SoCoCulture Heritage

Des Moines Historical Society

The Des Moines Historical Society provides for the collection and preservation of historical records, artifacts, and various other items related to local, state and national history within the Des Moines Museum. Greg Knutson Box 98055; Des Moines WA 98198 206.824.5226

Greater Kent Historical Society

The Greater Kent Historical Society operates the Kent Historical Museum, which is located in the Bereiter House in downtown Kent. Built in 1908, the historic home is furnished with period furniture and exhibits of local artifacts. Garden artwork commemorates the local Japanese American Community, and the Blue Star Memorial By-Way remembers Veterans of America’s Armed Forces. Stephen Chandler, Museum Director 855 E Smith Street; Kent WA 98030 253.854.4330

Highline Historical Society

Highline Historical Society provides public historical programs throughout Highline and mounts exhibits at SeaTac City Hall, 4800 S 188th Street. Our members are anticipating our new museum in historic Burien soon.  We welcome volunteers. Cyndi Upthegrove, Managing Trustee PO Box 317; Seahurst, WA  98062 206.246.6354

Historical Society of Federal Way

The Historical Society of Federal Way serves its public through researching, preserving, teaching, documenting and indexing the human history of the Greater Federal Way area to build a sense of community, identity, and heritage. Diana Noble-Gulliford PO Box 25430; Federal Way WA  98093 253.945.7842

JoAnne Matsumura

JoAnne Matsumura has over 30 years of experience conducting historical and genealogical research on behalf of various South King County historical societies and museums, as well as families and individuals. As a historical museum archivist, she has researched all aspects of local history, including business operations, cultural issues, and land-use and related matters, as well as extensive genealogical research on families throughout the United States. As a locally-based Tax Professional, she is accustomed to professional standard business practices and attention to detail. 425.392.7673...

Karen Meador

Karen Meador is an award-winning writer and historian. Her work has appeared in numerous venues including Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History. She is an AKCHO Board Member and served on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the King County Historic Preservation Program Strategic Plan. She received the 2015 AKCHO Long Term Project Award for the brochure, Military Road: A Lasting Legacy, the first comprehensive examination of the historic Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Road....

Maple Valley Historical Society

The Maple Valley Historical Society is preserving the history of the Maple Valley, Hobart, Taylor, and Ravensdale areas. The Society has three museums depicting what life has been like in the area – see Exhibits page. Dick Peacock PO Box 123; Maple Valley WA  98038 425.432.3470

Neely Mansion Association

The mission of the Neely Mansion Association is to restore and maintain the Neely Mansion as an historic house that actively interprets for the public the rich agricultural, pioneer, and ethnic heritage of the Mansion, its families and its surroundings in the Green River Valley. Karen Bouton 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road; Auburn WA 98002 253.833.9404

Renton History Museum

The Renton Historical Society is a non-profit organization that supports the operations of the Renton History Museum from the private sector. The RHS offers memberships to anyone interested in the history of the greater Renton area. Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, Director 425.255.2330 235 Mill Avenue S; Renton WA 98055

Tukwila Historical Society

We preserve the cultural, architectural, geological and historical heritage of Tukwila through preservation of photographs, documents, oral histories, buildings, and natural resources. Pat Brodin, President 14475 59th Avenue S; Tukwila WA 98168

White River Valley Museum

Whether you walk through a pioneer cabin, climb aboard a caboose and play in a one-room school, the award-winning White River Valley Museum presents history in a fun and involving way.  Permanent exhibits focus on the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, pioneer life, immigration from Europe and Japan, truck farming, railroading and the building of towns throughout the area.  Temporary exhibits change three times a year, family fun programs are offered throughout the year, and slide shows on railroading history hold train buffs entranced! The White River Valley Museum also manages the historic Mary Olson Farm. Museum open hours are noon-4 PM, Wednesday through Sunday, and the first Thursday of every month, 6-8 PM. Free admission the first Thursday and third Sunday of every month. Patricia Cosgrove, Director Auburn Community Campus in Les Gove Park – 918 H St SE; Auburn WA  98002 253.288.7433