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By Toni DeRosa
Wasco Tribune 

Historical Society hosts re-opening


September 12, 2019 | View PDF

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Orange Heart's Orquidea Ocampo chats with her sister, Ruvi Ocampo, before breakfast.

Eager Wascoans made it to the grand re-opening of the city's historical museum

Many had just seen their friends the evening before at the Wine and Roses event but still enjoyed the chance to get together again at the museum and check out the changes.

A section of 6th and E Street was blocked off across the street from the VFW. Chairs and tables were set up underneath a canopy to ward off the heat.

It was newly selected Rose Queen Elisa Flores' first official ribbon cutting to begin her reign.

Meanwhile, Sheriff's Activities League volunteers helped serve breakfast burritos to the guests. The VFW's Danny Rueda, Councilmember John Pallares and Downtown Business Association's Camilo Vasquez prepared the burritos in the VFW kitchen.

Mayor Alex Garcia, City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, and Council members John Pallares and Gilberto Reyna were present. Several members of the Woman's Club were also in attendance.

Some community members were unaware the museum was having a ribbon cutting but were still able to make their way to the event once heard about it.

Following the ribbon cutting, the museum was open for official tours.

Many had not been to the museum since many of the renovations took place, so this was an opportunity to see some of the work that has been accomplished in recent months.

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

From left, President Bob Ellis, Shafter Museum curator Stan Wilson and Wasco Museum Secretary Earlynne Woolly.

The renovations included new flooring in the front office, repaired lighting, a complete reorganization of the contents inside the museum and a multitude of new items attached to the walls for easy display.

The Historical Society has three board members: President Bob Ellis, Vice President Marlene Swan and Secretary Earlynne Woolly.

All three have been involved in the museum for over 30 years.

"Miguel Martinez is our renovation contractor," Swan said. "He is the one who has fixed up almost everything. He is our go-to guy."

As she posed underneath a display of vintage potato bags, Linda Fran Newcome said, "I used to work in the potato fields. I was one of many who put the potatoes in the bags."

"I've never been inside the museum before," Grand Marshal Ken Newman said. "I didn't realize how much was in here."


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