Festival is fundraiser for Museum
By Pat Wherry
Here it is, that time already for the annual Raspberry Festival, a time for fun and to raise funds for the operation of the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude.Several of the new display cases at the Museum.
Lyle Wirtanen, museum director, reminded me last Friday during my visit that this event is the major fundraiser for the upkeep of the museum.  Other funds are received through grants and donations.
Speaking of grants, this is the last year for a multiyear grant they have been receiving.  Last year’s grant was used for five more wall cabinets.  Four units complete the set on the wall to the right of the door, and one unit finished the row further back.
This year’s grant will be for a double-sided unit which will be placed to the right of the entry door, and this front right corner will hold artifacts relating to the history of the Sisters.  Included will be items from day-to-day living, religious service, and service to schools and hospitals.
The budget for expenses at the museum each year still totals $100,000, and Lyle added that good use has been made of the storage room in the Spirit Center next door.
On display this summer at the museum is a painting of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce by artist Gordon Hoffman of Lewiston.  Prints of various sizes are available of the painting.
Some of the raffle prizes at this year's Raspberry Festival.The museum is celebrating 75 years this year, 1931 to 2006, so this is an extra special celebration for the museum.
As an extra item this year, several cases of raspberry wine will be offered for sale along with the jams, jellies, vinegars, and mustard.  Come early as these items sell out fast.
The quilt show this year is to honor Bertha Kopczynski, a quilt maker and longtime community worker and friend.
Other regular items and activities of past festivals will be repeated this year.  Some are the raspberry shortcake, runs, walks, car show, craft fair, and live music.   Again the school gym, the yard of the Monastery, and a room in the Spirit Center will be used.  The museum will be open during the festival hours for tours.  You are encouraged to tour the museum and see where your money goes. 
Welcome to all our visitors and may the sun shine on this important day.

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