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Washougal WA — The Camas-Washougal Historical Society was presented a check for $5,000 from The Honorable Frank L. and Arlene J. Price Foundation on Tuesday, September 3 at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum.

CWHS board members looked on as Kay Dalke-Sheadel, Price Foundation Executive Director presented the funds to CWHS president, Jim Cobb. The grant is the second received by CWHS by The Price Foundation and is earmarked for the Gathering Place at Washuxwal project, a Native American-inspired longhouse replica to be located on the south side of the museum.  

“The building’s foundation is poured, cedar logs delivered, and we will begin structural construction soon,” said Cobb. “We know this outdoor pavilion will provide a beautiful, new venue at our museum to tell important stories of our area. We are honored that The Price Foundation accepted our grant proposal and is helping to make our vision a reality.”

The Price Foundation was created to provide funding for education, health and historical preservation projects in Clark and Cowlitz Counties.  “It is exciting for me to see this money at work locally,” said Dalke-Sheadel.  “Our giving supports education and historic preservation and you will be doing both with this grant!”

The CWHS launched its Gathering Place capital fund raising campaign in fall of 2017.  So far, there has been more than $200,000 raised in in-kind gifts, grants and donations. Fund raising continues for the final stages of the project that include Native American carvings and artwork to adorn the pavilion, educational signage and landscaping.

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Kay Dalke-Sheadel and Jim Cobb at the site.

“We are so grateful to the Price Foundation, our members and the community for their continuing support to help this project come to life,” Cobb said.  

The Gathering Place is expected to help attract tourists, educational field trips and history lovers to the Two Rivers Heritage Museum and the community. “We look forward to increasing our ability to share stories of our earliest history,” Cobb said. 

Find more information on The Gathering Place at Washuxwal visit www.2rhm.com.   Donations can be made online.  CWHS mission is to research, collect, preserve, and make available the rich history of Camas and Washougal, WA for the public.  Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  CWHS is a registered tax-exempt organization, Tax ID #91-1181503.

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

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