Issaquah History Museums

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Seniors


PO Box 695Issaquah, WA 98027 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Issaquah Historical Society is to discover, preserve and share the history of Issaquah and the surrounding area.


The Issaquah History Museums is a nonprofit organization that provides access to the objects, photos, and archives that record Issaquah's history. We operate two museums, the Issaquah Train Depot and the Gilman Town Hall, both owned by the City of Issaquah. The Depot is on the federal National Register of Historic Places; it has been restored to its original condition through decades of loving and impassioned volunteer effort. Gilman Town Hall is Issaquah's first town hall; the city's 3rd jail is a concrete structure still located on our grounds. Our programs and operations are supported by a small part-time staff and many dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are directly responsible for keeping our doors open, our programs running, and our collections cared for.


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by Heather K. (November 15, 2021)
IHM is a great organization to volunteer with. I volunteered for years and always got the support I needed from friendly staff while also being able to work independently. I worked as a collections volunteer and docent, but there are many other areas and events to help out with too. Good variety of work to do, and all in support of the local community!
by Julia B. (September 29, 2021)
I've been a long time (10+ years) volunteer with IHM in various capacities including collections, events, and board work. The organization, staff, ED, board, and volunteers are all fantastic to work with and provide the community with a vast amount of opportunities to learn and engage with their local history. Small non-profit means limited staff and hours -- they can use all the volunteers they can get!
by Ken P. (September 13, 2021)
I've been interfacing with the Museum Director for two months and have been put off, delayed, led along, exchanged emails, taken a virtual tour, etc. and nothing has come of it. We had a potential Zoom meeting scheduled but it was canceled. I don't think the museums have reopened due to COVID. I expressed interest and being retired was very flexible. Apparently, there were 11 other volunteers who showed interest.

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