Honoring the History of the Twisp Ranger Station

Twisp Ranger Station Toolshop

In the old Forest Service tool shop.

Help document the history of the Twisp Ranger Station with photos, stories and more!

TwispWorks invites the community to contribute photos, stories and memorabilia associated with the Twisp Ranger Station and the Twisp Ranger District, to become part of an art project that will be built on the TwispWorks campus this year.

TwispWorks will use a grant from the Leavenworth-based Icicle Fund to provide stipends to three artists who will use photos, oral histories and video to document the history of the ranger station.

“The changes happening here at TwispWorks reflect changes in the economy and culture of the Valley,” said TwispWorks executive director Amy Stork. “But the point is to build on the past rather than replace it. This project is about honoring the decades of hard work and service that occurred here, and making sure that those stories and images are part of what happens next.”

In 2009 the former Twisp Ranger Station was purchased by the Twisp Public Development Authority. Now called TwispWorks, the property is being redeveloped as a center for community activities that enhance the economic and cultural vitality of the Methow Valley.

Anyone who worked at the ranger station or on the Twisp district, or who might have any of the following items, is invited to contribute them to the project.

  • PHOTOS of activities at the Twisp Ranger Station or on the Twisp Ranger District from the 1930s through the 1990s.
  • ARTIFACTS such as objects that related to the work of the Forest Service.
  • STORIES and MEMORIES: If you have stories and memories to share from working at the ranger station or on the district, a team of artists and local high school students would like to interview you.

 Sixth-generation Valley resident Kayla Darch, an oil painter, will create a series of paintings based on historic photographs of forest service activity. Documentary artist Dakota LaCroix will record audio interviews with people who worked on the site and in the forest, and video artist Terry Hunt will record video interviews. The artists will collaborate on a final display of the material that will be accessible to visitors to TwispWorks as well as through a website.

Students from the Methow Valley School District Independent Learning Center will work with the artists and create an informational display about the history of the ranger station that will be placed in the TwispWorks office.

 How to participate

Anyone interested in sharing your story, photos or artifacts can contact TwispWorks at 509-997-3300 or info@twispworks.org.

Photos and artifacts can also be dropped off at the TwispWorks office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Photos will be scanned and returned to if desired.

 

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