Museum will happen; just a question of where

The Chronicle (Centralia)April 28, 2014 

BUCODA – Don Montgomery, a member of the nonprofit Bucoda Foundation, sees the partly renovated Bucoda Community Center on Main Street as the perfect location for the town’s first museum.

Mayor Alan Carr agrees, but not about which room in the community center should house the museum.

Carr has identified two unfinished rooms in the back of the community center for the museum. The Bucoda Foundation, however, has raised $150,000 to restore the community center and is asking for the finished rooms, currently used by local churches and groups.

The town of Bucoda purchased the community center building from the Odd Fellows Organization in December 2003. Since then, the town has considered building its first museum inside the community center.

“It’s something that should have been done a long time before,” Montgomery said.

“There is a lot of heritage and history here in Bucoda. I’d like to see it displayed, but it needs to be done correctly,” Carr said.

Montgomery, chair of the foundation’s museum committee, said the group has already started to write grant applications and has identified 27 displays that could be presented.

The displays would include Bucoda baseball team memorabilia, a mural of downtown Bucoda in 1942, the history of sawmills in the area, and pictures and lists of schools and town leaders.

The foundation is proposing to provide volunteers and manage the museum while the town owns the building. Carr said he approves of a museum as long as it does not cost the town any money.

Montgomery hopes to have the museum open within the year.

Montgomery said it is important for the museum to be in the more visible space off Main Street to attract attention from those driving by.

Montgomery said he hopes to gain the council and community’s support for the project.

“It’s all vacant,” Montgomery said. “We are not trying to take over the whole building. We just want the one room.”

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