Stages of History project development

Plaque Artist Judith Caldwell

Judith Caldwell, a Seattle sculptor, received a fine arts degree from the University of Washington, where she did extensive work in metal foundry casting. For many years she has collaborated with her husband Daniel Caldwell, a metal sculptor trained at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. Together, they operate a large metal casting and fabrication studio. Their projects include public artworks 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 provided 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.

Project 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.