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Heritage Museum plans open house to coincide with Huck Fest

Members to wear historical costumes in parade

The West Klickitat County Historical Society members and friends will participate in the Huckfest Parade on Sept. 6, some wearing historical costumes.

After the parade, the Gorge Heritage Museum will host an open house from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The free event begins at 12:30 p.m. with the history of the Broughton Flume as presented by Cam Thomas, a lifelong member of the community and grandson of Harold Broughton, founder of the company.

Thomas plans to give the history of the flume and to view some of the video he prepared a few years ago, which is available for sale.

Following the flume story will be the unique feature, Ladies of History, at 2 p.m.

Several local ladies will share their version of the history of West Klickitat County, with Cheryl Mack as the facilitator.

Come prepared with questions for these ladies to answer or perhaps your question will stump them and you will win the prize.

Additionally, Keith McCoy, recently honored by both of the cities of White Salmon and Bingen, by resolution proclaiming him a "community treasure," will honor the museum beginning at 3:30 p.m. for a time of chatting about the community history.

His books and video will be available for purchase, as well.

During the afternoon refreshments will be served, hosted by members of the community.

Rounding out the day will be live music.

During the month of September be sure to see the visiting display of Gail Logan's post card collection of the Columbia Gorge area history.

Logan is a museum member, supporter, a local businesswoman, and has been a resident of West Klickitat County for 40 plus years.

Also, during September there will be a display of rock art.

Rock hounding is a hobby enjoyed by many people, most of whom start as children. This hobby brings out the artistic, creative genes in many.

Evine Hargadine, a friend of the museum, is allowing a visiting display to the museum of items that were created from rock by her late husband, Rex.

Membership in the Historical Society is available to all in support of the museum beginning with $15 individual memberships.

The community is welcome to support the museum by joining and participating in work parties that happen through out the year by contacting the museum 493-3228.

The museum is located at 202 E. Humboldt St., at Maple, one block north of Highway 14, in Bingen.


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