- Research & Education
- Oral History
Everyone loves old photographs.
Many of us have boxes of these stored away in attics and closets, and each time we look through them we’re transported to another time, enjoying that special visual connection to who we are and where we came from.
What you may not know is that the Edmonds Historical Museum also maintains thousands of images in its “digital attic,” many dating back to the earliest days of our community.
And for the past several months a group of U.W. students have been working on a joint project with the Edmonds Museum, poring over these images and hand-picking a stunning selection that will go on public display in a special new exhibit opening February 4 called “Edmonds in Focus.”
An overarching goal of the project is to help connect the historical content to our present- day lives through four main themes: family, community, work, and environment. Through these, the students hope to inspire and encourage us to pull out our cameras and smart phones and begin documenting our own lives in Edmonds through photographs.
“With the Edmonds Historical Museum’s extensive collection of images, this exhibit will give the community a chance to see and explore many photographs from the collection that they may never have seen before,” said Museum Director Katie Kelly. “We also hope that this exhibit will encourage and inspire people to think about how they are recording their own lives and to do so more regularly. With today’s explosion in digital photography, it’s certain that future museums will enjoy a wealth of material.”