Cascade Association of History and Museums

“Understanding the past provides a foundation for the present and insight into the future”

The Cascade Association of Museums and History (CAMAH) is an organization promoting collaboration among museums and historic places within Kittitas County. We support members by fostering communication and sharing of information, ideas and resources while enhancing our ability to serve the public interest.

In the fall of 2010, representatives from five of Kittitas County’s historical sites and museums met for the first time at the Carpenter House in Cle Elum, WA. Our goals were to:

  1. Get to know one another,
  2. Learn more about the unique sites we each represent,
  3. Explore how we could work together and learn from each other,
  4. Set up and work toward some common goals.

At the first meeting we decided our first objective was to find ways to communicate to the public that part of American’s history, which can be told through the history of our county.
After establishing our non-profit status with the Northern Kittitas County Historical Society as our fiscal agent, our first project was the development of a brochure/map with information about our historic sites including photos, directions and other contact information.

With the help of NKC Tribune Design Services, the brochure was a resounding success for our visitors. They now had clear information in hand inviting them to explore not just one site when they stopped in our county, but six different locations: The Roslyn Museum and The Roslyn Cemetery, Cle Elum’s Carpenter House Museum and Art Gallery and Telephone Museum, the South Cle Elum Rail Yard National Historic District, and Thorp Mill in Thorp, WA.
In the winter of 2012, two more historical sites joined our group: The Swauk Teanaway Grange in Cle Elum and the Kittitas County Historical Museum in Ellensburg. We applied for and received money from the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners through their Hotel/Motel Tax Fund. With their generous support, we are establishing a webpage, reprinting our brochure and mailing out invitations to tour groups, recreation and senior centers, chambers of commerce – and other groups throughout the state.

In the future we hope to organize day and weekend tours for groups to all of our sites, coordinate with community event and businesses, promote entertainment activities, develop a self-directed tour CD and/or telephone application – actually many, many other ideas are brewing in our collective heads. We invite you to visit our webpage often or contact us to find out what we’re up to next …

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