Redmond Historical Society's History
Working together since 1999 to preserve and share Redmond's 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 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Since then we have undertaken many initiatives that have today resulted in an extensive collection of historical documents, pictures and artifacts as well as oral histories.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.
The Society has a full archive of our newsletters. Since our founding, we have recorded our events, awards, and Speaker Series topics in our Newsletter.