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NB museum to spruce up

The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum, one of the first buildings visitors see as they enter North Bend from Interstate 90, will spruce up for North Bend’s upcoming centennial.

The museum will spend about $1,650 to make repairs to the outside of the 1950s building, and has asked the city of North Bend to pay for a new paint job. The museum leases its space from the city.

“We want to make it more inviting,” said Gardiner Vinnedge, president of the museum board.

“The building looks a little odd and closed off to people,” he said, adding that the museum is windowless to protect delicate artifacts from sun damage.

Vinnedge said the museum has spent about $80,000 over several years fixing up the interior, “and it looks great.”

The museum recently put $15,000 toward its Snoqualmie Indian Room. It also hired a part-time assistant director to work with its extensive photograph collection.

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