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  • Written by Lisa Allen, Valley View Editor
Year’s worth of functions planned for Duvall and city’s new Visitor and Centennial Center

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Taking part in the Feb. 2 ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Duvall Visitor and Centennial Center are, from left, historical re-enactors Kris Wylie (Kate Dougherty), Michelle Tuck (Rose Norenberg), Duvall Foundation for the Arts President Kim Piira, Duvall Chamber of Commerce President Scott Thomas, Duvall Mayor Will Ibershof, Kimberly Engelkes (Duvall Historical Society) and Ron Tuck (portraying Lon Brown).
Lisa Allen/staff photo
DUVALL–They came, they saw, they remembered.

 

It was “Old Home Week” for Valley natives and long-time residents as they visited with old friends and admired historical photographs during the first two events held at the new Duvall Visitor and Centennial Center.

The first event was the Feb. 2 grand opening of the center where visitors could see the newly remodeled former library, check out local businesses and talk to historians.  The second function, just a couple of days later, was local author Allen Miller’s historical presentation and judging from the size of the crowd that attended it appeared many recent arrivals are just as interested as the older folks in the history of the place they now call home, especially in this, the city’s centennial year.

Because the building was the home of the town library for decades, it took some sprucing up to make the transformation. Numerous volunteers spent countless hours cleaning, painting and laying carpet.

Owned by the city and leased out free of charge for the centennial year to the Duvall Chamber and Duvall Foundation for the Arts, the building is meant to be not only a community gathering place but also an event rental space and community group headquarters. The public is invited to stop by during business hours to relax, use the wi-fi and learn about the town’s history.

Winter hours are Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Groups can book an event by contacting the Duvall Chamber of Commerce at (425) 788-9182 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The center is spacious, but  currently a bit spartan due to lack of furnishings and office supplies. There is an extensive “needs” list for those who wish to donate. For information, contact the Chamber or Duvall Foundation for the Arts at (425) 788-3928 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Re-enactors circulated through the crowds during the Feb. 2 grand opening of the Duvall Visitor and Centennial Center. From left, Kris Wylie (portraying Kate Dougherty), Tom Norenberg, son of longtime Duvall librarian Rose Norenberg, Michelle Tuck (portraying Rose Norenberg) and Ron Tuck (portraying Lon Brown, Duvall’s first mayor). Lisa Allen/staff photo
The Centennial Committee is planning numerous other events that will take place throughout the year, including a community bonfire, piano drop, dinner and a movie night for the release of the Duvall documentary film, Hot Summer Nights, and much more.

 

Dates are to be determined and will be posted to this calendar of events: http://duvall100.duvallwa.gov/WebForm2.aspx.

The DVCC’s facebook page contains photos, party information and more.https://www.facebook.com/DuvallVisitorCenter

Twenty artists applied to do the artwork for the Centennial. The Centennial Way Public Art Installation Committee has narrowed the artist selection down to the final three, then the City Council must approve the vote/plans before the announcement is made public. As of press time the artists’ names had not been announced.

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