History of the Historical Society
In 1972 Ray Cloud, publisher of the Edmonds Tribune newspaper, gave Doug Egan a copy of his book Edmonds, Gem of Puget Sound. Although Doug and Dorothy Egan were already longtime history buffs, they became well acquainted with Edmonds’ history and began to dream about a historical society which would document this history and preserve artifacts integral to its beginnings.
Doug consulted with Al Kincaid, newly elected president of the Chamber of Commerce, and together they convinced the Chamber to sponsor the project and advance the $100 needed for incorporation.
That December, a steering committee met at the Yesteryear Restaurant. The group drafted a constitution and by-laws, and to agree to file Articles of Incorporation for the Edmonds-South Snohomish County Historical Society – the name we still bear today.
In January 1973, Mayor Harve Harrison agreed to let the society use the old Carnegie Library building; in March the Edmonds City Council voted to make the building available, and the paperwork was begun. The first elected officers were: Doug Egan, president; LeRoy Middleton, vice-president; Mary Neilsen, secretary. The first elected Board Members were: Loren Bartlett, Chester Bennett, Margaret Douglas, J.W. Goulder, Harold Seaborg, Bernard Sigler, James Warren and Norma Whaley. Margaret Douglas and Norma Whaley were appointed as the museum’s first co-directors. On August 3, 1973 the museum held its Grand Opening with 300 people attending.