Saturday Speaker Series


10:30 a.m. Second Saturday • September to May (no program in December)

Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center • 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond WA

$5.00 Suggested Donation for Non-Members

Speakers subject to change


2013-2014 Speaker Schedule   (Scroll down to see list of feature each month)


Tom Hitzroth

Saturday, September 14, 2013




Tom Hitzroth


Early settlers established the hub of Redmond in the area of today's Value Village, but the center of town eventually moved slightly west. Local historian, Tom Hitzroth, will tell the fascinating story of the development of Redmond as it emerged from a settlement to a town. He will also provide insight into the investigative work involved in locating historic buildings that no longer exist. What happened to the original post office, jail, meat market and the home of founder Luke McRedmond among others?


Tom Hitzroth is a lifelong resident of the Eastside and recognized local historian. He is currently Chair of the King County Landmarks Commission, Chair of the Redmond City Landmarks Commission, and Vice-President of the Association of King County Historic Organizations (AKCHO). He has been an historian since 1998 and has worked at identifying the details of the development of the City of Redmond from its earliest homestead times to 1930.


Lance Rhoades

Saturday, October 12, 2013





Lance Rhoades


The public image of American Indians has been more defined by cinema than that of any other people in history. When one considers, for example, that as many as 25 percent of all films made from 1900 to 1950 were Westerns – which frequently represented American Indians as violent obstacles to progress – the lingering implications are staggering. This conversation, led by cinema scholar Lance Rhoades, will prompt us to address the formidable role cinema has played in producing and perpetuating perceptions of American Indians, as well as raise questions about identity, stereotypes and cinema that have no easy answers.


Lance Rhoades completed his graduate work at the University of Washington, where he has taught several courses on American Indians in Cinema and has also been a researcher and instructor in the American Indian Studies Department. He was a recipient of the UW's Excellence in Teaching Award. Rhoades has given lectures internationally on cultural history in film, and each year he teaches a course in the humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is director of film studies at the Seattle Film Institute. Lance is speaking courtesy of Humanities WA.


Larry Kreisman


Saturday, November 9, 2013




Larry Kreisman


The ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement --a celebration of craftsmanship and the creative process; an appreciation of sound construction, pleasing proportion, grace, and simplicity; and a comfortable rusticity that sees beauty in nature and honors indigenous materials--found fertile ground in Washington and Oregon in the first quarter of the 20th century. Both states participated actively in the national Arts and Crafts movement encouraged by exposure at two world's fairs that put the Pacific Northwest on the national and international map--Portland's Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition (1905) and Seattle's Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909). There were significant contributions to a broad range of design arts, some of the most successful strongly influenced by the remarkable setting, climate, local raw materials, crafts of native inhabitants, and exposure to Pacific Rim cultures.


This presentation, based upon a book by Lawrence Kreisman and Glenn Mason, The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest (Timber Press, 2007) and the subsequent traveling exhibition, explores this theme of regional identity. Examples in architecture, interior design, furniture, decorative and applied arts, and fine arts demonstrate the remarkable variety of progressive, architect-designed residences, bungalows for everyone, and all manner of artistic and practical furnishings and accessories that were the handiwork of anonymous amateurs and significant regional artists alike.


Lawrence Kreisman, Hon. AIA Seattle, is Program Director of Historic Seattle, which produced an annual Bungalow Fair and Arts and Crafts lecture series for 14 years. He has been recognized for significant work in bringing public attention to the Northwest's architectural heritage and its preservation through courses, tours, exhibits, lectures, articles, and seven books. His publications include Apartments by Anhalt; The Stimson Legacy: Architecture in the Urban West; The Bloedel Reserve: Gardens in the Forest; Made to Last: Historic Preservation in Seattle and King County, and Dard Hunter: The Graphic Works, as well as hundreds of design features in national magazines and The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine.


