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Kids Learn in Forest Classroom

Meet Douglas, one of the Wenatchee Valley Museum’s “forest sprouts,” who greets kids every day at the forest classroom at Squilchuck State Park. Douglas and his 20+ cousins mark learning spots along the way, where students (we’ll have 2,500 of them in Oct-Nov!) are having the coolest field experience ever. Next to Douglas is Selina…

The Museum is on YouTube!

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is making great strides on the digital media front! We’ve been actively posting new videos to our YouTube channel recently, thanks to our new summer intern Monti Artiga. Most of them are focused on our wonderful Super Summer Adventures program going on now, like this one. But we’ve…

Super Summer Adventures Going Strong, And Not Over Yet!

Every summer, more than 1,000 schoolchildren from all over the Wenatchee Valley come to the Museum to take part in our fun, educational Super Summer Adventures sessions. This summer marks our 18th year of bringing these exciting hands-on, tactile learning experiences to kids – and the program is going stronger than ever. With 11 4-day sessions this…

New Museum Director Takes The Helm This Week

Sandy Cohen started his new job on Monday as director of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. The museum had been without a permanent director since December, when Brenda Abney resigned to take a museum job in Arizona. Cohen, a Baltimore native, recently served as director of the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum in New Mexico. He is a…

John Harmelt: The last chief of the Wenatchi

John Harmelt (c. 1847-1937) John Harmelt was the last chief of the Wenatchi band of Salish-speaking Indians who for millennia lived in the river valley that now bears their name. He inherited the leadership from his father around 1902. By this time the Wenatchis had been assigned to the Sahaptin-speaking Yakama reservation after their traditional…

Learning about Wenatchee’s Past

Local high school students frequent the Museum on field trips. Volunteers and our Curator Mark Behler gave these students a glimpse into the past by showing them historic clothes, automobiles and even entertainment. Many leave with a greater appreciation of modern amenities – specifically, indoor plumbing. [slideshow] web page alert ip address