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M'ville museum celebrates anniversary


Christopher Andersson

Snohomish County council member Nate Nehring, left, presents a check from the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission to Marysville Historical Society president Ken Cage, right, at the one-year celebration event for the society's museum on June 3.

The Marysville Historical Society celebrated their museum's first anniversary as well as dedicated a new exhibit on the founders and origins of the town of Marysville on June 3.

The event celebrated the one-year anniversary of the museum, which opened last year after decades of volunteer efforts and numerous local organizations donating to provide the finances for it.

The society also received $17,610 from the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission at the event.

"Since 1974 there have been many predictions about a museum for Marysville. Everything from 'it will never happen' to 'Marysville doesn't have any history to speak of,'" joked president of the Marysville Historical Society Ken Cage.

"But here we are celebrating our first year of successful operation," he said.

The society has put many volunteer hours to help create the building.

"This museum is the culmination of countless hours of planning from members of the Marysville Historical Society," said Cage.

"Many members of the society did not live to see this day, but we are hoping they are looking down at us now," he said.

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said that the society has been working on the museum since he was on the city council.

"In 2002 and 2003 we would come to our annual meeting with the Marysville Historical Society and they would always talk about their plans for a museum and I thought 'wow, I hope one day I get to see that,'" said Nehring. "It always seemed in the distant future, yet here we were one year ago celebrating the grand opening."

Nehring said that as the city continues to grow it's places like the museum that can help people understand its origins.

"When you grow from 20,000 to 40,000 to 60,000 and now almost 70,000, you don't want to lose your culture and your heritage, your small-town feel," he said.

"What I think this does for Marysville is it preserves the culture and identity of our city," he said.

Cage and the historical society also presented a new exhibit on the founders of Marysville which also presents audio histories of many of the key figures in the early history of the region.

The exhibit was financed by descendants of the Comeford family, who founded the town, and the Healy family, another important early Marysville family.

"We just want to thank all of the volunteers that made this possible. We're just so excited and our family is grateful and honored," said Brooke Healy.

Cage wanted to thank Brooke Healy and Lisa Healy, who not only provided the finances for the project but also coordinated with the studio that created the audio histories.

Snohomish County council member Nate Nehring also presented a check from the county of $17,610 to help with some finishing touches at the building.

Christopher Andersson

Descendant of Marysville founding families Brooke Healy, right, and her husband Larry Tucke, left, unveil the audio buttons that play histories for many of Marysville's important early historic figures 3.

"This is specifically designed so that we can finally get curtains on the windows in this building," said Cage.

"That will give us more opportunity to work here more often, because when the sun comes through the windows you can't work here," he said.

Brooke Healy and Jon Nehring both wanted to thank all the volunteers who are helping to preserve Marysville's history.

"Thank you to all the members of the Marysville Historical Society," he said.

"I know a whole host of you have put so much effort into making this a reality," he said.

The museum at 6805 Armar Rd., Marysville, is typically open on Tuesdays and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., with entry being a suggested donation of $3 per person.

More information about the society is available at


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