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Klickitat County Museums & Historical Societies


    There are several Museums in Klickitat County. They include the world-famous Maryhill Museum of Art, the Klickitat County Historical Society's Presby Museum in Goldendale, the Gorge Heritage Museum in Bingen, the Whoop-n-Holler Museum near Bickleton, the Klickitat Historical Museum at Klickitat, and the Twin Bridges Museum at Lyle.


    The Klickitat County Historical Society is located at the Presby Mansion in Goldendale, and operates it as a Museum. The Presby Mansion was built in 1902, and the Society has filled its 3 floors with furniture, clothing, utensils, and personal effects from the 1880s - 1930s era. The Museum has a small research library containing county records, photographs, cemetery burial lists, and various publications. The Presby Mansion is located at 127 West Broadway, and is open daily mid-April thru mid-October (contact them for exact dates & times before visiting - especially if you're visiting from out of the area). The Museum can be visited during the off-season, by appointment. You can contact the Society at P.O. Box 86, Goldendale, WA. 98620, by telephone at 509-773-4303, or by Email  at presbymuseum@gorge.net. For many years the Society has published The Heritage newsletter which contains interesting and useful research material. Press here for an Index of the articles from the newsletters.
     The newest addition, located on the Museum grounds, is a Carriage House which will be used to store and display the antique farm machinery, and a Pioneer School House. Both were completed using volunteer labor, and have been furnished from the Museum's collection, as well as several new items received from generous donors. The School House typifies a turn-of-the-century one-room school, and contains many items typical of that era. If you feel you have an item suitable for either display, and want to donate it or loan it, please contact the Society.  The Museum's website is at http://www.presbymuseum.com/


    The Gorge Heritage Museum, located at 202 E. Humbolt Street in Bingen, is operated by the West Klickitat County Historical Society. The building which houses the museum is the former Bingen Congregational Church which was dedicated in 1912. The Museum is open mid-May thru late September, Friday thru Sunday, Noon to 5 pm. (contact them for exact dates & times before visiting - especially if you're visiting from out of the area). The Museum can be visited during the off-season, by appointment. Contact the Society at P.O. Box 394, Bingen, WA., by telephone number at 509-493-3228, or 509-493-3111, or FAX 509-493-4309, or by Email at ghm@gorge.net.
     The museum's displays include many items relating to the early history of this area. Display cases showcase pioneer clothing, household implements, logging and farming tools, medical and surgical equipment, historical documents, newspapers, and Native American artifacts and crafts. Displays include a history of the S.D.S. Lumber Company and of nearby Broughton Lumber; a photographic record into the construction of near-by Condit Dam on the White Salmon River, and an on-going project of creating a Historical Timeline for Western Klickitat County. The museum also has books and videos available to purchase. A small research library is located on-site, and is available for the patrons' use. Press here for Photographs of interior displays.
 


     The Twin Bridges Museum at Lyle was organized in the Summer of 2007. In the Summer of 2012 they moved to their new location, the former United Methodist Church. The focus of their collection is the Lyle area. The Museum is currently open on Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or call 509-365-0060 to make an appointment to visit at other times. Their collection consists of photographs, newspaper articles, Lyle community and Lyle School histories, mementos and other memorabilia. They gladly accept donations/information which have a connection to this area.
 


     The Eastern Klickitat County Historical Society, P.O. Box 47, Bickleton, WA. 99322, was organized in the Fall of 2004. Their purpose is to preserve the history of Eastern Klickitat County (east of Rock Creek), by collecting documents, information, pictures, family genealogy and stories of the pioneer communities and residents of our area. Society meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m., at the Bickleton Grange Hall. No meetings are held in June, July or August. Membership dues are $20.00 per calendar year, and membership includes a quarterly newsletter. The current (November 2009) officers are Chairman, Linda Lasley, linda_dal42@msn.com, Secretary-Treasurer, Barbara Clark, b.b.clark@clark@earthlink.net, and Program Chairman, Ada Ruth Whitmore, whpnhllr@wildblue.net.
 


The Klickitat Historical Museum
92 Main Street Hwy 142
PO Box 276
Klickitat, WA.


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