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.

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

History of Redmond Historical Society 1999 - 2012

RHS Founders

Left to Right: Founding Members John Couch and Holly Plackett;
Founding Officers Naomi Hardy, Miguel Llanos, Margaret Wiese



  • Society founded — first meeting, Redmond Library, May 22
  • Founding Officers:
    • Naomi Hardy — President
    • Miguel Llanos — Vice President
    • Margaret Wiese — Secretary
  • RHS advocates protecting historic buildings and sites
  • Doris Schaible appointed to the Board, serving through 2012




  • RHS holds first election:
  • Nao Hardy, President
  • Miguel Llanos, VP
  • Margaret Wiese, Secretary
  • Don Watts, Treasurer
  • First oral history completed —Dorothy White Hanscom
  • Bellevue Historical Society and Marymoor Museum merge
  • RHS partners to create historical kiosk in O’Leary Park
  • RHS moves into Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
  • “Historic Downtown Redmond Walking Tour” brochure
  • Pat Dugan’s watercolor of T & D Feeds




  • RHS farming implements for Farell-McWhirter Park
  • Naomi Hardy receives Citizen of the Year Award
  • Strategic Planning discussion
  • Perrigo Park initiative with City




  • RHS publishes Historic Barns calendar
  • 1st  Historic Downtown Redmond Walking Tour
  • Miguel Llanos elected President
  • RHS partners with City for 10 historic street signs
  • Judy Lang joins Board
  • Farell-McWhirter Park video produced
  • Membership meetings move to Auditorium
  • RHS launches Web site




  • RHS & DECA produce Redmond Trivia Game
  • Redmond Reflections goes to printer
  • “Ladies of the Nokomis Club Founded Redmond Public Library” plaque installed.
  • E-mailing newsletter
  • City 90th Birthday celebration
  • Saturday Market Information booth
  • Derby Days Float




  • RHS advocates naming of “Perrigo Springs”
  • RHS encourages upkeep of the historic Old Redmond Cemetery
  • Archive Notebooks started




  • First annual Society picnic
  • Training for personal, oral history interviews




  • RHS produces DVD “A View from History”
  • RHS given City Arts Award for the 2005
  • 1st History Hero Award –Mayor Rosemarie Ives
  • “Redmond Reflections” book is published
  • RHS opposes water treatment facility at Anderson Park
  • Work begins on restoring and documenting old school bell
  • RHS hires first staff, Beryl Standley




  • Chris Himes Joins the Board
  • Historical DVDs published
  • RHS received “Breakthrough” Non-Profit Award




  • First annual budget, adds to year-end financial statements
  • 5-Year Long-Range Plan approved
  • Begin using Past Perfect Museum software
  • Anderson Park on State & National Historic Registries




  • New website launched
  • Began work on Centennial projects
  • Revised Bylaws approved
  • Using VolunteerMatch.com website
  • School Bell installed & dedicated
  • Centennial Quilt Project started
  • First Operating Procedures Approved




  • Display space in the Liquor Store, Brown’s Garage
  • New Brochure published
  • Adopted StEPS Museum Assessment program
  • Employee Handbook approved




  • 1st Historical Preservation Grant from City
  • Added PayPal payments to website
  • Conducted Centennial Quilt Raffle
  • Reframed Dudley Carter panels for display
  • Began accepting credit cards




  • Presented a tribute to Co-Founder Naomi Hardy
  • Membership Cards printed for all members
  • RHS advocated preserving trees on the Group Health site
  • Conducted a Museum Growth Plan with consultant
  • New Membership Brochure published

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