Back when Redmond was just a one-light town, Naomi Hardy was dedicated to preserving its history. In her efforts to research and share Redmond’s history, she gathered a small group of local history buffs in 1999. In just a decade, the group grew to over 140 members, and became the basis for the Redmond Historical Society.
“No one had a bigger impact on the development of the Redmond Historical Society than co-founder Naomi Hardy,” said Society President Joe Townsend, in a recent press release.
Now, Hardy’s contributions to the society are being recognized by the city of Redmond. The clock tower and kiosk at Redmond’s Historic Core is being named in her honor. Though Hardy passed away in 2012, her legacy lives on through the clock tower. Prior to her passing, she conducted all of the research for the heritage kiosk that’s part of the clock tower.
The list of Hardy’s accomplishments is long. She wrote the first walking tour for the historic core, as well as the Society’s book, Redmond Reflections. She also amassed hundreds of names for a historical “Who’s Who in Redmond.”
“She understood the impact of preserving historic places and stories,” said Mayor John Marchione. “Through the formation of the Redmond Historical Society, she ensured the long-lasting celebration of our local history.”
The clock tower will be dedicated to Hardy on Saturday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. There will be a plaque and sign in honor of Hardy, reminding passersby of the impact one person can have on their community.
“Naomi loved to say ‘History is happening in Redmond.’ Naming the tower after her makes Naomi a larger part of that history,” said Townsend.