Aberdeen seeks applicants for museum board

The City of Aberdeen is seeking new members to serve on the board for the Aberdeen Museum of History.

In a request for applicants, Aberdeen Mayor Erik Larson writes that ideal candidates are both passionate about local history, and are willing to serve through the museum’s entire reconstruction.

Those interested in serving on the board can send in a resume and letter detailing what makes them a good addition to the following address:

Mayor Erik Larson

Re: Aberdeen Board of Museum and History

200 E Market St.

Aberdeen, WA 98520

Applications are due by July 27, and applicants are not required to be a resident of the City of Aberdeen.

For decades, the non-profit volunteer group Friends of the Museum was the only organization managing the museum’s collection. Due to the challenges of re-establishing the Aberdeen Museum of History following last month’s Armory fire that destroyed a major portion of the artifacts, Mayor Erik Larson decided to restaff the city-run museum board to take a more active role in planning the museum’s revival.

According to the city’s request for applicants, the board is tasked with “developing plans and programs for the preservation and recognition of the historical heritage of the city and the surrounding area, including the maintenance and display of city property transferred into the care and custody of the board.” It also will coordinate additional historical projects for the city.

This board has the power to apply for and accept gifts, donations and grants in the name of the city for the collection of various artifacts, but can only spend that money upon authorization by the city council

The Aberdeen Board of Museum and History has historically met on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., but that time is subject to change upon recommendation of the board and approval by the city council.

Board member applicants should expect to spend five to 10 hours a month in meetings.