Jim and Gloria Kraft's colorful presentation entitled "Woodinville: The Early Days" opens the 2017-18 season of free programs offered by the Woodinville Heritage Society (WHS).
The program will be Saturday, Sept. 16, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Brightwater Education Center (22505 WA-9, Woodinville, WA 98072) and is open to the public, explained Deanna Arnold-Frady, program chair.
The Krafts are charter members of WHS and have ties to the Eastside community that span decades. "My grandparents had a log cabin on Rose Hill, and my dad worked at the original Hollywood Poultry Farm," Kraft recalls. "I was born at the old Kirkland Hospital."
Gloria lived in Bothell as a youth. Jim and Gloria first bought property in 1968 on Hollywood Hill where they raised their family. After Gloria retired as a research librarian and Jim as a Boeing engineer, they moved to Trilogy, near Redmond. But they have maintained their involvement in WHS, including Jim's participation on the WHS board. They were longtime members of the Woodinville Garden Club which explains the hours they still spend tending the museum's front yard and fountain.
Their interest in the Woodinville community has involved extensive research in county, regional and state archives as well as census records. Jim equipped himself with a good camera and photo scanner and taught himself techniques of photo restoration after unearthing numerous pictures of early-day scenes. Gloria conducts meticulous research and maintains the records. Together, they've presented colorful history and genealogy programs over the years.