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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
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

The Woman's Hour:
the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage
Elaine Weiss

Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman’s Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour, shares with us this important story.

7-7:45pm Remarks
7:45-8:15pm Q & A
8:15-8:45pm Book Signing

Alice Paul, Woman's Party Nat'l Chairman, unfurls the ratification banner
Aug. 18, 1920 when Tennessee, the 20th state, ratified the 19th amendment
(courtesy of Library of Congress)

This program is a partnership with the City of Mercer Island, Mercer Island School District and the King County Library System.

Funding by the King County Library System and the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

To be held at Mercer Island High School, Performing Arts Center, 9100 Southeast 42nd Street, Mercer Island.

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.