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Marysville Historical Society opens new museum

 

Christopher Andersson

Ken Cage, president of the Marysville Historical Society, thanks those who helped in the building of the organization's new museum during the building's grand opening on June 3.

The Marysville Historical Society held the grand opening of their museum on June 3.

The museum will store and exhibit the organizations historical artifacts and also serve as a meeting place or rental hall for the community.

The new building located near Jennings Park is at 6805 Armar Road.

Items from Marysville's early history as a logging town and artifacts from its growth in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s are currently displayed in exhibits throughout the museum.

"It's a tremendous asset for the city of Marysville," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, who thanked the historical society for their work on the project.

"These people care about preserving the heritage of Marysville," he said.

Nehring said that Marysville has grown, but many community members still connect to the small town it used to be.

"A lot of people have a lot of deep roots in this community and, as we've grown from a small community to a big-sized city of 67,000, it's really critical we remember where we came from," he said.

"This facility right here and the Marysville Historical Society really helps us do that," he said.

It will be a good place to learn a lot about the city itself, said Jesica Stickles, president of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.

"A lot of people come and want to see a piece of Marysville. They say 'can you show me something that says a lot about Marysville in a short amount of time' and this is a wonderful thing to refer people to," she said.

The museum's main hall is also meant to be a place that the community can rent or use as a meeting place.

"It is our hope that this building will fill the real need for a place to hold gatherings of all kinds, from weddings to anniversaries, reunions or any other type of party you need," said Marysville Historical Society president Ken Cage.

"This is a great space for the community to be utilized for all different kinds of things," said Bob DeFever, president of the Marysville Noon Rotary. The local Rotary Club plans to use the hall for their meetings now.

The museum has long been a goal of the local Marysville Historical Society.

"Twenty-plus years ago Ken approached Rotary with a dream to put this together," said DeFever. "To be honest I wondered if it would ever happen."

"In 2002 when I first started on the City Council I remember their update then, and they would continually update us on their dream to put a museum up in Marysville," said Nehring.

Community groups brought together enough resources to help make the building possible though.

Christopher Andersson

Marysville Historical Society board member Stephen Muller demonstrates the use of an old step-switch telephone, an exhibit at the organization's new museum, during the building's grand opening on June 3.

"This project was like an old-fashioned barn raising where all the neighbors would get together and put up a building for their community, and we're so thankful for all our partners in Marysville for that," said Cage.

The Marysville Noon Rotary donated a little more than $250,000 and local businesses like Cuz Concrete, E&E Lumber and Jubie Construction helped make the museum happen.

Cage also thanked Marysville Historical Society board members and the project manager for the museum, Stephen Muller, a society board member and Marysville City Council member.

More information about the Marysville Historical Society is available at marysvillehistory.org.

 

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