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With Washington State's full reopening today, we wanted to give an update on the Polson's ongoing interior restoration p...
06/30/2021

With Washington State's full reopening today, we wanted to give an update on the Polson's ongoing interior restoration project. We're still closed to the public but the end of our big job is within sight! Though we're not setting a reopening date yet, we are shooting for sometime in later August to open back up for the remainder of the year. We'll likely close again in early 2022 to complete our new permanent exhibits but in the meantime, the fully restored 1924 Polson mansion will be worth celebrating on its own with displays focusing on the house itself and all the recent work done during the COVID-19 shut downs. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work towards getting our doors back open this summer.

We are now finishing the final two bedrooms, a bathroom and hallway upstairs. Work here has been slow given the extensive ceiling repairs needed to remove historically-incorrect texturing done in the 1980s. That effort is nearly done and we'll be on to clean-up and final painting.

Brave the heat and check out the Push Rods car show today!  We brought "Queenie" -- Cecil Herrington's 1924 Franklin 10-...
06/26/2021

Brave the heat and check out the Push Rods car show today! We brought "Queenie" -- Cecil Herrington's 1924 Franklin 10-C -- down to Levee Street for the occasion and have a nice selection of the latest book titles for sale from the museum store. There are some wonderful old cars down there you don't want to miss seeing!

Brave the heat and check out the Push Rods car show today! We brought "Queenie" -- Cecil Herrington's 1924 Franklin 10-C -- down to Levee Street for the occasion and have a nice selection of the latest book titles for sale from the museum store. There are some wonderful old cars down there you don't want to miss seeing!

We're in the midst of cataloging a major new collection of postcards and have one here that we'd love your help identify...
05/23/2021

We're in the midst of cataloging a major new collection of postcards and have one here that we'd love your help identifying. "City Park - Aberdeen" just didn't give us quite enough clues.... we're hoping the totem pole, building and "Biggest Fir Tree in the World" will jog some memories. Thanks in advance for your help!

We're in the midst of cataloging a major new collection of postcards and have one here that we'd love your help identifying. "City Park - Aberdeen" just didn't give us quite enough clues.... we're hoping the totem pole, building and "Biggest Fir Tree in the World" will jog some memories. Thanks in advance for your help!

Hello Polson Museum fans.  Mickey Thurman here on behalf of the museum. A week ago I stopped by the museum to talk to Jo...
05/17/2021
Polson Museum Tour 5.16.21

Hello Polson Museum fans. Mickey Thurman here on behalf of the museum. A week ago I stopped by the museum to talk to John for a minute and received a fantastic tour, with John talking about all of the projects they are doing and have finished. When he was done I said "Hey you should find someone to take a video of this tour, this is really interesting, and would be a great video for historical purposes." John smiled and said "Well, how about someone like you?" "But I don't have a video camera any more," I said. "I've seen some great iPhone videos, Mickey," he said. Well, okay then.

This is my video and with John being the Master of Ceremonies, it's practically perfect in every way.

https://youtu.be/8vlQKTqxbjU

The Polson Museum in Hoquiam, WA has been shut down for several months during 2020 and all of 2021 so far during the Covid 19 Pandemic. They've taken this t...

With the Polson still closed through mid-summer for our major interior restoration, we're delighted that Harbor Drug & G...
05/13/2021

With the Polson still closed through mid-summer for our major interior restoration, we're delighted that Harbor Drug & Gifts is helping the museum by stocking two of our best selling books. If you're in to get your COVID vaccine (give them a call at 360-532-3061 to schedule!), pick up a prescription or browse their amazing gift shop, you can now buy Jan Fisher's delightful memoir "Growing Up in Hoquiam" ($15) or Aaron Going's new Billy Gohl book "Port of Missing Men" ($32). These prices include the tax and be sure to bring cash or a check. Harbor Drug is located on the corner of 8th & J Streets in downtown Hoquiam.

It is with sadness that we note the passing of our longtime secretary, Maren Buhler.  Maren worked for the Polson from 2...
05/05/2021
Maren Lee Buhler | The Daily World

It is with sadness that we note the passing of our longtime secretary, Maren Buhler. Maren worked for the Polson from 2003 through her retirement in 2019. If you visited the Polson in those years, odds are good you'd remember seeing her little "Maren B"-licensed red coupe and sparkling attire! She will be remembered and missed.

https://www.thedailyworld.com/obituaries/maren-lee-buhler/

On Jan. 29, 1944, Maren Lee arrived in Burbank, California, to beloved parents Berenice (Rau) and James Borup.

