Celebrate Kirkland History during the month of February

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Above:  Photos from around Kirkland. Last year KHS celebrated Founder's Week. This year, they celebrate History Month.


[box type="note" style="rounded" border="full"]Kirkland Heritage Society(KHS) has created historic signs black & white signs that are being displayed by various businesses in Kirkland. The signs show a photo of the original/historic picture of the building or area and description. Last year there were 15 businesses downtown that participated. This year it has been expanded to include over 50 businesses in downtown, Carillon Point, Juanita and Totem Lake.

Keep an eye out as some merchants are having specials to promote their business during history month.

Also, don't forget to look up. KHS has created 12 vertical banners for Kirkland History Month that have been installed around the city. These banners are located from Carillon Point through downtown and north to 100th and Juanita to NE 132nd. There is also one on 128th near Evergreen Hospital. The banners show a picture of a historic building or person of historic significance to Kirkland.

One last note: At City Hall you will find a historical display which includes Peter Kirk’s Top Hat along with a variety of photos and history.[/box]

Originally published on Feb. 6, 2012

On Saturday, we spotted Loita Hawkinson, President, Kirkland Heritage Society, running around downtown Kirkland placing historical markers in the windows of various merchants as a reminder to the public of how Kirkland used to be. The historical photos and information are a part of the Kirkland Heritage Society's (KHS) effort to help make Kirkland's past come alive. We say thank you to KHS for reminding us of how little (and how much) things change over the years.

The Kirkland Heritage Society has long coordinated the recognition of Peter Kirk, primarily by asking the City of Kirkland to proclaim a week containing February 15, the birth date of Peter Kirk, as Founders Week. This year, the KHS has asked the City to proclaim the entire month of February as “Kirkland History Month” as a way to honor Kirkland’s rich history, its founders, and to recognize the history of Kirkland from members of the recently annexed Finn Hill, North Juanita, and Kingsgate neighborhoods.For historical information on Kirkland, visit the KHS website at www.kirklandheritage.org.

At the January 17, 2012 Kirkland City Council meeting, the following proclamation was made:


Proclaiming February 2012 as “Kirkland History Month” in the City of Kirkland, Washington

WHEREAS, the City of Kirkland has traditionally celebrated its rich history with the recognition of Peter Kirk’s birth date on February 15 by proclaiming Founder’s Week in the month of February; and

WHEREAS, the Kirkland Heritage Society has raised public awareness of Kirkland’s history by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and sharing all aspects of the history and heritage of Kirkland and its people; and

WHEREAS, the Kirkland Heritage Society has been able to expand the scope of recognizing Kirkland’s past to include downtown and the Juanita and Lakeview Neighborhoods thanks to a grant from 4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County; and

WHEREAS, with the annexation of the Finn Hill, North Juanita, and Kingsgate neighborhoods in 2011, Kirkland’s history of these areas has been integrated into the Kirkland Heritage Society’s programs and outreach; and

WHEREAS, as part of Kirkland History Month, local businesses will display informational signs at their businesses describing the historical importance of their sites;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Joan McBride, Mayor of the City of Kirkland, do hereby proclaim the month of February 2012 as “Kirkland History Month” in Kirkland, Washington and urge all citizens of Kirkland to honor the memory of those who helped form our City, to learn about Kirkland’s cultural and historic past, and to share memories, photographs, and stories to keep Kirkland’s history alive.

Signed this 17th day of January, 2012


Joan McBride, Mayor