The Redmond Historical Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, located in Redmond, Washington. We are recognized as a primary source of historical information in the greater Redmond area. Our membership is open to anyone interested in supporting the mission of the Society and learning more about local, regional and Washington State history.
Redmond Historical Society thrives on volunteers and financial donations. Our volunteers serve on committees, assist with projects, serve as Board Members and otherwise help support the mission of the Society.
The mission of the Redmond Historical Society is to educate, advocate, and serve the Redmond area by documenting, collecting, housing and displaying, the history of the people, places and events that illustrate the City's heritage.
The Redmond Historical Society was founded in 1999 by a small of group of citizens passionate about our local history. The first meeting was held on May 29 at the city library with 23 supporters in attendance. It was a time of tremendous growth in and around Redmond, yet no one was documenting our heritage, some of which was disappearing. Our first action was to lobby for, and secure, city landmark status for 16 structures. Shortly after, we were a partner in the creation of the Historic Downtown kiosk at Leary and Redmond Way; moved into our current office at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center; and drafted our first Walking Tour brochure.
Since then we have undertaken many initiatives that have today resulted in an extensive collection of historical documents, pictures and artifacts as well as oral histories. Our computer based archive of photographs and scanned data comprises over 30,000 records. Our organization has grown to become one of the largest and most active civic organizations in the city.
Over the years, the Society has hosted a wide variety of engaging speakers at its monthly Saturday membership programs. Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Society will continue this tradition with the Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series.*
Read a detailed outline of Society history.