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.

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"Dawn on the Island"

A Video of Interviews about early Mercer Island

Our Next Meeting
Sunday Jan. 26, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Washington Women Win the Vote
Shanna Stevenson

Women in Washington were "ahead of the curve." In 1910 it was the fifth state to permanently enact women's suffrage. They won the right to vote ten years before it became a national issue. This program will trace the history of women in Washington winning the vote as well as their role in the national effort culminating in the ratification of the U.S. 19th amendment in 1920.

Shanna Stevenson is a long-time local historian based in Olympia, and a former Historic Preservation Officer for Olympia, Thurston County and Tumwater. From 2006 to 2014 she served the Washington State Historical Society as the Coordinator of the Women’s History Consortium project.

Women Mounting Suffrage Posters, 1910 in Seattle
(courtesy of Washington Digital Collections)
Meeting at Mercer Island Library

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 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 Kiwanis Club of Mercer Island, the Mercer Island Rotary Club and the Mercer Island Community Fund. We welcome individuals' donations on our "Donate" page.