Janet Oakley

Saturday, January 11, 2014




Janet Oakley


During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. Thousands of desperate young men from the East Coast came to Washington State to work in the woods alongside local boys to build bridges, roads and park buildings. During this conversation, historian Janet Oakley will talk about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Washington and explore the impact they had on our state's natural resources and on the men who worked to preserve them.


Janet Oakley is a writer, historian and former educator at the Skagit County Historical Museum. She grew up listening to her mother's stories about the Civilian Conservation Corps boys from "New Joisey," who occupied a rugged side camp up the creek from her uncle's ranch. Oakley writes social studies and history curricula for schools, national parks and museums. She has published in historical journals, including an upcoming article on the ship Ann Parry for the Sea Chest maritime journal, and wrote the award-winning novel Tree Soldier. Oakley currently lives in Bellingham and is speaking courtesy of Humanities WA.


Sherry Grindeland

Saturday, February 8, 2014




Sherry Grindeland


Learn about all things flying related on the Eastside: early birdmen, airports that once dotted the area and some wishful thinking on city planners and business people. Former Seattle Times reporter, Sherry Grindeland, will also discuss the Eastside's prominence in air defense during World War II and the Cold War and as well as the local connection to the D.B. Cooper mystery.


Sherry Grindeland is a stauch supporter of local history organizations. A former Seattle Times and Journal American reporter, Grindeland has written numerous historical articles.


Erik Erikson

Saturday, March 8, 2014





Eric Erickson


As late as the 1920's, there were still many old growth trees on Union Hill east of Redmond and logging was dominated by the Siler Logging Company. Trees from this area were taken via a special twenty five mile railroad from Ames Lake to Bromart, just south of Snohomish. Local historian and author, Eric Erickson, will present a detailed slide show featuring the building of the Siler Logging railroad as well as felling, bucking, and yarding big trees along Redmond's east side by Siler crews and how those logs were transported north. He will also discuss the types of railroad and logging equipment in use by Siler crews and why Harry O. Siler's operations and his business relationship with Weyerhaeuser Timber Company and Port Blakely Mill Company eventually ended.


Eric Erickson is a northwest Washington logging, sawmill and railroad historian who grew up in Issaquah. He is author of "Lumber Businesses and Mills King County 1853-2001" and has an upcoming book titled "Along The Border: Logging and Mills along the Snohomish-King County Border". Erickson is a past president of Issaquah History Museums, past board member of Association of King County Historical Organizations and a member of the Hoo-Hoo's International Organization of the Forest Products Industry.


Steve Greaves

Saturday, April 12, 2014


The Sammamish Slough Race - 1933 - 1976: Recollections and Memories


 Steve Greaves, Seattle Outboard Association


In the era before Major League sports in Seattle, boat racing was king.  Along with the Seafair races on Green Lake and Lake Washington, the Sammamish Slough Race was one of the premier Northwest outboard racing events.  Held each spring, the Slough Race drew thousands of spectators to watch the dare-devil outboard drivers jump logs and dodge bridge pilings on the narrow winding 13-mile marathon with 63 turns from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish.  Steve will moderate a panel of former Slough Race drivers and officials to give the audience a feel for the challenges and excitement of this by-gone event. 


Steve Greaves is a 50-year member of the Seattle Outboard Association and raced 4 times in the Sammamish Slough Race.  Steve has set over 30 World and National water speed records and has been inducted into the American Power Boat Association's Hall of Champions 7 times.



Saturday, May 10, 2014




In 1952, former insurance agent Bill Nelson made his first real estate land purchase in Redmond, and chose to eventually locate his business and raise his family there as well. Over the next 65 years, the family business, Nelson Legacy Group, grew to include many additional commercial properties in Redmond and other communities including some in Eastern Washington. Today, after their father’s passing in 2004, the five siblings carry on the business.   Buff and Mike Nelson will reflect on their father’s legacy and share a bird’s eye view of the development and growth of the city from both the perspective of commercial property developers and native sons.


Buff and Mike Nelson

Nelson Legacy Group




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