NASELLE, Wash. - The Appelo Archives Center, located at 1056 State Route 4 in Naselle, has announced it is now a newly formed independent nonprofit. Since 2004, it has operated under the legal nonprofit status of the Wahkiakum Community Foundation.

The new board met for its first meeting on April 2. Officers are Nick Nikkila, president; Bryan Penttila, vice-president; Anita Raistakka, secretary; and Bonnie Linquist, treasurer. Karen Bertroch, Center director since 2004, remains on staff as the executive director. Donna Klint is staff genealogist.

The Center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. In the summer, the Center will also be open on Saturdays. A grand opening is planned for early June, including a reception to be held for Carlton Appelo honoring his 88th birthday May 12.

"We need to start building a stronger relationship with the Naselle-Grays River School District so all students learn to value their local heritage," Bertroch said. "We're also interested in developing a strong emphasis on the Finnish history that's so important to the Lower Columbia. I hope folks will consider gifting or loaning to the Center important historic pieces that share our important local heritage. Our intent is to honor, protect and present important local history so it is not lost to future generations."

For information, contact Karen Bertroch at (360) 484-7103 at the Center.

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