Monday, April 1, 2013

Issaquah History Museums Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Welcome to National Poetry Month, April 2013!

Small mother of pearl fountain pen with nib (89.014.033) and ink bottle (86.018.188) from the IHM collection.
What would I say
On this noted poetry day
Yes I wish I was a poet true
I then would tell my story to you
     Hilda Johanson Erickson, circa 1960

Today marks the first day of National Poetry Month, a thirty-day holiday that gives us a welcome excuse to celebrate the works of some of Issaquah’s most noted poets. Since the late 1800s, our poets have told their stories through verse: tales of heart-rending loss, anger, joy, and repose. Our museum collections include the curse of a miner, rhyming instructions on the feeding of mine mules, and humorous couplets by young students. Most of the poetry, however, pays homage to Issaquah and its natural beauty. It is tribute to a time when people felt strong community connections and had moments to reflect on the joys of living here.

Over the month we’ll share some of our favorite Issaquah poetry, including more verse by Hilda Johanson Erickson. Watch Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for links that will take you on a tour of Issaquah’s poetic past. We’d also like to share your stories. If you have a poem about Issaquah, post it to our Facebook page or send it to us at info@issaquahhistory.org.

Our ability to share the Museums’ collections with you was made possible by a grant from 4Culture and generous donations from our members and the community. If you’d like to support our work, you can help in the following ways:


- Visit either of our museums (or both!) in Issaquah.

Gilman Town Hall Museum
1
65 SE Andrews Street, Issaquah, WA 98027

Hours:
Thursday- Saturday, 11am-3pm

Admission:
$2/adult, $1/child, $5/family of 3+
$10 family pass gives all-day access to both museums
Friends of the Issaquah History Museums visit for free


Issaquah Depot Museum
78 First Avenue NE, Issaquah, WA 98027

Hours:
Friday- Sunday, 11am-3pm

Admission:
$2/adult, $1/child, $5/family of 3+
$10 family pass gives all-day access to both museums
Friends of the Issaquah History Museums visit for free


- Join us! Become a member of the Issaquah History Museums.

- Make a donation.

- Volunteer!

- Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and our blog.

- Subscribe to our newsletter.


So follow us this month as we share with you some of the more poetic aspects of our local history!

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