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Dick Lindstrom to lead Camas-Washougal Historical Society

The Columbian
Published: January 20, 2024, 5:59am

WASHOUGAL — The Camas-Washougal Historical Society board of directors elected new officers at their January 2024 meeting. Longtime volunteer and board member Dick Lindstrom will take on the presidency this year. Other new officers are Lois Cobb, vice president, and Nancy Carroll, secretary. Betty Egger will continue as treasurer. Outgoing officers were Tish Bayer, president, John Bayer, secretary, and Alma Ladd, vice president.

Historical society volunteers work to preserve and share the local history of the Washougal and Camas area. The group has approximately 100 members and operates the Two Rivers Heritage Museum in Washougal with a core group of active volunteers.

According to Lindstrom, one of the biggest challenges is to get more people to come to the museum. “We have many, many volunteers that have worked hard over the years to make our museum into an excellent presentation of history,” he explained. “But there are many people in Camas and Washougal that do not know we are here.”

“If you are curious at all about the history of our area you need to stop by and see what we have here. It is impressive.”

For the past two summers, the museum has been a favorite of passengers on the American Queen cruise ship during its stop at the Port of Camas-Washougal. Some days there were more than 100 visitors.

Lindstrom is excited for his year as president. “I look at history a little bit differently than most folks,” he explained. “We can all find information recorded in books, publications, and the internet. But our museum is like a footprint of history: something to look at and experience.”