Today and tomorrow are the days to GIVE BIG in Washington!  And yes, the Polson is asking you to make a monetary gift in...
05/04/2021

Today and tomorrow are the days to GIVE BIG in Washington! And yes, the Polson is asking you to make a monetary gift in support of your local history museum. Since closing to the public in mid-November, the Polson has lost crucial revenue that will be tough to make up when we can re-open. A tax-deductible gift to the Polson is easy to do through PayPal by clicking the donate button here: http://www.polsonmuseum.org/support1.htm. And for those who prefer the added benefit of supporting our postal service, we gladly welcome donations made to the museum at P.O. Box 432, Hoquiam, WA 98550.

Since closing, our crew has made steady progress restoring the museum's interior. We've finished the first floor and are now wrapping up work on the master bedroom suite (a big job in itself which included tenting the model railroad). Every drawer, cupboard door, hinge, k**b, and switch plate had to come down for painting and polishing. We've added new ultraviolet light filtration to the windows, upgraded lighting and traded 1970s wallpaper for beautifully painted plaster walls. It's been a huge job and we'll keep at it in the coming months to complete the hallway and remaining upstairs bedrooms. We're still on target to reopen this summer and look forward to welcoming you back to a mansion with fresh luster and a museum with more locally relevant exhibits. We thank you for your patience during this closure and your generosity during these "Give Big" days!

Today and tomorrow are the days to GIVE BIG in Washington! And yes, the Polson is asking you to make a monetary gift in support of your local history museum. Since closing to the public in mid-November, the Polson has lost crucial revenue that will be tough to make up when we can re-open. A tax-deductible gift to the Polson is easy to do through PayPal by clicking the donate button here: http://www.polsonmuseum.org/support1.htm. And for those who prefer the added benefit of supporting our postal service, we gladly welcome donations made to the museum at P.O. Box 432, Hoquiam, WA 98550.

Since closing, our crew has made steady progress restoring the museum's interior. We've finished the first floor and are now wrapping up work on the master bedroom suite (a big job in itself which included tenting the model railroad). Every drawer, cupboard door, hinge, k**b, and switch plate had to come down for painting and polishing. We've added new ultraviolet light filtration to the windows, upgraded lighting and traded 1970s wallpaper for beautifully painted plaster walls. It's been a huge job and we'll keep at it in the coming months to complete the hallway and remaining upstairs bedrooms. We're still on target to reopen this summer and look forward to welcoming you back to a mansion with fresh luster and a museum with more locally relevant exhibits. We thank you for your patience during this closure and your generosity during these "Give Big" days!

Last September the Polson got a surprise visit from Gary Lewis and his "Frontier Unlimited" film crew.  Lewis's "Salmon ...
05/01/2021
Frontier Unlimited - Season 10 - Episode 1 - Salmon in the Trees

Last September the Polson got a surprise visit from Gary Lewis and his "Frontier Unlimited" film crew. Lewis's "Salmon in the Trees" episode with Hoquiam mayor Ben Winkelman is now out and you're sure to enjoy our short segment on Grays Harbor history along with all the fishing action!
https://vimeo.com/533370339

The Olympic Peninsula's legendary salmon run has started and the team gets a rare two days in a row of great September weather with chrome bright kings in a…

We're hoping our Facebook audience can assist with this research request that arrived at the Polson recently.  Below is ...
04/09/2021

We're hoping our Facebook audience can assist with this research request that arrived at the Polson recently. Below is a post from Jackie Burg Feldman who is seeking to find who locally may have carved this wooden ship for her grandmother years ago. Thanks in advance for any insights....

"My grandmother Beatrice (McKay) Burg (1900-1981) was a resident of Hoquiam from about 1908 until around 1940. She was given a lovely carved wooden ship which has been in our family for many years but doesn’t have the artist’s name recorded. As you can see, the ship was named The Beatrice and sadly no one in our family knows who carved this ship for her. The ship rests on a plaster ocean with a nice backdrop behind it and was originally in a larger rectangular glass case. When part of the original glass case broke, a closer examination was made but still did not reveal an artist’s name. Recently, a new case was made for the ship and The Beatrice sails on in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Have you ever seen a ship like this one in a Grays Harbor collection? The fine workmanship suggests that it was made by someone well-practiced in woodcarving and therefore other examples may exist in Aberdeen or Hoquiam of this person’s artistic work.

If you know of anybody who might be able to help identify the carver, please let me know!

Thank you,

Jackie (Burg) Feldman"

We're hoping our Facebook audience can assist with this research request that arrived at the Polson recently. Below is a post from Jackie Burg Feldman who is seeking to find who locally may have carved this wooden ship for her grandmother years ago. Thanks in advance for any insights....

