After dark tours of Perkins House are being planned for the last week in October. Since visiting hours have expanded we have a regular stream of visitors coming to the house. Many of the guests coming through are asking if we have “after dark” tours similar to the St. Ignatius hospital tours and those of the historic buildings downtown. I’ve wanted to make the Perkins House more visible to the general public since I became House Coordinator and “this is the perfect opportunity to do just that” says Theresa Dale.
Starting on Thursday, Oct 27th and running through Halloween on Monday the 31st three tours a night are scheduled. Tour groups will be limited to 6 people at a time and will last about 45 minutes. Keeping the groups small will allow for more personal interaction. Tours will be conducted by a volunteer docent and will take place by “modern candlelight” No open flames are allowed in the house for obvious reasons, so a flashlight will be carried by the all volunteer tour guides as well for safety’s sake. All other lights in the house will be turned off.
On Thursday, Sunday and Monday tours will begin on the hour starting at 8 p.m. and lasting for about 45 minutes. Additional tours will begin at 9 p.m. and 10 pm.
Friday and Saturday night tours will begin at nine, ten, and eleven p.m We will be getting a later start because “Best Western is renting the house from 5 until 8 those two nights for their “Murder Mystery dinner packages.
Cost for the tours will be $25 per person payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations can be made by either e-mailing Theresa at “PerkinsCoordinator@g-mail.com or calling 397-2555.
Plans for Halloween night also include welcoming the little ghosts and goblins to “Trick or Treat” at the south side front door. We plan to start handing out “old-time” candy at3 p.m
I’m hoping to bring in some funds to pay for the much needed supplies to properly care for and store our large clothing collection. If you don’t have alot of time for volunteering this would be a great opportunity to do so for a short period of time. To decorate with I’m looking for gifts of corn stalks, pumpkins, gourds and a hay bale or two. In keeping with the time period from 1880 to 1910 we’ll use supplies that would have been availble to the Perkins family.
I am needing volunteers to cleanup the Johnson Cemetery in Johnson. Would anyone in your group be interested? Thank you, Chris Myers
Dave and Chris Myers [firstname.lastname@example.org]
In 2013, WCHS made a trip to the Hanford site and visited the historic B Reactor and the LIGO project. The LIGO project was endeavoring to prove Einstein’s theory of special relativity using sensitive monitor. Well, recently they did prove it as discussed in the attached article. We participated in history in the making!
The Snake River Six will NOT be appearing this year.
June 26, 2016 – 1:00 to 4:00 at the Perkins House in Colfax.
This year we are celebrating 130 years of the Perkins House and 146 years for the Cabin.
Returning this year is the ever popular SNAKE RIVER SIX
View updated photo displays of area communities and information on the Perkins family in the upstairs photo room
Colfax Art Council will display the Downtown banner entries and announce the winner
Dedication of the Wolfe River apple tree to reintroduce a heritage orchard
NEW THIS YEAR: CAKE FROM SCRATCH CONTEST. Contact Theresa at the Perkins House for info 509-397-2555
And, of Course, ICE CREAM
The Ice Cream Social is great fun for the whole family. Beautiful weather and plenty of ice cream make for a fun day.
COME JOIN US!
WCHS is announcing a Spring trip to Hooper, WA, and the three falls on the Palouse River. Save the date of April 30th to participate. Sign-up information will be available on this site soon. Contact: Dan Leonard email@example.com
Learn more about Washington’s Centennial Farms, 25 Years Later on the WSDA website at:
WHITMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Sunday, June 28th 2015
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Perkins House – Colfax, WA
Admission is free but donations are appreciated. This is the one yearly fund raising event for the W.C.H.S. This year’s Ice Cream Social promises to be the biggest and best in many years. Come and spend a few hours, visit with friends and take in some of the following exhibits and displays:
- MUSIC BY THE BAND – Auf Gehts
- HISTORIC PERKINS HOUSE TOURS
- EARLY 1900’s FIRE TRUCK – Colfax Fire Dept.
- HOMEMADE PIES & FERDINAND’S ICE CREAM
- HO GAGE TRAIN LAYOUT – Lewiston/Clarkston Train Club
- HISTORIC PERIOD CLOTHING FASHION SHOW
- WHITMAN COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
- SERVING HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS, CHIPS AND SODA
- WHITMAN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY – Visit with Joe Pakootas & Ken Caylor
- OPERATION LIFESAVER EXHIBIT
- BOOK SIGNING:
MARTY MULLEN – “Reflections of the Road”
SALLY ELDER – “Best of the Palouse Magazine”
- APPLES & APPLE TREES IN WHITMAN COUNTY – Dave Benscotter
- ANTIQUE TRACTORS – Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club
- WHITMAN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY – Visit with State Rep. Mary Dye
- RURAL WHITMAN COUNTY PHOTO DISPLAY
- COLFAX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXHIBIT
- WHITMAN SAMPLERS QUILTING GROUP
The date of our Spring Trip has been moved to May 21. Check out the EVENTS page for more information and the sign-up sheet. Hope to see you on the trip.
Here is the sign-up form as well.
Registration Form Revised
Check out the Events page for information about the upcoming WCHS Spring trip. We expect this trip to fill quickly so act now. There is a registration form on the Events page.