Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum in Cathlamet, Washington Could Use Help

A small group of board members and volunteers are working to preserve a collection of Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum photographs and eclectic artifacts at the Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum in Cathlamet.

The museum’s board of directors has spent reserves to keep the doors open, but only $1,100 remains, said Board President Judy Brawn, who estimates the annual budget to be over $3,600.

Despite its serious financial challenge, the board is enthusiastic about the collection.Exhibits focus on local industry, including fishing and farming equipment, a logger’s bunkhouse from the 1870’s, dairying and items from a local physician’s examining room.

A small group of board members and volunteers are working to preserve a collection of photographs and eclectic artifacts at the Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum in Cathlamet.

Photographs of funeral boats leaving Puget Island for Westport burials and regattas bringing crowds to the docks in both Skamokawa and Cathlamet represent the county’s early days when life and death centered on the Columbia River.

Since 2005, Kandoll has collected over 35 volumes of genealogical material on local families. Kandoll focused on genealogy after a fall left her with a broken leg and memory problems. “I wanted to train myself to remember,” she said.

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The historical society is soliciting members and volunteers and welcomes donations.

Costs for the memorial bricks vary from $40 to $100; they are made by Lower Columbia Monument in Kelso, which ensures speedy delivery, Brawn said. People are putting pets’ names on bricks and are welcome to add them to a garden at home, she said.

Kandoll expects the genealogical work she does online at (www.wagenweb.org/wahkiakum)to raise funds.

For further information contact: Judy Brawn at 360-849-4452 or Kari Kandoll at 360-849-4353.

Read the full article in the December 30, 2010 edition of the Wahkiakum County Eagle.

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