Started in 1864 by Henry McClurg as the settlement of Park Place, Monroe experienced rapid growth in the early 1900s due to its rich farmlands and abundant timber, and its proximity to the Great Northern Railroad. Monroe is scenically set against the foothills of the Cascade Range, near where the Snoqualmie and Skykomish Rivers join to form the Snohomish.


The Public is invited to join the Monroe Historical Society at its  March Program and Annual Membership Meeting, Thursday evening, March 5th. The program, in the spirit of International Womens’ Day [March 8], will focus on the achievements of notable Monroe women of the past hundred years. The event will be held at the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, Monroe. The short membership meeting will start at 6:30, with election of officers and trustees and a wee bit of business (members please show up!), and the program will begin at 7:00. As usual, there will be time for questions and comments as well as light refreshments, so hope to see you there!

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Pictured here: Louisa Smallman, pioneer; Blanche Shannahan, teacher, historian; Alice Reardon, newspaper publisher; Grace Kirwan, businesswoman, mayor.


Now you can donate to Monroe Historical Society simply by shopping! Fred Meyer stores donate a portion of the money you spend to a non-profit of your choice. FredMeyerRewardsSimply go to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and link your rewards card to Monroe Historical Society – you can link by name or by our non-profit number [85404]. You still earn your rewards points, fuel points, and rebates. You can also sign up at the customer service desk.

Amazon will also donate a portion of sales to  the society, using AmazonSmile: www.smile.amazon.com and choosing Monroe Historical Society.  Every little bit helps!


Currently at the museum:

piano2The upright Hamilton piano that once provided music at the silent movie theaters of Monroe was installed at the museum in October. Nellie Johnson Blakeslee (photo on left side of piano) played the piano at various venues in town theater2for many years. Recently tuned, it sounds beautiful!


Adjacent to this new addition to the museum Chris Bee, museum director, has been working on a display for the Avalon Theater. Originally the Monroe Theater, it opened in 1929 and showed the first “talkie” in town in 1930. schooldisplay2The projector next to the piano was from the Avalon. The theater ended its run in 1966 and the site is now a parking lot.


Continuing along that wall visitors come to the recently completed pioneer school display. The heavy black slate on the wall is one from the old Wagner School which closed in 1956.