Community Historian Project receives state and national recognition

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO CPHM Director, Betsy Millard receives award from WaMA President, Joseph Govednick and WaMA Vice-President, Sadie Thayer.

ILWACO — The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s innovative Community Historian Project received a Washington Museum Association Award of excellence during the recent WaMA annual conference in Moses Lake.

The award reads:

“Created to develop a cohesive group of people knowledgeable about community history and heritage, this project has given unique opportunities to learn, explore, and educate others about local history, and has produced a unique and lasting contribution to the community of history of Pacific County and Washington state. Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is commended for its work in developing the project for researchers. Theirs is an exemplary contribution to Washington’s museum field in education and outreach.”

In addition, the Community Historian Project has been identified as a model program by the American Association of State and Local History, based in Nashville Tennessee. AASLH has been awarded a grant from Humanities Tennessee to pilot a new program, Master Local Historians. The program, loosely based on the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum’s Community Historian Project, is a training program that highlights the relevance of historical inquiry for the general public and provides people with an opportunity to hone their historical research, writing, and interpretation skills.

The Community Historian Project now has 55 graduates. It is held from mid-January to mid- April at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. For more information please call the Museum.

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free on Thursdays thanks to the Port of Ilwaco.

For more information please call 360-642-3446 or visit

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