own Alan Stein meet at the cemetery on Rose Hill
Wednesday, March 27th meeting
Pictures from History of music in the Puget Sound
Speaker: Vilem Sokol
Wednesday, February 27th meeting
Title/Topic: The Shinstrom Family Redmond/Kirkland Connection
Speaker: Dick Shinstrom
Pictures of the First Annual Peter Kirk Day Celebration
Current Pictures of Peter Kirk's Home in the San Juan Islands
Wednesday, January 30th meeting
WestWater Design Presentation
Alan Granger, GGLO, Architects, presented for WestWater Real Estate the design for building proposed for the vacant site at the corner of 7th Avenue West and Market Street. This is an important site historically since it completes the fourth corner of the intersection where the Peter Kirk Building, Sears Building and Campbell Building are located. It is also adjacent to the Brooks Building.
Wilkeson Stone Presentation
David Knoblach gave a very upbeat and informative talk about the
local Wilkeson Stone quarry and its history along with pictures !
Holiday Open House
Our annual Holiday Open House was held at the home of Darby and Scott Johnson, 220 - 10th Avenue December 9th Sunday afternoon. The Johnson's have been fixing up their craftsman style home and it was recently photographed and will appear in a national magazine in the near future.
Magical Night of Shopping In Downtown Kirkland
December 6, Thursday Evening, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. A Magical Night of Shopping in Downtown Kirkland was sponsored by Kirkland Downtown on the Lake. ! It was a lot of fun with music, chestnuts, and many displays of Holiday gifts!!
Wednesday, October 24th
& CRAFTS HOME TOUR
Home tour Pictures of Jessica Greenway's and Ken Nelson's arts and crafts home on Rose Hill.
Taste! Kirkland Booth pictures September 15th and 16th
Wednesday, September 26th meeting.
Pictures of Jerry Rutherford's Talk. Jerry, a long-term Juanita resident, shared her heart-warming experiences in the community since the 1940's. She is currently on the King County Library circuit making her presentation throughout the Eastside.
Wednesday, August 29th meeting.
Pictures of Annual Blackberry Ice cream Social. Photos and memories of Kirkland were shared.
Our archivist, David Cantrill updated the group on his trip to San Juan Island to research Peter Kirk.
Bob Burke updated the work on contracts for A&E Services for Church Building Renovation
Pictures of our booth at the Kirkland Summer Fest held July 14th and 15th.
Wednesday, June 27th meeting.
Speaker: Stan Krahn. Former shipyard worker, Model A owner and retired
Update on the design for the historic vacant hotel site at the corner of 7th Avenue and Market Street by Keith Maehlum, West Water Real Estate.
Wednesday, May 30th meeting.
Making Kirkland a Hometown--Who Were Burke and Farrar Anyway?
Speaker: Mimi Sheraton, Historic Preservation Consultant
Kirkland's development into a thriving town out of the bankruptcy of Peter Kirk's steel mill, attracted residents from throughout the country. Mimi's talk featured details on some of Kirkland's early "movers and shakers" and how they shaped its growth through the first half of the twentieth century.
Wednesday, April 25th meeting.
Fine and Folk: Three Centuries of American Furniture"
Speaker: Wilson E. O'Donnell Authority and consultant of American antique furniture from the 18th - 20th centuries
Pictures from "Fancy,
Fine and Folk Furniture Night"
Wednesday, March 28th meeting.
Wednesday, February 28th meeting.
Toys and Games - Show and Share
Old/antique toys and games for a hour of show and tell.
Wednesday, January 31st meeting.