"My grandmother Beatrice (McKay) Burg (1900-1981) was a resident of Hoquiam from about 1908 until around 1940. She was given a lovely carved wooden ship which has been in our family for many years but doesn’t have the artist’s name recorded. As you can see, the ship was named The Beatrice and sadly no one in our family knows who carved this ship for her. The ship rests on a plaster ocean with a nice backdrop behind it and was originally in a larger rectangular glass case. When part of the original glass case broke, a closer examination was made but still did not reveal an artist’s name. Recently, a new case was made for the ship and The Beatrice sails on in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Have you ever seen a ship like this one in a Grays Harbor collection? The fine workmanship suggests that it was made by someone well-practiced in woodcarving and therefore other examples may exist in Aberdeen or Hoquiam of this person’s artistic work.

If you know of anybody who might be able to help identify the carver, please let me know!

Thank you,

Jackie (Burg) Feldman"

Yesterday we finished setting up our new exhibit in the old freight room of the Hoquiam train depot.  As many of you kno...
03/27/2021

Yesterday we finished setting up our new exhibit in the old freight room of the Hoquiam train depot. As many of you know, the Polson had display space for the past several years at the Shoppes at Riverside (former South Shore Mall) -- sadly that ended this month due to recent structural damage to the mall. Our new space is fabulous and we've done our best to give the old freight room the look and feel of its past working life. We've also given "Queenie", our 1924 Franklin sedan, center stage as an appropriate transportation-related artifact to compliment the Department of Licensing's current use of the historic 1914 depot. You can view this through windows from the outside of the building any day of the week.

Yesterday we finished setting up our new exhibit in the old freight room of the Hoquiam train depot. As many of you know, the Polson had display space for the past several years at the Shoppes at Riverside (former South Shore Mall) -- sadly that ended this month due to recent structural damage to the mall. Our new space is fabulous and we've done our best to give the old freight room the look and feel of its past working life. We've also given "Queenie", our 1924 Franklin sedan, center stage as an appropriate transportation-related artifact to compliment the Department of Licensing's current use of the historic 1914 depot. You can view this through windows from the outside of the building any day of the week.

03/03/2021

The Polson is seeking a donation of a magnetic white board if anyone has such a thing kicking around. We're setting up a space to copy large format maps and architectural plans housed in our archives. Size would need to be 4' wide minimum though larger would work fine. Thanks for sharing!

Grizzly finds his Den!After nearly seven years in hibernation, Aberdeen chainsaw artist Sean Brown’s towering grizzly be...
02/20/2021

Grizzly finds his Den!

After nearly seven years in hibernation, Aberdeen chainsaw artist Sean Brown’s towering grizzly bear has finally emerged. On Wednesday, February 17, Polson Museum staff and volunteers placed the bear on a new concrete pedestal built to accommodate the carving for the enjoyment of passers by and patrons of the Grizzly Den in Hoquiam’s west end.

What is today nearly a seven-foot-tall grizzly was at first conceived of as a horse. In August, 2014, Brown was commissioned by former Aberdonian Gabe Johnson to carve a large horse to promote Johnson’s “Horses Cut Shop” company. As the principal sponsor of the Timber Revival music festival held at the Polson that August 30th, Johnson wanted a large rearing horse to emerge from the salvaged old growth cedar log donated for the event by Anderson & Middleton. As Brown began his carving during the Timber Revival, however, a bear began to take shape much to Johnson’s initial surprise, subsequent amusement, and ultimate appreciation.

Though Brown didn’t finish the bear at the one-day Timber Revival, he continued to work on the piece into 2015 as his time permitted. Johnson had meanwhile bequeathed the bear to the Polson with the hope that the museum would find it a suitable home. Director John Larson reached out to Grizzly Den owner Stacey Bonnell who enthusiastically agreed that the bear would be right at home at her restaurant.

In between museum projects, Polson volunteers Gene Park and Chrissy Williams worked to prepare the bear for placement at the Grizzly Den. Park addressed a number of rot issues present within the salvaged log, grafting in good wood to make it sound. Williams ultimately finished the bear with coats of stain and spar varnish along with a new set of marble eyes.

Polson volunteers affectionately named the Grizzly “Arnold” (after Arnold Polson) and this past week enjoyed a tasty Grizzly Den lunch seated on a picnic bench in Arnold’s shadow following the installation. That afternoon, the Polson crew decided to check on the much larger grizzly that greets all who approach the Hoquiam High School. Much to their surprise, Sean Brown was atop scaffolding making repairs to the nearly 40 year old mascot of the Hoquiam Grizzlies. Brown was especially pleased to learn that his 2014 Timber Revival commission had finally found a public home at the Den.

