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The Eastside Heritage Center produces original research and assists others with informational needs about various aspects of Eastside History. Services include:

Research Requests
EHC volunteers and staff field inquiries from individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies and make use of archives and individual knowledge to provide information on a variety of topics. A research fee may apply.

Photo Research
Upon request, and for a modest fee, EHC volunteers and staff can assemble photos from the collection that illustrate a wide range of topics. Photos can be delivered in various hard copy or electronic formats. Much of the photo collection can be viewed via the EHC gallery

Oral Histories
The Eastside Heritage Center has been steadily building its collection of oral history interviews and now has approximately 175 sessions on tape, and 75 sessions fully transcribed. A recently-received grant will allow transcriptions of eight to ten additional interviews. Individuals who have an interesting story to tell about the history of the Eastside are encouraged to participate.
Click here to view the 2009 Oral History Catalogue.

Journey Stories – Birth Place
At Eastside Heritage Center’s annual Bellevue Strawberry Festival in Crossroads Park, members of the community engage directly in the preservation and interpretation of Eastside history by sharing their “journey stories” with us. We hope you enjoy these “Birth Place” segments from 2011 and 2012, as introductions to the diversity of stories collected. These video oral history projects were made possible through the support of 4Culture, the City of Bellevue and Humanities Washington.

Click here to view a sampling of the 2012 Journey Stories Video Oral History project on YouTube.

Click here to view a sampling of the 2011 Journey Stories Video Oral History project on YouTube.

Pioneer Party
What was it like in a pioneer household before running water and supermarkets? Enjoy a pioneer party where participants will churn butter, pump water, grind coffee beans, roll play dough bread, wash and hang clothes, play pioneer games, and clean the rugs with a rug beater. Eastside Heritage Center staff will bring the appropriate materials to your home or party location and will stay the length of the event to assist with all the activities. Pioneer parties are recommended for ages 3-10.
Cost: $75 - $125, depending on size of group and length of party.
For reservations, contact EHC Education Coordinator at 425-450-1049 or email

For more information on any of the above Services, call 425-450-1049 or email

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McDowell House

Short History of Bellevue

Early Bellevue Walking Tour

History Vignettes



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