The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Museum hosting events for Bald Eagle Day

 

Diana Zimmerman

Wahkiakum County Historical Society members have been working to install new display shelving and upgrade displays in time for reopening this year. Left, A Chinook triangle design utility basket can be seen in one of the new cabinets donated to the museum; right, one toy in the Buddy L collection that once belonged to the children of a confectioner in Cathlamet.

The Wahkiakum Historical Society Museum will open its doors for the season on July 17 for Bald Eagle Days, following the parade.

They will also offer mini train rides outside, and root beer floats.

It's a chance for Curator Kari Kandoll and other volunteers to show off new cabinets and lighting and display some of the museum's Chinookan collection and a special exhibit on Cathlamet town founder James Birnie and William Strong, a territorial judge who settled in Cathlamet with his family.

According to a press release, some of the items have never been seen before and were made available thanks to WCHS Vice-President David Hansen.

There is also a collection of amazing Buddy L toys that belonged to the Wise family, and dolls that belonged to other children in the community, as well as a collection representing the local history of military service.

Diana Zimmerman

Entrance to the museum will be free that day, but donations are welcome.

"We are grateful to Wahkiakum County and the Town of Cathlamet for providing essential support to enable the Museum to reopen and to David Hansen, son of Julia Butler Hansen, for loaning the special James Birnie items that will be on temporary exhibit," WCHS President David Olson said. "We look forward once again to welcoming visitors to safely enjoy the Museum and join us in appreciating the unique history of Wahkiakum County."

Following the reopening on July 17, the museum will open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. through September 26. Occupancy may be limited in order to maintain social distancing.

 

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