Keeping History Alive on Mercer Island  


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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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Fall Meeting Lineup Continues!


Our Next Meeting
Sunday, November 24, 2:00 p.m.

Dreaming in American:
Tales of Jewish Immigration
Presented by Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre

Local professional actors and musicians perform three stories by renowned Jewish novelists: Sholem Asch, Bernard Malamud, and Anzia Yezierska. Using music and spoken word the 90-minute production explores the Jewish immigration and assimilation experience of the last century depicting dreams lost, found and transformed in circumstances that still resonate among immigrant populations today.

Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Shunpike, Mercer Island Historical Society and Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

Meeting at Mercer Island Library

Immigrants at the Statue of Liberty






Mercer Island and Lake Washington News

Before there was the Mercer Island Reporter--back in 1912 there was the

All the local happenings of course--and in our archive we've found four issues.

Published semi-monthly, each issue of the newpaper consisted of four pages, with a photo on the front page. As yet we have no information as to how long the paper was published. But the contents reveal a very different Mercer Island of 1912...[more]


Don't forget Our Book!

Available at Island Books
For details on our book click here

"History at your fingertips!"

Thanks to community donations, we have digitized 21 years' worth of the Mercer Island Reporter, accessible for free on-line -- at The years currently digitized--and key-work searchable--are: 1968 through 1982, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, and 2005.

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