2015 Quilt Winner

Winner of the 2014 historic quilt, Sharon Howard, is shown at left holding her prize. Longtime member and historical society supporter, Sharon was thrilled with her win. Congratulations Sharon!

Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House!

Members and the public are invited to the annual Monroe Historical Society Holiday Open House. Come see friends, visit the museum and enjoy warm drinks and cookies. Saturday, December 5, 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Monroe Historical Museum, 207 E.Main St., Monroe, WA.

First Field Trip 2015-16

Fourth, 2015 field trip 1Fifth and Sixth grade students from Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe visited the Monroe Historical Museum October 8. Students participated in chores and other activities of a century ago, a walking tour of downtown and time in the museum itself, including a visit to the still intact jail cell. A fine time was had by all. This is one of the 5 FieldTripmany activities available for volunteers. If you would like to help, contact the museum or drop by during open hours.

Gone But Not Forgotten

‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ program June 3 at Park Place Middle School a huge success

Park Place Middle School 8th graders presented their research and efforts to refurbish and complete a WWII monument and honor the eighteen young men who lost their lives fighting in the war. The monument, originally installed at Monroe’s Memorial Field on Kelsey Street in 1951, has largely been forgotten. Some of the money needed to improve the monument was raised during theWW2memorial program, which was well attended by the public and city officials.  A panel, consisting of veterans Merv Boyes, Tom Parry and Russ Dean, talked and answered questions after the students’ presentation. Donations to complete the memorial, which can be sent to the Monroe Historical Society, are much appreciated.

Condensery, Fall Program

The Public is invited to join the Monroe Historical Society at its Fall Program, Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Monroe Library, 818 Village Way. In conjunction with the recent painting of the landmark smokestack, Bob Kosters, archivist for the Carnation-Nestle Company, will present the history of the Carnation milk brand in the area and the history of the Carnation Condensery that was at the site of the stack in Monroe from 1908 to 1929. Doors open at 6:30pm for light refreshments and visiting, with the program beginning at 7:00.

On Saturday, February 1, 177 enthusiastic Monroe School District students packed into Monroe High School to participate in the beginning round of the National History Day contest. The event, sponsored by the History Channel and coordinated  by historical society volunteer Gail Dillaway, displayed some amazing talent on the part of the students. Categories included displays, websites, dramatic presentations, documentaries (these young people really know how to work with technology), and written material. With much effort the judges narrowed the field to those who may now move on to the regional contest to be held mid-March at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Congratulations to all who entered!

Winners of the National History Day competition, Feb. 1, 2014

Winners of the National History Day competition, Feb. 1, 2014

 

early mon cover “Early Monroe” by Monroe author and historian Dexter Taylor now available at Monroe Historical Museum and other locations. With 200 beautiful historic photos, several never published before, this makes a wonderful gift!

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