On Saturday Village Concepts of Hoquiam – Channel Point Village retirement community was joined by Washington State Secretary of State Kim Wyman and State Historian John Hughes to discuss Legacy Washington, a project dedicated to the preservation of extraordinary stories in Washington State’s history.

Joining the Secretary and Chief Historian were local community leaders, including Randy Ross, Grays Harbor County Commissioner, Jasmine Dickhoff, Mayor of Hoquiam, Brian Shay, Hoquiam City Administrator, Tom Quigg, Legacy Washington Advisory Board Member, Dru Garson, Executive Director, Greater Grays Harbor (Chamber of Commerce), Gary Nelson, Executive Director, Port of Grays Harbor, Eric Potts, Executive Director, Grays Harbor Community Foundation, Bill and Celia Wolfenbarger, owners of Jodesha Broadcasting and Jim Hargrove, retired WA State Senator.

Over 50 people from the surrounding community were in attendance as Hughes discussed the importance of preserving the living history of the state. The program currently has sub-projects, with the next one called “Ahead of the Curve,” a study of Washington’s women and how they contributed to the history of the state and nation. This project, like prior ones, will be displayed in the Secretary of State’s Office in Olympia.

Legacy Washington has inspired Channel Point Village to archive its residents own oral histories, and John Hughes has reached out to interview some of the residents as part of the Legacy Washington program. Hughes also provided guidance to Channel Point Village on their own project:

“Have plenty of batteries and extra tape (or digital memory), ask open-ended questions, do your research, and after you ask questions, be quiet,” Hughes said. “If you have done your research, it is very tempting to talk but your interview will be more successful if you just listen.”

Village Concepts of Hoquiam – Channel Point Village will be interviewing residents and cataloguing oral stories with the OneDay App.

About Village Concepts

Village Concepts owns and operates residential and assisted living communities throughout Washington State, with each community inspiring its residents to “create a village that feels like family” by encouraging independence, fostering relationships, and providing numerous new experiences. Founded in 1975, they are a third-generation family-owned business, drawing upon 40 years of experience and a proud tradition of providing individually tailored care plans, on-site programming, and certified, licensed staff on-hand 24 hours per day. For more information, visit www.villageconcepts.com.