Calendar a disappointment
October 3, 2008 · Updated 12:36 AM
I was about to purchase a Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society (SVHC) calendar for 2004 from the Fall City Cuts barber shop when I leafed through the months; looking at the pictures that accompany each month.
Shocked, flabbergasted, disgusted, mad, pissed, you name it, none adequately describe my feelings when I realized that, one more time, the Upper Valley swings the big stick and us folks below the Falls take the hits. Out of 12 months, Fall City was "blessed" with one month's pictures, while Preston got none. North Bend and Snoqualmie pictures tied up the remaining 11 months.
The SVHC letterhead says, "Serving Preston, Fall City, Snoqualmie, North Bend, Cedar Falls and Snoqualmie Pass." Nothing could be further from reality. Preston and Fall City have long been ignored in terms of board members and museum displays and publications to the point that many folks in Preston began leaning towards the Issaquah Historical Society. As a matter of record, the majority of Fall City people are discouraged into forming something local or joining Tolt. Maybe that explains why many potential members here in Fall City refer to the SVHM as the North Bend Museum.
The displays in the museum also reflect the majority of Upper Valley historical items. It's a shame that Fall City or Preston doesn't have an ongoing display similar to the Otto Reinig Store. Last season and the next season, the Fall City contribution consisted of a few photos and Preston had none.
This basic problem of lop-sided representation needs to be addressed before a third of the people you say you are representing align themselves elsewhere.
Publications such as the 2004 calendar should reflect all the communities in terms of revenue and historical significance.