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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...

Museum Honors Partners at Annual Meeting

Annual meetings don’t have to be ho-hum, as the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center proved once again this year. Its recent annual meeting featured lots of laughs, a short video, dinner and seven awards – all in two hours. The evening highlighted volunteers, museum affiliates and partners who helped advance its mission and earn…

Annual meetings don’t have to be ho-hum, as the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center proved once again this year....

Wellington Tour Returns!

The popular Wellington tour returns to Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center! On March 1, 1910, the deadliest avalanche in North American history swept down the snowy Cascades, burying two trains and killing 96 people. The guided tour also will visit four other sites between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass that played important roles in the…

The popular Wellington tour returns to Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center! On March 1, 1910, the deadliest avalanche in...

NEW Native Heritage Tour Focuses on Moses Coulee

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new Native Heritage tour this season. Explore significant cultural sites of the Sinkiuse people including paint gathering, projectile manufacturing and cave locations with guide Randy Lewis. Randy Lewis grew up with a strong understanding and sense of place within Native American Columbia Plateau indigenous society. Lewis…

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new Native Heritage tour this season. Explore significant cultural sites of...