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Friends of the Aberdeen Museum move into new offices at 200 W. Market Street (K Street entrance). Volunteers launch monthly photo displays of local Aberdeen and Grays Harbor history at First Friday events at the Aberdeen Art Center.

December 1 – The Friends participate in the Winterfest Marketplace with a photo display of Christmas Through the Decades. Also on display are vintage posters of Santa and of The Nativity dating from about the 1940s.

The Friends host the Historian of the Year Award, honoring John Larson, director of the Polson Museum. The dinner and award presentation is celebrated at the Rotary Pavilion. Keynote speaker is John Hughes, Washington State Historian.


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April 27 – Photos of the early days of Hoquiam are displayed at Historic Hoquiam Memories held at the Hoquiam Timberland Library as The Friends join this annual event.

June 9 – The anniversary of the Museum fire is remembered in a photo display at the Aberdeen Sunday Farmers Market.

June 29 – Volunteers of The Friends march and ride in the Founders Day Parade, along with friends from the Polson Museum.

July 27 – The Friends participate in Aberdeen’s first Rain Glow Festival by creating lighted pathways inside the Morck Hotel. Volunteers dress in period costume and interpret various sites within the tour highlighted by images from the hotel’s opening in 1924.

August 10 – Myrtle Street Dance held on the border between Aberdeen and Hoquiam. Event features live music, dancing, a mayoral trivia contest, food trucks and beer garden. An exhibit on the history of Electric Park is provided by the Polson Museum.

August 17 – Volunteers are celebrated at a Thank You dinner held in the former dining room at the Morck Hotel.

September – The Friends launch a new Hands on History program, including History Suitcases for use in local schools, History Chats in select venues and a Reading Corner where visitors may stop in and peruse our collection of stories on the People of Grays Harbor, Polk Directories, oral history interviews, books about Grays Harbor and photo binders of past months’ displays.

October 19 – The Friends join the Volunteer Opportunities Fair held at the Hoquiam Elks Lodge.

November 1 – First Friday features local veterans, with photos of the 5 Medal of Honor winners from Grays Harbor, as well as numerous men and women who served in our armed forces. Also on display are artifacts such as a WWII mess kit, medals and memorabilia. The first of our History Suitcases is viewed by visitors.

December 7 – The Winterfest Marketplace is graced with a display of photographs from holidays gone by and of major blizzards.

Myrtle Street Dance

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Co-hosted by The Friends of The Aberdeen Museum and the Polson Museum, the dance will include music from two bands.

The gathering is inspired by the Hoquiam and Aberdeen communities. We want to celebrate the caring and the support they have shown to each other recently. We hope to have a fun and relaxing day where we can build further support and communication. We want citizens and community leaders to know they are appreciated and their kindness has not gone unnoticed.

From 1 to 4,  Stan The Man and the Harbor All Stars, featuring Stan Foreman, Dave Reed, Bruce Hughes, and Maitland Ward, will entertain playing music from the 60s and 70s. From 4 to 7 dance to 8 Second Ride from Tacoma playing country western music.

Bring a chair, sit back and enjoy the music or cut the rug (or in this case pavement). When you need a break there will be food vendors, a beer garden, and friends to greet and new folks to meet.

For the event, we will close Myrtle street between Sumner and Cherry, as well as part of Cherry Street and we have the use of the PUD parking lot. We picked this block of Myrtle as a remembrance of Electric Park. It was a place where communities came together sharing a ballfield and electric production. We will have a display highlighting the facility to remind attendees of the meaning of the location.

Date and Time
Saturday Aug 10, 2019
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Myrtle Street – PUD parking lot. Between Sumner and Cherry Streets.

Contact Information
Becky Carossino, Chairman 360-580-5166


Rain Glow Festival – Morck Hotel

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Morck Hotel scene with lightsThe 1st year of the Rain Glow Festival was truly a fun event. The Friends “glowing world” at the Morck Hotel was a smashing success with 500+ visitors enjoying the beautiful display. The Friends of the Aberdeen Museum recognize the many wonderful volunteers as well as business supporters who made our display possible including, but not limited to, Becky/Doug  – Jones Photo Collection, Harbor Tools, and Polson Museum.

Scattered throughout the 1st floor of the Morck, Friends of the Aberdeen Museum volunteers in circa 1920 costumes were positioned near 3×5 blow up photos of the orPatti standing nest to picture in flapper outfitoriginal hotel. There was live music from the mezzanine, a collection of memorabilia, and a column/chair/table flower replication of the original hotel. It was extremely gratifying to receive praise from the visitors for the opportunity to see and understand what the old hotel was like.


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In 1915, surveying started for the Wishkah Water project.  This project built a large wooden pipe from the headworks of the Wishkah River to Aberdeen to furnish pristine water.  After completion men were hired who regularly walked a 15 mile route to assure the pipe was well maintained.

1915 Wishkah Falls Survey Crew (From Joe Malinowski Collection)

Pictured above is Ben Tarpin’s Survey Crew Wishkah Water Project Feb 1915 Wishkah Falls Crew.
Left to Right Mr. Colpits, (Cook) McCall, Sig Hagfors, Unknown, Mr. Sharp, Adam Lang (Langiewicz – went by shortened version for many years.), Hi Torpen, Ben Torpen. (1915 Wishkah Falls Survey Crew from Joe Malinowski Collection)

These ladies with their rolling pins are protesting something circa late 20’s. But who are they and what are they protesting?

Looks like a lovely family but whose?
Nothing like the joys of busting up a little bootleg!
A. J West Orchestra.  Know anyone?

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Did you know that long before color photos were available you could have a color photo?  Photo studios hired artists to meticulously reproduce the colors.  Beth Achey Malinowski tinted for the Jones Photo Co. for many years.   As an example of her work this is a black & white photo of herself.

Contact Friends of Museum

Visit our office
Market & K St (K St Entrance)

Volunteers are in the office Thursday and Friday from 1-4 pm and during Aberdeen First Fridays from 5-8 pm.

PO Box 722
Aberdeen, Washington 98520
(360) 533-1976

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