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The Historical Society holds multiple meetings throughout the year. All are welcome to attend. We also publish a semi-annual newsletter. Notices on planned coming events will be posted here.

Coming Events (presented in cooperation with the Mercer Island Library):

Edward Curtis self-portrait ca. 1889
(courtesy of Wikipedia)

Double Exposure: Edward S Curtis
Saturday, June 23, 2p.m.

Mercer Island Library

Tamara Moats
Photo by Ken Lambert
The Seattle Times

From June 14 to September 9, 2018, Seattle Art Museum presents a special exhibition consisting in part a selection of Edward S. Curtis's magnificent portraits of Native Americans. Photographed during the turn of the last century as part of a campaign to document the heritage of the tribes of the American West, these images now have an indelible place in the American consciousness, especially the works from the Pacific Northwest where he started his career. Edward was brother to famous local photographer, Asahel Curtis.

This lecture will explore Edward's life and work, and the key Northwest tribes he portrayed.

Speaker Tamara Moats is a Seattle art historian, former curator of education at the UW Henry Art Gallery, and history teacher at the Bush School Upper School.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library


This Squamish Historical Society video documentary below is based on selected images of Indigenous People from the State of Washington, British Columbia, and the coast of Alaska, captured by frontier photograper Edward S. Curtis between 1896 and 1930, during his epic journey across North America. (via YouTube)


Some Past Events


  • March 21- Dustin Kaspar of the Seattle International Film Festival gave us a guide to festival and how to navigate films.

  • April 18- Jim Clarke, PhD, owner of Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts gave us an overview of internet business vs. brick and mortar stores. He and his wife have a unique gallery in the Mercer Island Town Center.

  • May 16- Mercer Island's new grocery New Seasons Market (November 2016) was introduced by Chenoa Philabaum. This Oregon based family chain of groceries is a combination store featuring local and standard grocery items.

  • July 9 & 10- Mercerdale Park--MI Summer Celebration-


  • February 11- David Buerge spoke to us about his new book Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name.

  • March 8 - Mayumi Tsutakawa discussed Japanese Americans in Washington, including her own 100 year family history

  • April 21 - Acoustic trio Trillium-239 shared stories and songs of working life in the Northwest, beginning with American settlement of the West and ending with modern high-tech industries.

  • May 10 - Jennifer Ott, former President of Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks, discussed the Olmsted Park Plan for Seattle