The first meeting of the Redmond Historical Society was called to order at 1:00 PM by Naomi Hardy, acting president. Twenty-two people attended the meeting. Naomi Hardy introduced Miguel Llanos who was acting treasurer and Margaret Wiese who was acting secretary. Attendees then introduced themselves and spoke briefly about their interests. An informal discussion followed. Charles Payton talked about forming an historical society. Articles of incorporation must be filed with the state to qualify for status as a non-profit group. Then a mission (general purpose of the group) and a vision for its future should be developed. Naomi Hardy suggested that specifics of this be discussed at the next meeting. And the rest was, as they say, history.

Voting-Board of Directors


Officer Elections 2014

Candidate Biographies


President, Joe Townsend


Joe, has volunteered for the Redmond Historical Society since 2008 when he was appointed as a Director at Large and as Chair of the Governance Committee. The Governance Committee, working closely with the Board of Directors, gained approval of a five-year Long Range Plan that ran through 2013, reached consensus on the revised Society Bylaws that were approved by the Membership in 2009, introducing the Society’s current Committee Structure, and lead the effort to publish the Board-approved Society Operating Procedures. Joe was Elected V.P. Finance in 2010 and reelected in 2012. During that time he significantly revised the Society budgeting financial reporting procedures. As a member of the Executive Committee, Joe was instrumental in bringing forward the 2014-2017 Long Range Plan and Actions Plans.


Joe is a graduate of San Jose State University, with a BA degree in Economics. He has also completed graduate work in Risk Management through the Insurance Institute of America. Joe served in the U.S. Navy where he attained the rank of Lieutenant, filling various line officer roles, including Chief Engineer. He is the recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal.


Joe was employed by Safeco Commercial Insurance for 32 years, ending his career as an Assistant Director on the Home Office staff of Safeco’s Risk Services Dept. He is a Retired Certified Safety Professional and holds a diploma as an Associate in Risk Management. During his safety career, Joe was active in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) where he volunteered at the local chapter and National Board of Directors, with one year as V. P. Finance and a member of the Society Board's Executive Committee.


Following his career with Safeco, Joe joined Seattle Goodwill Industries as their Risk and Safety Manager for four years.


Joe has received Awards such as ASSE Region I, Safety Professional of the Year 1998; Charles V, Culberston, Outstanding Volunteer Achievement, 1996; Puget Sound Chapter's Safety Professional of the Year, 1987. Joe was elected ASSE Fellow in 2003.


Following a profitable run as a Risk Management consultant, Joe now operates a small business restoring and retouching photographs.


Joe has lived in Redmond, WA with his wife Doris since the mid 70's, where they raised two daughters. Prior to Redmond, Joe and Doris lived in the Denver area and Southern Calif.


Senior Vice President, Mary Hanson


Mary Hanson, a resident of Redmond since 1984, has served on the Redmond Historical Society Board as Membership Chairman and in 2009 was elected Society Secretary. Mary is from Lind, Washington and graduated from Washington State University. She will soon be retiring from Group Health after 33 years and plans to continue to volunteer for the Redmond Historical Society.


Secretary, Lori Perrigo


Lori has past experience as the Secretary and President of another non-profit association. She formerly worked at the Marymoor Eastside History Museum and as a member of the extended Perrigo family has a strong interest in Redmond History. Lori is employed as a Designer at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond and she also runs a small business in Redmond and assists with her husband’s construction and development business. She lives in Redmond with her husband and young daughter.


Vice President Finance, Edward D. O'Brien


Ed is a Certified Public Accountant formerly licensed to practice public accountancy in the states of Washington, Pennsylvania, Texas and California. He worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. for nine years in their Seattle, Philadelphia and Dallas offices.


From 1971 to 1991, Ed was, successively, Vice President and Treasurer, Senior Vice President-­ Finance & Administration, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and a Managing General Partner of Lincoln Property Company (Dallas, TX) and/or its then Western Regional affiliate, Lincoln Property Company N.C., Inc. (Foster City, CA), now separately known as Legacy Partners.

From 1993 to 1999, Ed was employed by Vail Resorts Development Co. as its Sr. Vice Pres. & Chief Financial Officer, and from 1999 to 2001, he served as Exec. Vice President—Real Estate Development for Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Inc.

