Issaquah History Museums Head for a New Vision


As the Issaquah History Museums celebrate their 50e anniversary, the organization is also embarking on an extensive transition process. Following the departure of Executive Director Erica Maniez, who served museums for 22 years, the staff and board of trustees at Issaquah History Museums see an opportunity to reinvent what a museum is and what he can be for his community.

According to Board Chair Julia Belgrave, staff and the Board remain committed to the organization’s stated values ​​of being authentic, representing the community, working with purpose and living the world. pleasure.

In the spring of 2020, the museums began working to understand the role it plays in diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. According to Belgrave, the organization hopes to grow in understanding and work to embody that knowledge within the Issaquah history museums.

The new vision for the museums includes continuing to create a more equitable and sustainable governance and leadership structure, which translates into refraining from hiring a new CEO.

Issaquah History Museums will form a task force comprised of staff, board and community members to improve the museums both internally and for the community. The organization hopes to engage with those it has already partnered with, as well as forge new collaborative relationships.

For the task force, the organization is looking for volunteer members of the community and organizations who are willing to learn and collaborate with board members and staff to advise and create proposals for the board. Issaquah History Museums Administration. For interested volunteers, experience, skills and knowledge are required in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance (budgets, fundraising and development, best practices, among others).
  • Facilities (state of buildings, security, lighting, organization, sanitation).
  • Archives and Collection (fair access policy, disposal process and review).
  • Operations, governance, leadership (learning fair, sustainable and flat models, creating transparency, healthcare).
  • Education (community relations and partnerships, best practices and standards for research and online education, among others).
  • Technology (security, hardware and software audit, data storage and backup, best practices).

Issaquah History Museums is interested in hearing from community members and organizations who have the required experience and are committed to the values ​​of the organization.

For those interested in getting involved with the organization, email Julia Belgrave at

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