WHA Projects and Accomplishments
• Halted demolition of the Civic
* 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
• 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
Aron Lorber David Nyhus
Gary Holman, Don Ekstrom, Jane Weiler, Carla Bremner—Advisory Board
Items for Sale
Season Tickets for History Festivals
Washburn History Books
All may be purchased at the Washburn Cultural Center during their regular business hours.