Events and Activities
In addition to the annual series of Downtown Historic Walking Tours, sponsored by the Redmond Historical Society, below are activities to learn more about Redmond's heritage and to challenge your knowledge.

Welcome Tesla STEM Students - Bear Creek Cultural Resource Interns

​The City welcomed 10 interns from the Lake Washington School District's Tesla STEM high school on  October 4, 2017.  The students will research and meet with specialist regarding the stories, culture, and science of the Bear Creek 2008 archaeological discovery.  Following several weeks of learning, the students will develop and present research projects reflecting their learning, considerations, and career interests at an open house in early March 2018.

Special Eagle Scout Exhibit: Winfred Wallace - Redmond Photographer

Louis Norred's 2017 Eagle Scout Project:  Winfred Wallace - Redmond PhotographerThe Winfred Wallace – Redmond Photographer exhibit is featured at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, running from March 20 through the end of 2017. This exhibit celebrates the significant contributions of Wallace’s photographs in understanding the formation and pattern of Redmond’s first business core and the transition of the City from a settlement to incorporation in 1912.   Louis Norred studied Wallace’s work and created this exhibit as he pursued his Eagle Scout Badge with Boy Scout Troop 577, part of the Sammamish Trails District, Chief Seattle Council.

Winfred Wallace was a Redmond resident and is buried in the Old Redmond Pioneer Cemetery.  And in summarizing his work, Mr. Norred said, "Making this exhibit was a great Eagle Scout project. I never realized how detailed local history is and how little of it I know. It was cool to work with so many City of Redmond employees and to understand the process of making a project with others. Everybody I worked with was hugely helpful and inspirational. It feels good to take pride in my city and spread this love of local heritage with others."

View a digital archive of the exhibit (large file size, pdf)

Please contact Kimberly Dietz or Jessica Rubenacker for additional information.

Archaeology Day 2017

The City hosted 2017 Archaeology Day, part of an annual global exploration of archeology.
Bear Creek project director Dr. Robert Kopperl presented at the new overlook of the Lower Bear Creek habitat restoration area across form 164th Ave. NE along the Bear Creek recreational trail. Participants learned more about the Bear Creek study, new knowledge gleaned from the site, and the broader picture of the past as seen in our archaeological heritage.

The Bear Creek site, located in the heart of the City of Redmond, is the oldest excavated archaeological site with stone tools in Western Washington. It was first identified in 2008 during a routine environmental survey for a City habitat restoration project, and since then it has generated a wealth of information about Native American life from over 10,000 years ago near the outlet of Lake Sammamish.

Specially Requested Walking Tours - Information and Requirements

Leary Way 2003
Specially requested walking tours of Redmond's historic Downtown with narration and storytelling by Tom Hitzroth are available by request.  The following considerations and requirements should be addressed in advance:

  • Tours are available during April through September
  • Rain cancels tours - back up dates are suggested
  • Tours include a significant amount of walking and standing on hard surfaces.  Appropriate shoes are strongly recommended.
  • To help ensure participants’ safety, youth organizations such as Scouts must have a ratio of at least:

    One parent/teacher to every two children under age of 12
    One parent/teacher to every six youth between 12 and 18

    This ratio is the minimum acceptable for participation in a tour and is not a guarantee of participants’ safety. Organizations are encouraged to consider their own safety needs and to provide additional parent or teacher supervision where the organization deems appropriate. 
  • Special activities may be arranged for schools and other youth organizations.  Please contact staff at least one month in advance to discuss opportunities.

Contact Kimberly Dietz, 425-556-2415 for additional information and to schedule your special walking tour of historic Downtown.

A Redmond History Challenge

Redmond History Challenge imageThis fact-finding and knowledge-testing activity was primarily designed for local Scout troops' interest in the City's 1912-2012 Centennial.  Many resources were used to create this challenge and may help you determine the answers:

Check your answers with Kimberly Dietz, 425-556-2415.

Monthly Meetings and Saturday Speaker Series with Redmond Historical Society

Norman's Saloon on Gilman StreetJoin the Redmond Historical Society at their eight general meetings during the year, (January-May, and then September-November). The meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center.  Every meeting includes a presentation regarding an aspect of Redmond or Eastside history.  Additional information is provided at and by calling 425-885-2919.

Columbia by Washington State Historical Society

Washington State History Society and MuseumLearn more about Washington History as well as activities for you and your family at

Kimberly S. Dietz
Senior Planner,
Neighborhoods and
Historic Preservation
Department of Planning
and Community
City of Redmond
(425) 556-2415