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Fall City Historical Society 

Description

As a small unincorporated rural town with a unique history, including the earliest Post Office in the Snoqualmie Valley and the only extant hop-drying shed remaining in King County, there is community interest in preserving the documents, photographs and artifacts of our past and of the current period.  We have just launched a new website (http://fallcityhistorical.org) which tells about the organization and also allows online access to photos and other items from our collections.

Mission Statement
The Fall City Historical Society is a nonprofit educational association formed to collect, preserve,  interpret and share the history of the unincorporated town of Fall City and surrounding area, from the arrival of the Native Americans until the present day, with emphasis on the period since the first white explorers came through this area (1840).
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Fall City Historical Society
PO Box 293 
Fall City 
WA
98024 
(206) 999-2022 

Ruth Pickering 
President, Board of Directors 

Programs

Fall City Historical Society Programs

We take advantage of two annual community events to present displays – Fall City Days in June and the Holiday Market in December.  The theme chosen for Fall City Days is also featured in our Fall City Calendar for the following year.  The local calendars are very popular, and offer an enjoyable “monthly dose of history.”   

Our other regular presentation to the community is a monthly article in the Fall City Neighbors Newsletter.  This amazing Newsletter has been in existence for over 15 years, completely supported by community donations and sponsors.  Over 1000 copies are distributed each month, and it is available on the fallcity.org web site.  The Historical Society contributes $50 a month to the newsletter both because it is vital to our community and because it is a wonderful way for us to bring history to the fore each month.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

The Fall City Memory Book Project, partially funded by King County 4Culture grants, resulted in the publication of Preserving the Stories of Fall City, a 350-page book with stories of growing up in Fall City taken from contributions of more than 50 local authors.  An important historic era in Fall City was 1915-1944, when students attended the Fall City Brick School from Kindergarten through high school graduation.  The Memory Book was able to capture memories from many of the Brick School graduates, whose numbers are rapidly dwindling.   

Having established a strong Collections Management system, our emphasis now is how to make history more available.  Because of difficult economic times, we do not expect to acquire or have the funds to support a museum building.  Therefore our recent focus has been on creating an extensive web site which can make our collections more widely accessible.  This project will continue to require both investment in technical expertise and a great deal of organization time to prepare collection materials for online access.

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Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

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