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Winters House Closure Announcement

In preparation for the construction of Sound Transit’s East Link light rail line, the City of Bellevue has closed the Winters House for approximately four years. Sound Transit anticipates construction of the South Bellevue segment of East Link to begin as early as January 2017. The rail line will run on the east side of Bellevue Way SE, dropping down into a covered trench as it passes in front of the Winters House.
The Winters House was built in 1929 in Spanish Eclectic style for $32,000 by Frederick and Cecilia Winters. In the late 1980s, the Bellevue Historical Society worked with the City of Bellevue to restore the structure and subsequently list it on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1992, the City and EHC have partnered to provide programming, exhibits and public access to the historic site.

Eastside Heritage Center’s archive and research center are currently located within the Winters House, but will be relocated for the duration of the closure. In addition, all furnishings in the House will be put into secure, climate-controlled storage, until the site re-opens to the public after the construction of East Link. For research inquiries and public access to Eastside Heritage Center’s archive and artifact collection, please call (425) 450-1049 or email

EHC has worked with representatives from Sound Transit, the City of Bellevue and the State’s Historic Preservation Office, to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to protect the structure during construction. These measures include:
·  Frequent city inspections;
·  Monitoring devices to detect ground movements;
·  On-site evaluation of excavation and construction by geotechnical engineers; and
·  Construction barrier and dust control measures around the house.

For questions related to the East Link project, contact Marie Jensen with the City of Bellevue at (425) 452-2064 or

Heritage Benefit Dinner

A warm thank you to all who supported the 10th Annual Heritage Benefit Dinner on February 8th, 2017 at the Meydenbauer Center. Your generosity raised over $93,000 towards the stewardship of Eastside history.

Journey Stories

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.

Journey Stories Segment One - . this is a 12-minute segment hosted on YouTube.

2012 Birth Place Segment Click here to view on YouTube.

2011 Birth Place Segment Click here to view on YouTube.

Eastside Heritage Center featured in Seattle Times
Eastside Living Story   Read the article here.

Eastside Heritage Center Announces Endowment Fund
We are excited to announce that Eastside Heritage Center has started an Endowment Fund.  It has been launched with a generous donation from the estate of long-time EHC supporters Paul and Reda Vander Hoek.  The Board has discussed making further contributions to the Fund with various one-time income sources.

We hope that our members, friends and supporters will consider contributions to EHC’s Endowment.  While we are very dependent on the generosity of our members for our annual operating budget, there is also room to help ensure the long-term financial health of EHC.

If you have questions about the Endowment, please contact Lexi at 425-450-1049 or email

The Heritage Reflector is Going Digital
Change is coming to Eastside Heritage Center’s newsletter in 2011! The Heritage Reflector will cease its hard-copy publication following the March issue. Beginning in June and going forward, issues will be available on our website and via email distribution. This change will not only save valuable hours for EHC staff and volunteers, the money we save in postage and materials costs can be used to support our programs and collection. If you’d like to sign up to receive the digital Heritage Reflector, send an email to and include the subject line “Subscribe to Heritage Reflector.” If you have any questions, contact Lexi at 425-450-1049.

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