Northwest NEWS

January 17, 2000

Features

A new home at last for the Woodinville Historical Society

by Deborah Stone

   After twenty-five years, the Woodinville Historical Society will finally have a home.

   The Society's collection of early photos and artifacts will eventually be housed in the old brick schoolhouse, which was recently acquired by the City of Woodinville. Once the city offices are relocated to the new city hall (to be built this year), the schoolhouse will become a community center, and the Historical Society will have its own space for displays and storage.

   "It's an exciting move for us," says Gladys Berry, president of the Woodinville Historical Society. "We have waited a long time for something like this, and it is especially wonderful to be moving into a building that has so much history to it. In fact, the city has entered into an interlocal agreement with the county to preserve the building as a historical landmark. We are now in the process of applying for a grant to help us do some structural restoration and repair to the building."

   Currently, the Society's collection is being stored in various places, including people's homes, and there are many families waiting to donate items of historical interest to the area. Once the Society moves into its new quarters and has organized its inventory, there will be open hours for the public to come by and view displays of its collection.

   The Society also recently purchased an old mill from the estate of Henry Washkuhn, an early resident of Woodinville. The mill dates back to the 1940s and was in use up until the 1980s. Currently, the Society is working with the city to find a location for the mill.

   "We hope to put it in a Woodinville park," says Berry, "so the public can come and learn about how wood was milled years ago. We bought it to help preserve Woodinville's history, as logging was an important industry in this area."

   The Woodinville Historical Society is always looking for new members, and volunteers are especially needed to help organize its inventory.

   Donations to the mill fund are also sought. For more information, contact Gladys Berry at 425-483-8270.