In the 43 years since leaving the practice of public accountancy, Ed concentrated his professional activities in the area of real estate development with particular emphasis, since being employed by Vail Resorts, Inc. in mountain village marketing and design, development and construction, sales and leasing, and finance.

Separate from real estate development activities, Ed has served the following organizations:

  • 1982 to 1998, Trustee of Washington State University Foundation, Pullman, WA—Secretary, 1987 to 1989.
  • 1991 to 1997, Director of Delta Dental Plan of California—a $2 billion dental insurance company based in San Francisco, CA.
  • 1993 to 1998, Director of Colorado Ski Museum and Ski Hall of Fame, Vail, CO
  • 1997 to 2002, Director of the Heuga Center for M.S., Edwards, CO—an organization dedicated to assisting persons with Multiple Sclerosis live better and more productive lives through research, education, diet and exercise.
  • 1998 to 2009, Director of Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, CO; Chairman of the Board of Directors, August 2002 to December 2006; Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, October 2004 to June 2005 and Chairman of Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation, WMC's fund raising affiliate, January 2007 to March 2009.
  • 2002 to 2006, Director of Cordillera Valley Club Metropolitan District, Edwards, CO
  • 2003 to 2012, Director (Chairman from May 2008 to May 2012) of Eagle River Fire Protection District, Avon, CO


Ed’s education and military experience is:

  • 1962 graduate of Washington State University, Pullman, WA with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
  • 1963 to 1966, U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officer with the final rank of Lieutenant.   Most of such service was with the U.S. Sixth Fleet assigned to NATO.


Mission, Vision & History


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.


Society Mission

Redmond Historical Society serves the community through stewardship: collecting, preserving and sharing Redmond’s unique heritage.


Society Vision

Redmond Historical Society is recognized as a dynamic, beneficial, and responsive community resource for everything historical in the community. Through our staff, volunteers and programs we serve the diverse community – families and schools, business and civic organizations, and government – attracting experienced leaders, supportive donors, and enthusiastic members.


Society History

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. The Society continues this tradition with the Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series.


Read a detailed outline of Society history.

Member Benefits

lifetime_membershipMembers receive a membership card, no-cost admission to our Saturday Speaker Series and annual picnic, a free newsletter, and camaraderie with descendants of Redmond's historic families as well as other citizens who are interested in learning about the history of the area in which we live.


Most importantly, members receive the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting a very active historical society working to discover, preserve and celebrate the City's heritage. Membership dues are critical to our funding. They go towards the installation and maintenance of heritage displays in public spaces, such as Redmond's centennial celebration in 2012 and safeguarding precious records and artifacts.


Our members are interesting and fun people who share a common belief: Redmond has a heritage worth protecting for future generations. Please consider joining today!


Read more about becoming a member.

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


program_speaker_WEBJoin us for the Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series. Programs range from residents speaking about childhood memories of growing up in the area to regional experts on such topics as the history of local logging, the Lake Washington shipyards or a discussion of slavery, Civil War and the Northwest.


The Society hosts eight speakers a year, (January-May, September-November). Programs are scheduled on the second Saturday of each listed month, 10:30 am-noon, in the Cotterill Auditorium at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center (ORSCC) at 16600 NE 80th Street, Redmond, WA, the same building that houses the Society Office.


Each program includes a presentation on some aspect of Redmond, regional, Eastside, or Statewide history. Redmond Historical Society offers our Saturday Speaker Series at no charge to members and a suggested $5 donation to the public.


The Society also hopes to increase awareness of the activities the organization and the important work of historical preservation. Preceding the program, we will say a few words about some aspect of the work of the Society. A few items of Society business may also be conducted such as acknowledging a special volunteer.


The Society's annual membership meeting is held each November as a part of the Saturday program.


Click button below to read about our  Saturday Speaker Series programs, September 2014 through May 2015.


Society News Archive

As an active organization, we have our own on-going history. Periodically, we are the subject of a local news story referencing, for example, an exhibit or our annual History Hero Awards. Below you will find a list of articles and other documentation related to the past activities of the Redmond Historical Society and its members:

Other Events

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