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Bill Starkey Tribute Concert Memories

Thank you to Lisa Robinson for providing these wonderful images.   March 12, 2018 Billie Holt “I am a long time Docent here at the museum and this is my special memory about Bill and Herb Sinclair: If I happened to be here on Monday morning for a tour or special project, I could look…

Thank you to Lisa Robinson for providing these wonderful images.   March 12, 2018 Billie Holt “I am a long...

39th Annual Regional High School Art Show – Award Winners

The Reception and Awards Ceremony was on March 10th, 2018.  Anne Banks, Teaching and Learning Program Supervisor for the Arts, from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), was our guest speaker. A representative from Central Washington University was on hand to award a variety of tuition waiver scholarships. The Wenatchee Museum and Cultural…

The Reception and Awards Ceremony was on March 10th, 2018.  Anne Banks, Teaching and Learning Program Supervisor for the Arts,...

2018 People of our Past

More than 400 museum guests were treated to a glimpse of Wenatchee Valley’s history during its annual People of Our Past program Feb. 24-25. Volunteers recorded hundreds of hours to make this event a success. One of those volunteers, photographer Bruce McCammon, recorded the evening program in a series of stunning and vibrant images. Take…

More than 400 museum guests were treated to a glimpse of Wenatchee Valley’s history during its annual People of Our...

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...