February is Kirkland History Month. Each February, the Kirkland Heritage Society, a non-profit all volunteer organization supported by its members, the City of Kirkland, and 4Culture, promotes the history of Kirkland. They are proudly sharing some of Kirkland’s history by having volunteers deliver “History Month” plaques to participating merchants that are graciously displaying them from February 1 to February 28.
Kirkland was founded in 1888 and incorporated in 1905. Peter Kirk came from England to build a steel foundry and dreamed of making Kirkland the Pittsburgh of the West. Although, the mill never opened and all plans were finally abandoned about 1908, Kirkland had been platted and settled. It is this platting that we all enjoy today with the ambience that we love about Kirkland.
The plaques can be seen at Carillon Point/Houghton; Juanita; Kingsgate; Totem Lake, Downtown Kirkland, and Market Street. We hope you will agree that they are educational, interesting and FUN!
Comments and/or suggestions are welcome. Kirkland Heritage Society, (425) 827-3446, www.kirklandheritage.org
The Kirkland Woman’s Club is one of Kirkland’s most charming Landmark Buildings. It was constructed in 1925 and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.
Located on 1st Street just a couple of blocks north of downtown Kirkland, the building is a popular venue for small weddings, birthday parties, memorial services and other events. Rentals from these events provide income to the Club for its numerous charitable and service projects to the community, including scholarships for young women graduating from Kirkland high schools and layette gift baskets for new mothers who cannot afford all the things their newborns need.
Club members report that although the building is very charming, it is in need of substantial repair, restoration and updating, totaling about $200,000. The Club has started the massive project but will soon exhaust its own funds. The Club has received some grant funding but needs to raise substantial funds on its own. Members have started a GoFundMe campaign to ask for community assistance. If you appreciate historic landmarks and would like to help preserve this one, go to https://www.gofundme.com/kirkland-womans-club.
New members are always welcome! The club members meet at 11:45 on the first Thursday of the month for lunch and a speaker and also meet for coffee on the 3rd Thursday at 1:00. They are hoping to start an evening group soon. Please join and help as you are able!