COMMUNITY ROOM

Available for rent by contacting Lloyd Stoess at (509) 954-3927 or via email.

Free Wi-fi, table and chairs provided. Restroom available.

MUSEUM

The Washtucna Heritage Museum is a small volunteer-sourced and -staffed museum about a small eastern Washington town.

Our home, formerly a Washtucna business called Snyder Electric  opened in March of 1947 and later expanded to sell housewares and  insurance, has long been a site for community-focused gatherings.  At one time in the early 1950s, the Washtucna Commercial Club held meetings within its walls and worked to get the site of Palouse Falls accepted as a state park.

Our board was fortunate to have chosen a building whose owner was also a preservationist at heart, and we were gifted the building by the Jones family in 2016.

Community center, historical museum project continues in Washtucna (Ritzville Journal, July 16, 2015)

#thatNWbus

The magic of #thatNWbus is a little bit irresistible. Our board had been aware of the social media sensation, driving past it on journeys south and seeing the part-living guest book, part-art gallery change before our eyes. Then suddenly our landscape was going to change forever when the Department of Natural Resources decided it was more of liability than a charming roadside attraction.

The museum board had less than one week to determine the plausibility and logistics of moving a former Toppenish School District 1955 Kenworth Pacific School Bus. A flurry of emails, phone calls, site visits and some of that bus' magic later and the traveling Instagrammers favorite was relocated to Washtucna.

Through a generous land donation from Blankenship Farms in 2018, the only thing about the bus that will be changing in the near future is the paint job.  

In 2019, WSU's RCDI put together a conceptual site plan for an art park/Ice Age Floods learning trail. Want to help us make this plan a reality? Hit the donate button located on the main page.

#ThatNWBus has no wheels but it's on the move (Tri-City Herald, June 25, 2017)

Happy ending for #ThatNWBus on road from Tri-Cities to Pullman (Tri-City Herald, July 9, 2017)

#ThatNWBus finds home outside of Washtucna (Ritzville Journal, July 13, 2017)

THE LODGE

In August of 1901 the Lodge of Woodsmen of Washtucna began work on the 2 story 32' by 85' frame building. It was completed November, 1901, by Pettyjohn and Krider Construction Company from Ritzville for a cost of $3,000. The lodge hall was on the 2nd floor and for many years the 1st floor was a hardware store managed by L.L. Bassett. Bassett was the eldest son of G.W. Bassett, founder of the town of Washtucna and one of the earliest settlers in the county. L.L. Bassett graduated from the Portland Business College in 1899 and for many years was an important business and civic leader in the community. This building is probably one of the oldest frame commercial buildings in the county still standing. The building has a boomtown false front facade common to frontier west frame commercial construction. An interesting feature is the old fire escape slide which is still intact. This was a common addition to schools and other public buildings during the early 1900's.

(Adams County Inventory of Historic Places, December 1979)

The Lodge is our latest project, one that would not have been possible without the building donation in 2018 by Jack Guske, - a historian to the core. Our board and some very appreciated volunteers set straight to work mothballing the building and closing up the portion of the roof that had finally yielded to our region's relentless winds.

Short-term emergency funding is being sought to help us keep this gem steady for another century to come.

MILESTONES

Goodwill Donation Trucks totalling $4,714. Proceeds were  split with local organizations (Lions Club, WPDA, Grange, SNYP)

Annual Fundraising Event ($6,000+$7,000+$7,000)

NWFCS Grant Award in the amount of $1,500

Caring Neighbors Awards totalling $3,000

Avista Foundation Awards totalling $5,915

2019 Valerie Sivinski Fund (Washington Trust for Historic Preservation) in the amount of $500

2016: Snyder Electric Building Donation by Jones family

2017: HVAC install in Snyder Electric building

2017: Acquisition of #thatNWbus from WA DNR

2017: Hazardous Tree Removal

2017: Gutter Repaired

2018: Land donation for #thatNWbus by Blankenship Farms

2018: Old Furnace Removed

2018: Bathroom Remodel

2018: Lodge Building Donation by Jack Guske

2019: Repair of deteriorated building corner

2019: Establishment of Food Bank Distribution Center in the Community Room

2020: Repair of Leaking Roof Through Capital Appropriation from the State Budget

FOOD BANK

FOOD BANK DISTRIBUTes from THE COMMUNITY ROOM NEXT TO THE MUSEUM

Serving Families from the Washtucna, Ralston, Benge, and Hooper Areas

We are working closely with WSDA on monitoring developments concerning COVID-19. It is an evolving situation, but there are a lot of things we can do to prepare. We are strongly encouraging you and your team to review the attached “COVID-19 Prevention Practices for Hunger Relief Organizations” document that was developed in partnership with WSDA. We’re also recommending this landing page on the WSDA website for updates and additional resources. https://agr.wa.gov/services/food-access/fa-covid-19

At Second Harvest, we are working to ensure that our volunteers, staff, and partners are all safe. We have implemented additional sanitization procedures and we will also continue to monitor the situation closely. Our priority will remain getting donated food to your agencies to support the important work you do to help hungry people. And, of course, if government officials request or require additional measures be taken to address the COVID-19 situation, we will partner with them to minimize the impact on food distribution as much as possible.

Thanks for all of the work you do. Stay healthy and be well!

Sincerely,

The Second Harvest Team