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September 8 @ 11:00 am
The Camas-Washougal Historical Society is inviting community members to connect to your past at the annual Heritage Day celebration, Saturday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, 1 Durgan Street in Washougal.
Heritage Day features free admission to the museum, historic exhibits about Camas and Washougal, interesting vendors, live music and raffles for a Pendleton car blanket as well as three Cartier teddy bears. Hot dogs, lemonade, sundaes and root beer floats, plus plants and books will be offered for sale.
“Many families make this an annual event to visit the museum because of all the extra fun activities we have going on,” said Lois Cobb, museum volunteer coordinator and event co-planner. “Heritage Day is also a great time for people in our community who have not yet stopped by the museum to do so. There is so much to see and do with the exhibits and demonstrations inside and outside of the museum. And, of course, everyone loves the sundaes and root beer floats! It is fun for the whole family.”
Demonstrations will include creating rugs on the museum’s antique traveling loom and operating the walking spinning wheel. “Our working loom and walking spinning wheel are amazing to watch in action,” Cobb said. “It’s like taking a step back in time.”
Live music will be performed by Another Shade of Blue Grass and Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Society will bring their old engines and equipment to demonstrate. Also taking part in the day are the Clark County Flying Eagle A’s Car Club, representatives of the USO, Navy Mothers, Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteers from the Camas/Washougal Fire Department.
Information about The Gathering Place at Washouxal project, the Native American longhouse-inspired pavilion to be located at the museum, will be available. “We hope the community will get as excited as we are about this new addition to the museum and will help support it,” said Richard Johnson, Gathering Place Fund Raising Committee member. “Thanks to community donations and grants so far we are close to the funding needed to break ground. The Gathering Place will celebrate our past and be a place where stories of the area are told.” Fund raising is a continuing effort to help cover costs of finish work, signage, landscaping and creation of Native American artwork. “We are confident that this will a beautiful facility to be enjoyed by our community and visitors,” Johnson said.
“Heritage Day is an important way for us to provide local residents an opportunity to see all the interesting items we have at the museum and enjoy learning more about our area’s rich history,” said Dick Lindstrom, co-event planner. “We hope folks will come by, tour the museum, have a hot dog and take pride in their local heritage.”
Camas-Washougal Historical Society operates the Two Rivers Heritage Museum located at 1 Durgan Street in Washougal. Regular hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students and free for children under 5 and all CWHS members. Group tours are available any day of the week (by appointment only). Call 360-835-8742 for scheduling. The museum is open March through October.