Museum exhibit offers a rich visual journey through Edmonds past

By Katie Kelly | Feb 04, 2017
Courtesy of: Edmonds Historical Museum Gertie Perrin rides in Edmonds Fourth of July parade in 1986. The Perrinville neighborhood is named after her.
“Edmonds in Focus”
Where: Edmonds Historical Museum, 118 Fifth Ave. N, Edmonds
When: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
Admission: $5 adults, $2 students.


Everyone loves old photographs.

Many of us have boxes stored away in attics and closets, and each time we look through them we're transported to another time, enjoying that special visual connection to who we are and where we came from.

What you may not know is that the Edmonds Historical Museum also maintains thousands of images in its "digital attic," many dating back to the earliest days of our community.

For the past several months, a group of University of Washington students have been working on a joint project with the Edmonds Museum, poring over these images and hand picking a selection that goes on public display in a special new exhibit opening Feb. 4 called "Edmonds in Focus."

An overarching goal of the project is to help connect the historical content to our present-day lives through four main themes: family, community, work, and environment.

Through these, the students hope to inspire and encourage us to pull out our cameras and smartphones and begin documenting our own lives in Edmonds through photographs.

"With the Edmonds Historical Museum’s extensive collection of images, this exhibit will give the community a chance to see and explore many photographs from the collection that they may never have seen before.

The museum hopes the exhibit will encourage and inspire people to think about how they are recording their own lives and do so more regularly. With today’s explosion in digital photography, it’s certain that future museum will enjoy a wealth of material.

Katie Kelly is executive director of the Edmonds Historical Museum.


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