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Darold Wax | Our local historians preserved a wealth of information

Let’s hear if for the caretakers of our past. That could be a tall order, stretching from the History faculty at Harvard to the many family genealogists who operate at the micro-level. I have in mind a smaller cohort, the local historians who have prepared written accounts of our area communities. Their combined efforts have resulted in a shelf of books preserving our regional history. Wenatchee, to begin with our urban hub, has produced several historians. John Gellatly’s “A History of Wenatchee,” published in 1963, is regarded as the authoritative ...
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Darold Wax | It takes creativity, engagement to keep museum alive

As residents of near — by communities can attest, operating a small local museum has its challenges. For starters, an engaged citizenry is necessary. Lacking such a base, the effort is likely doomed from the outset. Equally vital is an active and imaginative board of directors, able to envision and plan. And all bets are off without a corps of volunteers willing to labor in the trenches, assisting with everything from washing windows and sweeping floors to greeting visitors. The Mansfield Museum, happily, is well-endowed with these crucial elements.
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Darold Wax | The Mansfield Museum — busy collecting and connecting

Like most museums, the Mansfield Museum is home to a variety of exhibits, some designed as more or less permanent while others, including our special annual displays, have a shorter public lifespan. All, however, permanent and temporary, depend upon the cooperation and generosity of our supporters for the artifacts and other pieces that make up each display. Without citizen involvement, our museum would be hard-pressed to deliver on a key assignment: to preserve and present, with the aim of revealing the past and informing the future. And so the Mansfield ...