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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.

Our Next Meeting

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.

The ABC's of DNA Genealogy

Genealogist Janet O’Conor Camarata provides tips and tools for selecting and interpreting DNA results from a variety of health and ancestry DNA providers, like Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe and more.

Designed for the non-technical, genealogy oriented audience.

Please register in advance.

Meeting Location: Mercer Island Library

In partnership with the Mercer Island Library

Don't forget Our Book!

Available at Island Books
For details on our book click here

Sunnybeam School Stories

By “Miss Barbie” Barbara Russell Williams — Sunnybeam School teacher 1981 to 1984

The following stories are an informal account of the wonderful years I enjoyed teaching with Nuki Fellows at The Sunnybeam School on Mercer Island, Washington. Nuki was one of the best teachers with whom I have taught. She totally understood preschool aged children and gave them a beginning to their school lives that many will never forget. Graduates often came by to see her and to find themselves in the annual school photos pinned to the bulletin board. In fact, when I was teaching at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle prior to teaching at Sunnybeam School, I discovered later that the captain of the large sailing ship we were on while taking weekend marine education classes, was an alumnus of Sunnybeam School!  Pins on a world map that was attached to the school bulletin board showed where Sunnybeam graduates lived or had traveled to around the world. These items alone set this little red schoolhouse on Mercer Island apart from all the rest and gave me to know that when I walked into the school to meet Nuki for the first time that this was a very special place. ....[more]