Night At The Museum

Interested in learning more about the history of our local area?  Please join us for a NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM on Thursday evenings this summer as we hear from locals who have stories to share about our upper county history.  Sessions are held in the Carpenter House Museum’s basement (accessed directly thru the north facing basement steps) from 6:30-7:30pm.  At the end of each presentation, there will be time to take questions from the audience, followed by a short social time with refreshments available.  Our exciting line-up of speakers and topics for the summer include:

June 9 – CLE ELUM’S #7 MINE AND EARLY MINING HISTORY, presented by Gordon Jones, a life-long resident of the upper county, active community member, and member of the No. 7 Hill Historic Preservation Committee.  Gordon will share his passion for Cle Elum’s mining history through stories and photos he has discovered. (See video of this presentation below.)

June 30 –CLE ELUM’S FIRE OF 1918, presented by Roberta Newland, a teacher and author whose grandparents immigrated to Cle Elum from Italy in 1916.  Roberta will report on her research into the devastating fire of 1918 and have copies of her book THE CLE ELUM FIRE OF 1918 available for purchase.  (See video of this presentation below.)

July 14 –WHAT DOES THE SPACE SHUTTLE HAVE TO DO WITH EASTON? presented by the Easton History Seekers Collaborative led by Dan Plouse.  This Easton collaborative has some fun stories to share on its mines, saloons, bootlegging, I-90 toll booths, and its incredible connection to the space shuttle.

August 4 – BACKCOUNTRY PACKING INTO THE OKANAGON-WENATCHEE NATIONAL FOREST, presented by Louie Osmonovich.  Well-known life-long resident of the upper county and former teacher, Louie will share some fun stories and slides of his adventures while packing horses and individuals into the high lakes of upper Kittitas County.

August 25 – UNEARTHING THE HISTORY OF ROSLYN’S BLACK PIONEERS, presented by Alisa Weis.  Up and coming author Alisa Weis has authored two fictional novels centered around various historic tidbits of Roslyn’s past. She will be sharing stories of her research into Roslyn’s history and the preparation of her novels, and will have copies of her books, THE EMBLEM and SWIFTWATER, available for purchase.

Seating is limited, so get there early!  We look forward to seeing you at the Carpenter House Museum located at 302 West Third Street, Cle Elum.

Past Speakers & Videos:

June 9, 2022 lecture video by Gordon Jones on Cle Elum’s Mining History (see video below);

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June 30, 2022 lecture video by Roberta Newland on the Cle Elum Fire of 1918 (see video below):

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Our 2019 Fall lecture series wrapped up on October 3rd with Paul Fridlund discussing the Roslyn Mine Explosions.  See video of his presentation below:

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The 2019 series began September 19th with The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly:  The Tumultuous Years of Upper County Hard Rock Mining by Sue Litchfield and Lynda Solter.  See video of their discussion below (two parts):

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The first two of our 2018 lectures took place in June and August:  In June Roberta Newland and John Newland-Thompson discussed and presented their newly published book on “The Cle Elum Fire of 1918” (see video below).

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In August, Shirley Wainright presented information on the new DNA component of family history and ways to use DNA in furthering one’s family geneaology search.  [Note:  Due to the personal family history discussed at this presentation, we are not able to present this video online.]  Our last lecture for 2018 was on October 11th with guest lecturer Mary Pittis updating us about the new train engine coming to the South Cle Elum Depot.  Following are the Powerpoint slides from that presentation.

Our 2017 lectures focused on life during World War II.

October 12, 2017:  Hartvig Vatheuer and Helga Johnson “Life in Germany”

PART I – Watch Video

PART II – Watch Video

October 26, 2017: Bonnie Hawk “Local Life”

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