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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

Living A New History of Mercer Island
´╗┐Share Your Experiences


We are living through a historic moment. This health care crisis is reaching every aspect of our lives. It seems that nearly every hour brings important news that changes our lives and our community.

The Mercer Island Historical Society would like to know how the Covid-19 virus is affecting you and your family. Even before officials ordered dramatic collective changes to our daily lives, we were all beginning to adjust in ways big and small.

The Historical Society would like to begin keeping a record of these changes. If you have a moment during these stressful times, please consider keeping a journal or notes about your experiences and occasionally send us a short email or printed thoughts about how you, your families, and your neighbors are dealing with this situation. We are interested in how you are dealing with:

  • The constant stream of news;
  • The growing restrictions;
  • The closure of the schools, libraries, and community institutions;
  • The need to hunker down at home;
  • Any other experiences or thoughts you'd like to share.

We're not sure at the moment what we will do with these e-mails, etc. but we feel it is critical to gather this information and keep written records of how this life-changing event is affecting Mercer Island and its residents. Please include your name with your response. If you know a Mercer Island resident whom you think might be interested in responding, please feel free to forward this message. We can assure you that the e-mails, names and information will stay in the custody of the Mercer Island Historical Society and not be used without notification.


Please send your thoughts and notes to:

Jane Meyer Brahm, Terry Moreman, Joel Wachs*

*any one of us will do...


Unfortunately we have had to cancel our spring programs. We are currently working with the two previously scheduled speakers, Tames Allan and Mayumi Tsutakawa, to find dates in the fall for their presentations. As previously planned, John Hughes, Chief Historian for the Washington Secretary of State's office will be speaking on September 30th, 7 PM at the Mercer Island Community Center. He is the author of Ahead of the Curve, profiles of 11 Washington women who have been blazing the trails since women in the Evergreen State gained the right to vote.

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 mih.stparchive.com. 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.