South Snohomish County Historical Society storage is history — can you help?

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The Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society needs your help!

Thanks to generous donations from citizens and businesses over the years, the society has added many family treasures and community artifacts to the Edmonds Museum collection. While some of these are on permanent display, most are kept in storage and brought out for special exhibits like the recent “Toys of Yesteryear.”

As the collection grew, storage of these treasures became a challenge.

In the past, the Edmonds School District has come to the rescue, providing low-cost storage space in surplus schools. But expanding student populations, programs and facilities are forcing the School District to reclaim this space, and as a result the Museum collection needs a new home by June, 2015.

The Historical Society is now appealing to the community for help in finding this new home. Requirements are 2,000-plus square feet of safe, dry, heated (and preferably cooled) long-term space in South Snohomish County or North King County.

As a “not for profit” organization, funds are limited, but the Museum’s 501(c) 3 status may provide tax benefits for generous property owners. Appropriate recognition or naming will also be made available. If you know of such space, or have ideas, call the museum at 425-774-0900.

In addition to being the custodians of our local history, the Edmonds Historical Museum and the Historical Society are active members of the community, sponsoring numerous events throughout the year. These include the annual Scarecrow Festival, the Summer Farmers’ Market and Spring Garden Market, the Halloween Haunted Museum, and the annual Heritage Days Banquet and Auction.

The Museum is open year-round between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but opens early on market days. Suggested donation in lieu of an admission fee is $5 for adults, and $2 for students.

Learn more at the Museum’s website, www.historicedmonds.org/

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