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Keni Sturgeon Selected as New Executive Director

Keni Sturgeon Selected to Lead Museum Beginning November 19 The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center’s (WVMCC) Board of Directors announced that Keni Sturgeon will become WVMCC’s Executive Director on November 19, 2018. Keni Sturgeon is currently the Vice President of the Pacific Science Center’s Science Engagement and Outreach Division. Linda Haglund, Vice President of…

Keni Sturgeon Selected to Lead Museum Beginning November 19 The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center’s (WVMCC) Board of Directors...

Methow Valley Tour with Randy Lewis

  June 9, 2018 Written by Deborah Lyon WVMCC Member and Volunteer I loved the stories. We started out on the bus with Randy reminiscing about his youth in the Methow band and the stories his many relatives told him as part of their beloved culture. Randy grew up here in the Valley and then…

  June 9, 2018 Written by Deborah Lyon WVMCC Member and Volunteer I loved the stories. We started out on...

Wenatchee Stories

A film project by Pioneer Middle School students in Brock Hurt’s Avid class sponsored by the Trust for Public Land and the Wenatchee Art Education Consortium. Click here to see the film! The Wenatchee Stories film project grew out of a desire by Trust for Public Land and Wenatchee Art Education Consortium representatives to provide…

A film project by Pioneer Middle School students in Brock Hurt’s Avid class sponsored by the Trust for Public Land...

YESTERDAY

After a cultural heritage tour with Randy Lewis A compilation by Susan Evans, Bill Layman, Bruce Morrison and Karen Jacobsen The door where there is no door opened yesterday. On the bus we hear ancient songs along the river. Stories animate the creeks, canyons, rock formations, river bends. The land moves, comes alive with presences,…

After a cultural heritage tour with Randy Lewis A compilation by Susan Evans, Bill Layman, Bruce Morrison and Karen Jacobsen...

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:...