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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.

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July 8 program features genealogist Karin Coppernoll                  The public is invited to a free program at the Monroe Library, Saturday July 8 at 1:00. Karin Coppernoll, professional genealogist and board member, will offer her decades of experience to help attendees with starting family research, finding information on old homes, document retrieval and much more. Her presentation will begin with research she conducted about the landholdings and life of Washington pioneer and Mexican War veteran Thomas Lockwood, who lived in Monroe and owned property on Lewis Street. She will use this as a case sample to illustrate how to get started on a project of your own. We hope you’ll join us for this informative presentation. The library is located at 1070 Village Way, Monroe.

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Congratulations to our 2017 Haji Family Scholarship recipient, Molly Thompson. The Monroe Historical Society is proud to offer this annual scholarship to a graduating Monroe High School senior each year, thanks to a generous endowment from 1940 Monroe High School valedictorian Hiroko Haji. Society president, Tami Kinney, on right, presented this year’s award to Molly, who plans to attend the University of Washington in the fall.

 

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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!

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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.