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Mercer Island Historical Society

Founded 1954

Keeping History Alive on Mercer Island

A Washington State Non-profit Charitable organization with 501(c)(3) status.

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"Dawn on the Island"

A Video of Interviews about early Mercer Island

Don't Delay--Deadline for registration is September 29th.

Ahead of the Curve-Washington Women, 1910-2020
John C. Hughes and Bob Young

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Online through Zoom

The Mercer Island Library

Washington has been Ahead of the Curve since it first granted women the right to vote in 1883. In 1910, our state became the fifth to include women's suffrage in its constitution — a decade ahead of the nation. And Washington women keep blazing trails in fields from science to bridge building. Discover the pioneering spirit of some larger-than-life women and little-known stories with big impacts on Washington, the nation and beyond.

Ahead of the Curve, by John Hughes and Bob Young spotlights Washington women who have led the way -- from the schoolroom to the courts, from science to bridge building, from philanthropy to technology. Many of their stories are little-known, yet these women have made indelible impacts on Washington, our nation and the whole world.

John C. Hughes is the chief historian for the Office of the Secretary of State. He retired as editor and publisher of The Daily World in Aberdeen in 2008 after a 42-year career in journalism. He has won awards for reporting, photography, historical features, editorials and columns.

Registration Information:

Please use the following link to register for the program:

Deadline for registration is September 29th. You will be emailed a Zoom link. If you need help with Zoom, please contact vaheck @

The Mercer Island Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Mercer Island Friends of the Library and the King County Library System on a new way to present programs to our members. This new format will allow us to reach a greater audience with the convenience of watching from your own home.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library. In partnership with Mercer Island Historical Society.

Don't forget Our Book*

Available at Island Books
For details on our book click here

*Top 20 seller at Island Books
once again in 2019!

"History at your fingertips!"

Thanks to community donations, we have digitized 24 years' worth of the Mercer Island Reporter, accessible for free on-line -- at The years currently digitized--and key-work searchable--are: 1968-1983, 1994, 1995, 1997-2000, 2004, and 2005.

A special thank you to the donors who've contributed to our digitization project thus far: Cyclemates Bike, the Kiwanis Club of Mercer Island, the Mercer Island Rotary Club and the Mercer Island Community Fund. We welcome individuals' donations on our "Donate" page.