MCCLEARY MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTER

Congratulations!

With the help of Simpson Door and the Museum Supporters, we have met our goal to pay for our new building before the end of the year! It is ours, free and clear. Now comes the big work!

Come Visit Us: 

WE ARE OPEN:
Saturday: 12pm to 4pm
Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
(and by appointment: 541-660-3633)

426 S 3rd St, McCleary WA 98557

Admission is Free!

Mission Statement

The mission of the McCleary Historical Society is to serve as the collective historical memory of the City of McCleary and to serve the community as a cultural center.

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McCleary Historical Society
Photos and information from festivals' past...INVITATION TO THE FIRST ANNUAL SECOND GROWTH FESTIVALDear Friend, This year McCleary will hold its first annual Second Growth Festival on July 31, August 1 and 2. A street dance, free to festival button holders, will be the main and almost only feature of opening day, July 31. The dance will be in the evening. Saturday will be a big day, with a street parade, a locally-conducted carnival and the first Bear Eating and Judging Contest the world has ever known. The bear barbecue idea was born when Roy Craft (one of Dale's twins), who is now editor of the SKAMANIA COUNTY PIONEER in Stevenson, Washington, recently said in his column, "Everybody knows Skamania County bears are best." Norman Porter, editor of THE McCLEARY STIMULATOR, took exception to Roy's claim and challenged him to bring a bear to McCleary's festival. He promised a group of gourmets would judge the eating qualities of the two bears. Since then Mason County has entered the contest and several other areas have said they would enter before August 1. All bears will be prepared by Wendell Peugh.But that's not the really big event: Our special reason in writing you is that on Sunday, August 2, we will have an Old Timers' Picnic in the City Park, between the new City Hall and the new V.F.W. Building. Although we call it an Old Timers' Picnic, it is certainly not restricted to old timers. Any former McClearyan, or any relative or friend of a former McClearyan will be warmly welcomed. Picnic tables will be set up in the park. A welcoming committee will be on hand to greet you. We will furnish coffee, cream and sugar (bring your own lunch), and there will be ball games, a frog race, horse show and other entertainment -- plus a special program for old timers in the V.F.W. hall during the afternoon. To be a truly gala day, it needs only one thing -- that is you and your party. It will surely be a much happier day for all of us if you are there. We'll be expecting you. THE INVITATION COMMITTEE--McCleary, Washington, July 16, 1959 ... See MoreSee Less
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Our own museum curator, Charles Fattig, was the 2021 McCleary Bear Festival Grand Marshall. ... See MoreSee Less
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McCleary Citywide Garage Sale - September 18th - opens at 9 a.m. ***HOSTED BY MCCLEARY HISTORICAL SOCIETY***Send us your name, address and phone number to PO Box 544 along with $5 and we will put you on the Garage Sale Map. We will ONLY publish your address unless you give us permission to publish name and/or phone number. This will not be restricted to just McCleary. Anyone who sends $5 will have their address published. It won't be on the City map, but it will be listed as OUTSIDE THE CITY.The deadline for sending addresses is September 10th. We MUST have your information by that date to be included on the map. We will create the maps and distribute them a few days before the sale. Details on that will be posted here. Any questions - call Linda Thompson 360 495-4569. ... See MoreSee Less
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McCleary Citywide Garage Sale - September 18th - opens at 9 a.m. ***HOSTED BY MCCLEARY HISTORICAL SOCIETY***Send us your name, address and phone number to PO Box 544 along with $5 and we will put you on the Garage Sale Map. We will ONLY publish your address unless you give us permission to publish name and/or phone number.This will not be restricted to just McCleary. Anyone who sends $5 will have their address published. It won't be on the City map, but it will be listed as OUTSIDE THE CITY.The deadline for sending addresses is September 10th. We MUST have your information by that date to be included on the map. We will create the maps and distribute them a few days before the sale. Details on that will be posted here.Any questions - call Linda Thompson 360 495-4569 ... See MoreSee Less
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