Forest to Farms now at KP Historical Society museum

February 26, 2014 

“Forest to Farms – The Land, The People, The Legacy” is the title of the current exhibit at the Key Peninsula Historical Society museum, which is at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in Vaughn.

The display includes some of the logging presentation from last year, but it carries on the history of farms and mills as more pioneers made their way to the area.

Newly painted walls, the shifting of many items, as well as new additions, have given the room a new look.

The museum display area will be expanded into the adjacent VFW room as a pilot project for this year.

Member Jud Morris offered a challenge grant of about half the increased rent, and KPHS will work to raise funds for the balance of that amount.

The first fundraising event will be sponsored by Cathy and Pablo, owners of El Sombrero in Key Center. From 5 to 9 p.m. March 10, 10 percent of dinner receipts will be donated to KPHS. Most of the KPHS board members plan to enjoy dinner there that evening, and they’re encouraging other members and friends to join them.

Events scheduled for this year include Penrose Park summer presentations of camping history at Penrose Point, a history cruise around McNeil Island, a presentation by author Justin Wadland and his new book about the area, “Trying Home,” story times and home-school classes, plus participation at the May 10 Livable Fair at KPCC, Aug. 17 Old Timers’ Day at the Longbranch Improvement Club, and the Oct. 4 Farm Tour at Gateway Park.

The annual membership meeting for members, guests and interested community members will be held from noon to 3 p.m. March 29 at the VFW room. Election of officers will be held, and dues will be due. Bring something to share and table service.

The museum has changed its operations from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There is no admission charge, but monetary donations are welcome. For more information, call 253-888-3246. A new website is in process and will carry more information about KPHS and the museum.


The Watoto Children’s Choir from Africa will make a reappearance at Longbranch Improvement Club at 6:30 p.m. March 18.

The choir has made international tours since 1994 as ambassadors to raise awareness of the plight of vulnerable children in Africa. There are an estimated 50 million orphans as a result of HIV/AIDS, war, poverty and disease.

Watoto’s mission and vision are presented through stories, joyful music and dance. Key Peninsula churches and individuals are asked to host the children and adults, and to provide meals for them.

Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be accepted. For more information, call 253-884-3899.

For other Key Peninsula events, check out the community calendar at, a place to add your organization’s events.

Our calendars say its winter here, and, yes, we’ve had some snow, freezing days, severe winds and, at times, heavy rains. But we’ve also enjoyed some warmer-than-usual sunny days, and fewer complaints about the weather are heard from citizens because of what’s happening across the rest of the country and in some other parts of the world.

We’re more likely to hear comments like, “So what’s a little rain (wind/snow/ice)? I’m sure glad I live here instead of ... (insert choice of name of state or country)!”

So am I.

Early bulbs and primroses are showing their spring colors, so regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted, spring is already on its way here!

Out Our Way columnist Colleen Slater can be reached by email at

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