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Published: Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Community Extra: Keeping history alive in Edmonds

  • Edmonds Historical Society volunteer Ted Hettinga sells raffle tickets June 28 to raise money for the museum during the Edmonds Summer Market. One luc...

    Annie Mulligan / For The Herald

    Edmonds Historical Society volunteer Ted Hettinga sells raffle tickets June 28 to raise money for the museum during the Edmonds Summer Market. One lucky winner from the tickets sold this summer at the market will take home a child’s size replica of an antique firetruck.

  • Edmonds Historical Society volunteer Sandra Allbery hands off purchased treasures June 28 at the “White Elephant” booth at the Edmonds Summer Market. ...

    Edmonds Historical Society volunteer Sandra Allbery hands off purchased treasures June 28 at the “White Elephant” booth at the Edmonds Summer Market. Allbery has been a part of the society for four years and is currently on the board.

EDMONDS — Each Saturday in the summer, vendors take over two blocks in downtown Edmonds, offering homemade, homegrown foods.
About 50 volunteers help make the Edmonds Summer Market happen, said organizer Margaret Wilcox.
The market was started in the 1990s to support the Edmonds Historical Museum. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 4 on Fifth Street, except for Aug. 9, during A Taste of Edmonds. A smaller garden market also runs in the weeks before.
Nearly everyone working at the summer market is a volunteer. They start setting up not long after dawn.
“We have lots of farmers with fruits and vegetables and flowers, and then we have cheese and processed foods, and we have also a lot of crafts people,” Wilcox said. “We try to make that a wide variety.”
The volunteers also staff the “White Elephant” booth, where donated goods are sold to support the museum. The goods include glassware, kitchenware, toys, tools, art and books.
“It's nice, small items. That's what we sell there,” said volunteer Bette Bell, 74, of Edmonds. She helped get the market started.
Bell used to teach history and social studies, and her husband ran the Edmonds museum. Through the market, she made lifelong friends, she said.
“It's just exceptional,” she said. “Everyone who I have worked with has been enthusiastic and has been happy. The museum and our history on every level is extraordinarily important because if you forget the past, you're not going to have much insight for the future. That's really important.”
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.
How to help
The Edmonds Summer Market has opportunities for volunteers, including high-school students and folks who are comfortable moving heavy objects such as tables.
For more information, call 425-774-0900.

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