Historical Promotion grant will help Camas-Washougal Historical Society refurbish four antique instruments, including 131-year-old grand piano

WASHOUGAL When it reopens in March, the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal will have a few “new” things to show off, thanks to a $5,220 Clark County Historical Promotion grant.

 

Awarded to the Camas-Washougal Historical Society, the grant will fund the restoration of four different antique instruments, including an Arion Square grand piano from the 1880s, a 1921 Bond player piano, a 107-year-old Cornish Piano and Organ Company pump organ and an antique child’s pump organ.

 

Jim Cobb, president of the Camas-Washougal Historical Society, says the grant will help add to the appeal of the Washougal historical museum.

The Camas-Washougal Historical Society has received a $5,220 Clark County Historical Promotion grant to refurbish and repair four antique pianos and organs. All four instruments will be on display at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal, when it reopens in March of 2017.
Jim Cobb, president of the Camas-Washougal Historical Society, sits at a Bond player piano from the early 1920s. The Camas-Washougal Historical Society has received a $5,220 Clark County Historical Promotion grant to refurbish and repair two antique pianos and an antique pump organ. Photo courtesy of the Camas-Washougal Historical Society and Rene Carroll

“We are grateful to the Clark County Planning Commission for selecting our project for funding,” Cobb says. “We feel it is important to have these instruments repaired as an upgrade to the museum.”

 

Implemented in 2006, the county’s Historical Promotion Grants Program receives money from a $1 surcharge on county filing fees and uses those funds to preserve and promote various historical programs throughout Clark County. The county’s Historic Preservation Commission reviews grant applications during the fall months and recommends projects for funding to the Clark County Board of County Councilors in November. The grant-funding cycle begins each January.

 

To be approved for one of the  Historical Promotion Grants, an organization must submit an application during the annual grant cycle and prove that its project or program will help the county preserve or promote local history, heritage and/or culture.

 

Cobb says he hopes the historical society will be able to finish the refurbishments on the antique pianos and organs before the Two Rivers Heritage Museum reopens on March 2, 2017.

 

The museum, which includes a substantial collection of Native American Indian baskets and artifacts, more than 6,000 historic photos of Camas-Washougal area buildings and residents, a doctor’s old buggy, historic bee-keeping and prune harvesting equipment and many antique musical instruments, is currently closed for annual maintenance.

 

When it reopens in March, the museum, located at 1 Durgan St., Washougal, will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Cost of admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for students. Children under 5 and all Camas-Washougal Historical Society members get in free. The museum offers group tours any day of the week, by appointment. To schedule a tour, call (360) 835-8742.
For more information about the Historical Promotions Grant Program, visit the county’s website here. Want to learn more about the Camas-Washougal Historical Society and the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, join the historical society or become a volunteer? Visit the museum’s site and read about the building’s history, current programs and ongoing historical research.

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Kelly Moyer has been reporting for community newspapers since the mid-1990s, including the Newport News-Times on the Oregon Coast; the Lewistown Sentinel, a daily newspaper in central Pennsylvania; the Gresham Outlook, Wilsonville Spokesman, Sherwood Gazette and South County Spotlight newspapers in the Portland metro area; and The Reflector newspaper in Battle Ground, Wash. She also is the former managing editor of Midwifery Today, an international magazine for birth professionals. Kelly, a University of Oregon alumnus and Pennsylvania native, lives with her family in Northeast Portland.

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