About the tour

The Edmonds Stages of History Tour is a walking tour of significant sites that mark twelve different aspects in Edmonds' development. Unique artist-made forged metal plaques identify each site on the tour. We invite you to explore Edmonds history at each of the twelve locations around downtown. From early commerce and the founding of the city, to the introduction of the automobile and establishment of schools and the first library,each plaque introduces you to the flavor of life during various stages of Edmonds' history. 

Judith

Plaque Artist Judith Caldwell

Judith Caldwell is a sculptor living and working Seattle. She received a fine arts degree from the University of Washington, where she did extensive work in metal foundry casting. The cast and forged metal vessels she created as a student were exhibited in local galleries and in museums in the U.S. and Canada, and received awards from the Bellevue and Tacoma Art Museums. 

 Judith's first artworks were designed as architectural components, such as garden sculptures, fountains, metal inlay work for concrete floors, and cast and fabricated metal sculptures designed to decorate or screen the facades of small and large building projects.

For the past sixteen years she has collaborated with her husband Daniel, a metal sculptor trained at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. Together they operate a large metal casting and fabrication studio, and have created public art projects for parks, plazas, schools and civic buildings. They have received a number of local and national awards for their work, including a Project of the Year Award from the National Public Works Association, a National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association Award, and a Design Achievement Award from the Seattle Design Center.

Judith participated in all phases of the Stages of History project development. This included helping select the twelve sites, developing the concept of the puppet theater stage design for the plaques, historical research and writing---along with contributions from local historian and writer Larry Vogel---and the selection of the historical photographs for etching into brass plates featured on each plaque. 

 Project Partners 

Edmonds Stages of History is a collaborative project led by the Edmonds Arts Commission with assistance from community members, the Edmonds Historical Museum, the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission, Edmonds Center for the Arts, plaque artist Judith Caldwell, and local historian and writer, Larry Vogel. The project was partially funded by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Parks Service.  The Preserve America matching-grant program provides funding to designated Preserve America Communities to support heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning. Additional funding was provided by the Edmonds Arts Commission, the City of Edmonds Lodging Tax Fund, the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Hubbard Foundation. Through these grant projects our country gains a greater shared knowledge about the Nation's past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country's cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities.

Credits 

Photographs on this website are courtesy of the Edmonds Historical Museum, unless otherwise noted. Descriptions of Edmonds history for the Stages of History panels and the website include information from copyrighted articles by Larry Vogel, originally published in the original Patch online newspaper, Edmonds: The First Century by Archie Satterfield (1990), and Edmonds: The Gem of Puget Sound by Ray V. Cloud (1983). Use restrictions apply. Other sources include individual interviews and information supplied by the Edmonds Historical Museum.

Please contact the City of Edmonds Arts Office at 425-771-0228 with any corrections to information on the website or for inquiries regarding specific sources of copyrighted material.

Tour Information

The Edmonds Stages of History Tour is a walking tour of significant sites that mark twelve different aspects in Edmonds' development. A unique artist-made plaque identifies each site on the tour. We invite you to explore Edmonds history at each location. Photographs on this website are courtesy of the Edmonds Historical Museum, unless otherwise noted. Descriptions of Edmonds history for the Stages of History panels and the website include information from copyrighted articles by Larry Vogel, originally published in the original Patch online newspaper, Edmonds: The First Century by Archie Satterfield (1990), and Edmonds: The Gem of Puget Sound by Ray V. Cloud (1983), and use restrictions apply. Other information sources include individual interviews and information supplied by the Edmonds Historical Museum.  Please contact the City of Edmonds Arts Office at 425-771-0228 with any corrections to information on the website or for inquiries regarding specific sources of copyrighted material.  

Contact Us

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission 
ph. 425-771-0228

Visit the Edmonds Arts Commission's Website 
email: eac@edmondswa.gov

The City of Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission
Visit the Historic Preservation Commission's Website 

The Edmonds Historical Museum 
Visit the Edmonds Historical Museum's Website