New Bylaws & Policies

After much discussion the FCHS Board of Trustees adopted an updated set of bylaws at its April meeting. In addition to the new bylaws the Board has adopted policies covering nondiscrimination and Conflict of Interest. Copies of the bylaws and
policies are available to members on request.

Meet the FCHS Board

For the second and, hopefully last, year the FCHS election of Board members was done by mail. Thanks to all the members who responded!

Here are your Board members, new and old. The election of officers was held at the April Board meeting.

Retained members, up for reelection next year:
Ray Bilderback
Bryan Bremner
Travis Wellman(newly elected Secretary)
Bart Wert

Reelected members:
Eric Hulse (current Vice-president)
Jayne Jurgensen (current Treasurer)

New Board members:
Jay Jurgensen
Mary Masingale
Madilane Perry (current President)
Jim Rochelle
Sally Rochelle

L.H. Mason Building

In April we received another visit from Spokane architect Ernie Robeson who met with Board members at the building. He has developed a revised floor plan for the Mason Building, including Board input from that meeting. A digital version of the plan and its details is available on the FCHS website.

The portion of the Washington State budget that funds the Heritage Capital Projects Grant program is fully funded for the coming biennium. This means that the planning grant for work on the Mason building will be funded. The contract should be available within the next two months.

Ray Bilderback, who has been organizing the demolition of unwanted structures in the Mason building, has purchased a plaque honoring the members of the demolition crew and the Board members who initiated the project.

Let’s Reopen!

Sometime in the next few weeks, providing there is not another Covid 19 surge, the Ferry County Historical Society Museum in the Whittaker/Fletcher House and the Kauffman Cabin will reopen to the public. The FCHS has a lot of work to do prior to opening. We need to have a work day that will be an all-hands-on-deck effort involving extensive cleaning and furniture moving. All members who can assist are encouraged to show up to shake out rugs, wash windows and curtains, dust cases, wipe down woodwork, move desks, etc.

Since the exact opening date is still unknown there’s no exact date for the workday. Please watch the pages of the Ferry County View and your email for the date.

New Donation

Linda Bonneville of Ephrata has offered the FCHS the item pictured below. It’s a promotional piece, probably a letter opener, from the Curlew Creamery.

Ms. Bonneville’s family homesteaded in the Curlew area around 1910 and probably acquired this item in the “teens when the Curlew Creamery was one of the area’s major industries. The flagship creamery was located at the north end of Curlew’s main business street but the business had branches in Grand Forks, B. C. and Spokane. Its ice cream was prized throughout the region and the recipe was eventually sold to Darigold.

The board voted unanimously to accept the item. It will be displayed along with the Curlew Ice Cream sign with its curlew bird logo and a photograph of the creamery which are already displayed at the museum.

The handle of the item is engraved “Curlew”. “Curlew Creamery” is inscribed on the blade.

Meeting Schedule

Until further notice the Board of Trustees of the Ferry County Historical Society will meet on the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 the Stonerose addition at the south end of the museum across from the park in Republic. Board meetings are open to the membership. This summer’s meetings are scheduled for June 24th, July 22, August 26 and September 23.

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