With Grays Harbor County entering the governor’s Healthy Washington Phase II on February 1, the Polson will remain close...
01/31/2021

With Grays Harbor County entering the governor’s Healthy Washington Phase II on February 1, the Polson will remain closed to museum visitors through the early summer of 2021. Since the governor’s November closure order, museum staff and volunteers resumed extensive restoration work inside the mansion begun during the spring shut down. Our museum store, however, has been temporarily relocated to the foyer and remains open by appointment Wednesdays through Saturdays. Researchers are also welcome to make appointments during those days though some collections are not accessible during our restoration project.

During the spring 2020 closure, we completed the mansion’s library, foyer, stairwell and landing, public restroom, kitchen hallway, second dining room and guest dressing room. Already we have finished the main dining room and are now half done with the sun room (museum store). When those spaces are finished we will have fully restored the first floor! Our crew will next move upstairs to tackle the master bedroom and dressing room before finishing with two additional bedrooms and the hallway to the servants’ quarters. Given the reduced visitorship we experienced this past summer, we believe that remaining closed this winter and spring to finish such important work is in the best long term interest of the museum and community.

Our efforts to return 1920s character and charm to the mansion is long overdue and this window of time will give us the opportunity to re-invent the Polson. Our 1924 mansion will again shine as both a first class museum and as a go-to event space for the public. Throughout the restoration process, we are processing long neglected collections (primarily clothing and hats) and will update permanent exhibits relating to Grays Harbor’s Native American, maritime, logging, sawmilling and domestic life history.

Thank you for understanding our decision to remain closed and know that we look forward to welcoming you back to the Polson next summer. We greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted here on Facebook with periodic progress reports of our work.

With Grays Harbor County entering the governor’s Healthy Washington Phase II on February 1, the Polson will remain closed to museum visitors through the early summer of 2021. Since the governor’s November closure order, museum staff and volunteers resumed extensive restoration work inside the mansion begun during the spring shut down. Our museum store, however, has been temporarily relocated to the foyer and remains open by appointment Wednesdays through Saturdays. Researchers are also welcome to make appointments during those days though some collections are not accessible during our restoration project.

During the spring 2020 closure, we completed the mansion’s library, foyer, stairwell and landing, public restroom, kitchen hallway, second dining room and guest dressing room. Already we have finished the main dining room and are now half done with the sun room (museum store). When those spaces are finished we will have fully restored the first floor! Our crew will next move upstairs to tackle the master bedroom and dressing room before finishing with two additional bedrooms and the hallway to the servants’ quarters. Given the reduced visitorship we experienced this past summer, we believe that remaining closed this winter and spring to finish such important work is in the best long term interest of the museum and community.

Our efforts to return 1920s character and charm to the mansion is long overdue and this window of time will give us the opportunity to re-invent the Polson. Our 1924 mansion will again shine as both a first class museum and as a go-to event space for the public. Throughout the restoration process, we are processing long neglected collections (primarily clothing and hats) and will update permanent exhibits relating to Grays Harbor’s Native American, maritime, logging, sawmilling and domestic life history.

Thank you for understanding our decision to remain closed and know that we look forward to welcoming you back to the Polson next summer. We greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted here on Facebook with periodic progress reports of our work.

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Hoquiam, WA
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Hello History buffs! Are you aware that Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has created this online community-based mapping system to ensure that historic assets are mapped as part of the non-regulatory based National Maritime Area as enacted by Congress? It's easy to use, and and it ensures Grays Harbor County and the South Olympic Peninsula are not forgotten when it comes to way-finding and to supporting maritime tourism-based economies! Please share with your community to make sure the rich history of the area is accurately recorded.
Hey, there's an Aberdeen address on the back page of this post card sized souvenir. Can you tell me anything more about it?
Visited Yesterday. My husband and I were the only visitors for the first 1 1/2 hours. Great old house with lots of local historical items.
Susan Wynans: Dear Polson Museum.......How did Ya do? Jim and I believed in Advertising....Your sale should have been HUGE.... Best Wishes.
Here's a fun teaser for this Saturday's Loggers' Playday! Join us at the parade downtown which starts at noon and visit our gang selling Red Car Raffle tickets at the Hoquiam Library throughout the morning and afternoon. Then head over early to Olympic Stadium when the doors open at 5 p.m. We're the "warm up" act demonstrating vintage Vaughn drag saws and an assortment of old chainsaws. They sound great live so see you at the stadium Saturday!
Does anyone know the history behind this promotional brochure and the year it was produced?
:)
Are the remains of the sale this week-end still available? I was not able to stop, but some items I might be able to pick up for the clothing bank.
Really enjoyed my visit today. The doughboy third from the left is my Grandpa John H. Poultridge.
No advertisement about your new red car raffle?