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.