Two Rivers Heritage Museum is operated by the Camas-Washougal Historical Society.
The purpose of the Society is to solicit, receive, assemble, collect, research, preserve and make available for the present and future public, historical data, information, oral histories, artifacts, documents and photographs that tell the story of the history and development of the Camas and Washougal area of Clark County, Washington State,U.S.A.
The Society is to operate and maintain the Two Rivers Heritage Museum at 1 Durgan
Street in Washougal, Washington and such libraries and archives and carry out any other
activities that may be necessary or desirable to display and preserve its accessions.
1978 – Local citizens formed the Camas Washougal Historical Society to save the 100 year old Van Vleet home at Parkers Landing. Three days later, an arsonist burned the historic home to the ground and the new group became a recovery work party that spent several days collecting square nails, bricks, shards, tool parts, and anything else that could be saved.
1981 – The first museum space was a room obtained in the basement of the Camas Library and the museum became known as the “Camas Washougal Historical Society Museum”. That room was soon filled up and items were being stored all over Clark County.
1991 – A large donation from the Barbara Heriford Estate was received and the board saw a need to find a new location.
1991- The city of Washougal offered a site at 17th and B streets for construction of a new museum. An old gas station at that location was set up as headquarters for the Capitol Building Fund Campaign.
1993 – An architect was hired to prepare drawings for the new 3 story museum building.
1996– The Gift Gallery building at 16th and Front streets was put on the market and it was deemed a more desirable site because of its lower cost and an accelerated time line for opening a new museum. It seemed to be an ideal location and the building had basement storage.
1996 – All the artifacts were finally gathered in one place, the remodeling was complete, and the museum opened under the name “Two Rivers Heritage Museum”.
1997 – The Camas Business and Professional Women’s Club disbanded and, because several of the women were Society members, they deeded their building to the museum. The property was used for a year, then sold to pay off the existing mortgage.
1999 – Christine Kropp, a former Camas Paper Mill executive secretary, bequeathed the Society a sizable donation that allowed a measure of financial stability.
2002 – A 4,500 square-foot basement and a main floor were added to the building.
2009 – The Carriage House was built for the museum’s larger items such as a Dr.’s buggy, bee keeping and prune harvesting equipment, and large tools.
Today – The Museum currently has a large collection of Native American baskets and artifacts. We inherited a fantastic old doll collection and antique glass and china items. We have a collection of more than 6000 photos of local businesses, buildings and people. We also have dairy, farming, logging, musical instruments, old kitchen displays, books, land records, cemetery records, many family history records, antique furniture, toys, tools, a replica of a farm blacksmith workshop, and an old Washougal town pump. Visitors from all over come to the museum to research their homes, property, and relatives. Our gift shop includes published history by local authors.
Two Rivers Heritage Museum is rich in the history and culture of our past. We invite you to visit!