Getting Out The Word!

Sep 13, 2012 | 4 comments

The invitations are in the mail – or soon will be – and the announcement is on the radio – or will be on Friday!  The “Community Historian Project” is ready to launch!

The kick-off, complete with champagne and The Willapa Hills band, is scheduled for Friday, October 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  It will be a chance for the public to find out all about this project that has been in the making for the last year and a half.  And it will be a chance to be  among the first to sign up!

Billed as “A New Way to Experience History,” the project will involve fifteen Wednesday ‘classes’ (beginning January 9th) devoted to learning about Pacific County History.  Presented more-or-less chronologically beginning with “Historical Landscapes” comparing pre-historic, historic and current landscapes and continuing with intriguing titles such as “Let’s Make A Deal” (about early exploration and fur trade),The Bridges of Pacific County” (concerning transportation by boat, ferry, train, car,) it will present an intriguing look at our past and even a glimpse of some history-in-the-making ‘as we speak.’

There will speakers of note including leaders of the Chinook Tribe and experts from various Pacific County industries.  There will be site visits and tours of early settlements, generational farms, and the Coast Guard based at Cape Disappointment – just to name a few.

All the while, participants will be discovering the nuts and bolts of history – how to research it, ways to document it – in song, perhaps, or by painting a mural – and how to disseminate it in exciting and innovative ways.  They will get to plan a project of their own and have the assistance of experts as they develop their ideas.

It’s a project that a group of us – Jim Sayce, Betsy Millard, Cate Gable and I – have  been working out for more than a year and a half.  Archivist Barbara Minard and retired Fort Columbia curator Donella Lucero have joined us and with the enthusiasm of their Board and staff, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is sponsoring the project.  As far as we know, it’s a first – nothing like it in the state or nation,  We hope it will be a prototype for other counties to follow,  Perhaps it will be successful enough to ‘go viral!’

If you are at all interested in the stories of Pacific County, do come to the kick-off!  Not only will you learn more, but you’ll have an opportunity to fill out an application for this first-come-first served opportunity which begins in January. But call the Museum at 360-642-3446 and let them know you’re coming so there will be enough champagne!  See you there October 5th!


  1. Pat

    What a marvelous project and opportunity!

  2. Rosemary Hickman

    This county is so rich in history. I’m looking forward to broadening my knowledge so I can pass on fact rather than fiction. Jumping up and down I’m so excited!!

  3. Kitt

    Wow! How exciting!! Looking forward to the evening and will definitely be signing up. I will even give up Wednesday golf for the classes!!

  4. Nada Harrison-Moore

    Right up my alley.


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