A Newsletter of the White River Valley Museum

October 2003

Picture This
Historic Photographs from the Museum's collection now on the Internet

by Dr. Tina Brewster Wray, Curator of Collections

  Over the past two years the museum has been participating in an exciting collaborative project, with the result that 400 of our most interesting photographic images are now available worldwide on the Internet. This searchable database provides a significant resource for people interested in learning more about the history of our area, as well as national and international exposure for our museum and our wonderful collection.

First Central School, Auburn 1889
First Central School, Auburn. 1889. Left to right: Nellie (horse), unk., unk.,
John Meade, Jules Erickson, Ernest Meade.  WRVM #107

This project, called "Crossing Organizational Boundaries", was funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and managed by the UW Libraries and the Museum of History and Industry. When the project is completed, late this fall, an online source of 12,000 images contributed by 12 different King County historical museums and organizations will have been established. It is an honor that our museum was selected to be one of the participants and that our fine collection of historic South King County images will be represented in this major database.

Sparhawk children in VFW Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps uniforms
Sparhawk children in VFW Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps uniforms, c. 1939.
Left to right: Elaine, Fred, Enid and little brother LeRoy.
WRVM #3859

The 400 images selected from our collection of over 6000 photographs reflect a range of people, activities and history of our area. Included among these images from Auburn, Kent, the "lost towns" of Thomas, Christopher, O'Brien and Orillia are various: businesses, churches, schools, city buildings, homes, families, sports teams, class photographs and farms. Accompanying each image is descriptive information, including: date of the photograph, photographer, names of people, location, etc. You can access our images through a link from the museum's website (www.wrvmuseum.org) and the entire collection of 12,000 images from King County can be found at www.kcsnapshots.org. Enjoy!

Iseri & Terada family children, c. 1915
Iseri & Terada family children, c. 1915. Front row, left to right: Minoru Terada, Sakae Terada, Tom Iseri holding Masato Iseri.
Back row: Mike Iseri, George Terada.  WRVM #458

After over a decade of service to this museum, Tina Brewster-Wray and her husband Mike have returned home to Indiana to be closer to family. We shall miss her.

Horse-drawn milk wagon (c. 1905)
Horse-drawn milk wagon (c. 1905). Reinhold Swanson (driver)
and Oscar Anderson.  WRVM #603

Dr. Tina Brewster Wray