WHA Projects and Accomplishments

• Halted demolition of the Civic

Center/DuPont Club

* Created a Kiosk showcasing Washburn's History

• Provided major support to the Historic

preservation commission for the establishment

of a National Register Historic District

• Host Annual Brownstone Days History


• Co-sponsor the Tony Woiak History Festival

Lecture Series

• Consult with business owners about

Improvements to Main Street Facades

• Provide Facade Enhancement Awards to Local


• Provide Historic Placemats to local Restaurants to Promote Washburn

Accomplishments & Goals
These goals will help to preserve the local heritage
that we cherish:
• Conduct research, historic preservation
planning and education
• Promote community and neighborhood
revitalization and sustainable adaptive reuse
of vital and irreplaceable parts of Washburn


The WHA meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm at the Washburn Cultural Center or over Zoom during the pandemic.

During the winter of 2009 a group of Washburn residents organized and incorporated the Washburn Heritage Association as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our initial concern was to save the Washburn Civic
Center from demolition. This project attracted a buyer with an appreciation for and experience in historic preservation, and successful rehabilitation of the building is underway.

Now we turn our energies to promoting thoughtful preservation and reuse of other critical areas of our legacy from Washburn’s history.

Washburn Heritage Association
Board of Directors

Mary Gruhl, President
Karen Novachek, Vice President
Jill Lorenz, Treasurer
Lynn Adams, Secretary
Carla Bremner
Andrew Grimm
Patra Holter
Sandy Johnson
Dora Kling
​Aron Lorber David Nyhus
Ginny Pedersen
Ella Cross
Gary Holman, Don Ekstrom,  Jane Weiler, Carla Bremner—Advisory Board


About Us

Items for Sale

Season Tickets for History Festivals

Washburn History Books

Note Cards

All may be purchased at the Washburn Cultural Center during their regular business hours.