Pateros seeks volunteers for Museum Committee


A large array of mounted photos reflects life in and around early Pateros

Photo by Mike Maltais One mural, one of several on display at the Pateros Museum, depicts the journey of explorer, David Thompson.
PATEROS – The spotlight is back on the Pateros Museum as Mayor Carlene Anders has issued an invitation for community volunteers to serve on a Museum Committee. Anders said that with all the other city priorities that have required attention over the past few years “we lost the momentum on the museum and need to get it back.”

PATEROS – The spotlight is back on the Pateros Museum as Mayor Carlene Anders has issued an invitation for community volunteers to serve on a Museum Committee.
Anders said that with all the other city priorities that have required attention over the past few years “we lost the momentum on the museum and need to get it back.”
The museum is housed in a portion of City Hall and includes an impressive array of several large murals donated to Pateros by the Douglas County PUD in 2013.
One of those depicts explorer David Thompson, the first white man to traverse and map the Columbia River from its headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. Following some difficulties and delays, Thompson passed the site of present-day Pateros sometime around July 6, 1811. This information and more can be seen at the museum on a large panel describing Thompson’s voyage.
A 2009 grant allowed the city to convert the old Pateros Fire Hall, then part of today’s City Hall, into a modern museum facility.
The city held the museum’s official ribbon-cutting during a 2011 re-enactment of Thompson’s Columbia Brigade, according to the museum’s website, www.pateros.com.
Anders said the committee will help the city determine “how to best proceed” with additions and upgrades to the space.
The next meeting of the Museum Committee is at 2:30 p.m, Thursday, March 2 at City Hall.
 

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