2023 Haji Memorial Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Molly Laidlaw, our Class of 2023 scholarship winner. 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. Molly is pictured here with board members Tami Kinney and Dottie Simoni at the June awards ceremony.

Annual Membership Meeting

Join us on Saturday March 18th, 2023 for our Monroe Historical Society presentation titled Steamboats on the Snoqualmie. Local authors Steven Barker and Jack Russell will share the history and importance of steamboats on local rivers. Their new book “Steamboats on the Snoqualmie” was recently released and is the basis for their presentation. Please join us at 1:00 pm for the membership meeting. Mr. Barker and Mr. Russell will begin speaking at 1:30 pm. Followed by a Q & A session. All ages are welcome. We hope to see you at the Monroe Library.

Membership meeting/open house

The public, and especially members, are invited to attend an upcoming meeting and open house at the Monroe Historical Museum on Sunday, March 27, 2022. A short business meeting to elect trustees and review Society matters at 1:00 pm will be followed by an open house and tours of the old library space which is being renovated upstairs. The open house and tours will run until 3:00 pm. The museum is located at 207 E. Main St., Monroe, WA.

2021 Evergreen State Fair

The Monroe Historical Society is happy to announce that the historic Shannahan Cabin will be open for visitors at this year’s Evergreen State Fair, running August 26 through September 6, 2021. Hours for the cabin are 10:30am to 8:00pm, with hosts available to greet you and answer questions.

Fall 2018 Program

Join us for our Fall Program coming up soon! Mark your calendars for October 27, when local historian Connie Goss explores the Wagner family and its lasting impact on the community. George and Anna Wagner and their children, Charles, Frank and Rose arrived in Monroe in 1906. George and Charles were the primary owners and operators of one of the largest lumber mills in the state, located a few miles north of town. In addition to Wagner Mill, which closed in 1936, the family was also known for their large stately home on W. Main St. and their generosity to the community, which included funding to build schools and Wagner Auditorium. The two hour program begins at 1:00pm at the Monroe Library, located at 1070 Village Way, Monroe. Light refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there!

2018 Historic Homes Tour

George Dishmaker House

The 2018 Historic Homes Tour will take place this summer to allow home owners to share their beautiful gardens and plantings with visitors, as well as their homes. So mark your calendars for Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are now on sale online and at the Monroe Historical Museum on Main Street. Tickets are $15 and serve as a donation to the Monroe Historical Society as well as admission to seven beautiful homes and the 1908 City Hall Building. Spend a Saturday touring some of Monroe’s beautiful old homes and meet some of the dedicated owners who are committed to restoring and preserving them. Online tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3440385

March program and annual meeting

Wednesday, March 14 is the date for this year’s (2018) annual membership meeting, followed by a wonderful historical program. Mario Vega, Monroe High and WSU graduate, will be presenting on Monroe WWII hero, Tom Haji. Mario has done extensive research and writing on Tom Haji’s life and family who, as Japanese-Americans, were interned during the War. The short business portion of the evening starts at 6:00pm, followed immediately by the program. Location, as usual, is at the Monroe Library meeting room, 1070 Village Way, Monroe.