ILWACO — If it is World War I posters, mementos, or uniforms you are interested in, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco is the place you want to visit now through March as they have a world-class exhibit and all of the pieces have been loaned from local families.

The highlight of the exhibit is the many lithographs from the 1916 through 1919 period. Rod Williams’ aunt Marcella King, was post mistress at Ocean Park during the time and she carefully kept the many colorful and descriptive posters. Museum collections manager Barbara Minard and executive director Betsy Millard have created descriptive manuscripts to explain the various posters and their importance to the war effort, both at home and abroad.

Items are on loan from families in Chinook, Ilwaco, Deep River, Naselle and Long Beach. Letters that were posted in the Chinook Observer and Ilwaco Tribune of the era are in a binder as well as many other articles of how Pacific County men and women served.

A lecture by Bryan Penttila will be offered beginning at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24 concerning the Spruce Logging Division. In honor of the “dough boys” the museum will serve doughnuts and coffee at a reception and viewing of the exhibit at 5:30 p.m.

Memories and memorabilia from Europe to Siberia to the Peninsula are featured at the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with free admission  on Thursday. 

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