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Early Wenatchee Stories: Brender Canyon’s Namesake

Brender Canyon’s Namesake Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer This is the story of the first European settler to discover what is known today as Cashmere, WA. His name was Alexander Bartholomew Brender and he was the first settler to find the picturesque canyon west of Cashmere which now bears his…

Brender Canyon’s Namesake Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer This is the story of the first...

An Important Message from the WVMCC

Dear Museum Donors, Volunteers and Supporters, There are some updates at the museum, and we wanted you to hear about them directly from the Board of Directors. We have announced plans to seek a new Executive Director. Sandy Cohen held this position since July of 2015 and has announced his resignation. We wish him the…

Dear Museum Donors, Volunteers and Supporters, There are some updates at the museum, and we wanted you to hear about...

Early Wenatchee Stories: The Creation of Chelan County 1899

The Creation of Chelan County 1899 Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer Wenatchee and the Chelan area were all part of Okanogan County from 1888 to 1899. In 1883 Kittitas County was created and bordered Okanogan County to the south of the Wenatchee River. So who was responsible for the creation…

The Creation of Chelan County 1899 Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer Wenatchee and the Chelan...

Early Wenatchee Stories: No Place Like Home for the Holidays

No Place Like Home for the Holidays Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer   The Tripp family moved to the Wenatchee Valley in the spring of 1882 from Ellensburg via Colockum Pass. What they found in Wenatchee at the time were very few houses, most of which were merely shelters against…

No Place Like Home for the Holidays Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer   The Tripp...

Lions Peace Poster Contest

2017-2018 Peace Poster Theme “The Future of Peace” Celebrating 30 Years of Peace          The winners are: Pioneer Middle School  Halle Stegeman (1st) Chloe Nelson (2nd) Beau Middleton (3rd) Orchard Middle School Lindsey Baker (1st) Lili Williams (2nd) Sophia Andreini (3rd place)  

2017-2018 Peace Poster Theme “The Future of Peace” Celebrating 30 Years of Peace          The winners are:...

Ice Age Flood Geological Trail Audio Tour

Early Wenatchee Stories: Miller-Freer Trading Post

  What Became of the Miller-Freer Trading Post? Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer The Freer Brothers were some of the first white settlers in Wenatchee, Dan and Frank Freer built a trading post circa 1870 near the north end of Miller Street where it meets the Wenatchee River. Sam Miller…

  What Became of the Miller-Freer Trading Post? Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer The Freer...

Early Wenatchee Stories: Wild Goose Bill

The Story of Wild Goose Bill Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer Many characters came to North Central Washington during the 1870’s; Samuel Wilbur Condon aka “Wild Goose Bill” certainly stands out among them. These early West stories have been handed down through the years, the accounts may not be completely…

The Story of Wild Goose Bill Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer Many characters came to...

Early Wenatchee Stories: Lost Treasure

Lost Treasure Near Old Blewett   Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer There are several legends and tales of buried treasures throughout the state of Washington. Since word of mouth is the only proof we have that they actually exist, no one knows for sure if the stories are true. So…

Lost Treasure Near Old Blewett   Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer There are several legends...

Native Heritage Bus Tour a Success!

Last May, participants in the museum’s Native Heritage Bus Tour program were treated to a tour of Moses Coulee with Wenatchi Band descendant Randy Lewis as guide. This was a rare opportunity to learn the text to an ancient storybook. Randy’s beautiful words, woven in a tapestry of English and Salish, represent hundreds of years…

Last May, participants in the museum’s Native Heritage Bus Tour program were treated to a tour of Moses Coulee with...

Early Wenatchee Stories: Moonshiners

Moonshiners 1923-1931 Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer   A newspaper article written many years ago about the Sheriff of Douglas County, Art Boddy, between 1923 and 1931 told many moonshiner stories. But, the one story written below was most interesting to the then Sheriff of Douglas County. Sheriff Boddy quoted,…

Moonshiners 1923-1931 Written by Ken Cramer WVMCC Board Member and Collections Volunteer   A newspaper article written many years ago...

2016 In Review

If you haven’t noticed lately, there’s an awful lot going on at the museum these days. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from 2016.

If you haven’t noticed lately, there’s an awful lot going on at the museum these days. Here’s a look at...