Local history: Camas and Washougal’s best kept secret

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According to the hard-working volunteers at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, this facility that holds the historical treasures of Camas and Washougal’s past is one of the area’s best kept secrets.

They may not be too far off base.

The museum is home to 6,000 photographs and 200 oral histories, including information about pioneering families of east Clark County. Visitors can access land records and family histories including donation land claims and homesteading information. Displays include art, antiques and memorabilia.

There are Native American baskets, antique dolls and tools, a 1910 pinball machine, a covered wagon, and information about famous local people such as NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and singer Jimmy Rodgers.

And there is a great desire for the museum to offer its community even more.

Camas-Washougal Historical Society board members have visions for the future that include computer access to all local historical documents, photos and information; a dedicated area where children can see, touch and interact with elements of local history; and interactive displays that take advantage of smart phone technology.

It’s a tall order, but with its current list of volunteers that is comprised of people who have been dedicated to the museum for many years as well as those who are just beginning to discover and appreciate the area’s rich history, they’ve got the enthusiasm and willingness for hard work to make it happen.