Heritage Day to highlight local history

Annual event set for Sept. 14 at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal

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Amanda Ediger demonstrates a spinning wheel at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal during the 2018 Heritage Day event. This year's Heritage Day festivities will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Washougal museum. (Contributed photos courtesy of Clark County Historical Society)

The Camas-Washougal Historical Society (CWHS) will host a free opportunity to connect with local history at the annual Heritage Day celebration, slated to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal.

“Heritage Day offers guests a fun experience in living history through free admission to the museum, live music, demonstrations, vendor booths, interesting displays and a prize drawing,” said Lois Cobb, co-organizer of the event. “(Visitors) will also want to plan on partaking of our traditional lunch of delicious hot dogs, ice cream sundaes and old-fashioned root beer floats.”

Volunteer docents will help guide visitors through the museum displays and be ready to answer a variety of history related questions.

The event also features plants for sale and a chance to see the progress on the new “The Gathering Place” pavilion project, now under construction beside the museum.

Returning to Heritage Day is Another Shade of Bluegrass, a band that fills the air with toe-tapping music. This year’s vendors include Clark County Flying Eagle “A’s” vintage cars, Early Day Gas Engines, Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Association, Wood Krafts and Navy Mothers.

Organizers hope the event will help expose the museum and its contents to more Camas-Washougal residents.

“We realize that there are many people in Camas and Washougal who have never stopped by the museum and may not even know it exists,” said Dick Lindstrom, co-organizer of the event. “With so much going on at Heritage Day, it is a great time to come by and see what’s here. And if (people) have visited us in the past, (they will) still enjoy seeing all the updated displays and interesting, new artifacts.”

Heritage Day is made possible by CWHS volunteers, led by Cobb and Lindstrom. Event sponsors are Clark County PUD, City of Washougal, Pendleton Mills, Washougal Fire Department and Riverview Community Bank. Any event proceeds benefit operations and improvements at the museum.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Two Rivers Heritage Museum, located at 1 Durgan St., in Washougal, is open March through October. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Regular admission costs are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students and free for children ages 5 and younger, as well as for all CWHS members. Group tours are available any day of the week (by appointment only). Call Cobb at 360-835-5449 to schedule a tour.

CWHS members help support additional historic presentations and preservation of local history. Membership and volunteer information will be available at Heritage Day. For more information about CWHS and the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, visit