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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 2018 Spring Events (presented in cooperation with the Mercer Island Library):

Bandanas to Badges: Songs and Stories of Northwest Workers
Saturday, April 21, 2pm

To be held at Aljoya Mercer Island, 2430 76th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Acoustic trio Trillium-239 shares stories and songs of working life in the Northwest, beginning with American settlement of the West and ending with modern high-tech industries. Thoughtful music selections and interesting historical tidbits reflect the evolution of these workers’ experiences.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library and Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau


Jennifer Ott
(courtesy LinkedIn)

A Park System for All: The Olmsted Vision for Seattle (Jennifer Ott, who provided the Waterways: Seattle Locks program last fall)
Thursday, May 10, 7pm

Mercer Island Library

In 1903, Seattle’s Board of Park Commissioners invited John Charles Olmsted to design a park system for Seattle. Over the next three decades his plans guided the creation of an interconnected network of parkways, parks, and playfields. That system provided access across the city to the restorative benefits of green spaces and formed the foundation of Seattle’s flourishing park system today.

Jennifer Ott is Assistant Director at History Ink/History Link, and has held various Board Positions for Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Seattle’s unique Olmsted landscape heritage.

Double Exposure: Edward S Curtis
Saturday, June 23, 2pm

Mercer Island Library

This Seattle Art Museum exhibition, which runs from June 14 to September 9, 2018, presents a comprehensive collection of Edward S. Curtis's magnificent portraits of Native Americans. Photographed during the turn of the last century, they now have an indelible place in the American consciousness, especially the works from the Pacific Northwest where he started his career. This lecture will explore his life and work, and the key Northwest tribes he portrayed.

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.

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-