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2016 Dayton Depot Calendar of Events

Dayton Days at the Boldman House, Saturday, May 27

The Boldman House will have an afternoon of activities for young people again this year.  From 11:30-2:30 in the afternoon, you can experience some old-fashioned fun.  Appreciate the taste of homemade butter on fresh bread, plant some flowers in the Boldman Garden, tie a quilt or make a spoon doll, learn about and use old hand tools to make a whirligig toy, and there will be more things to do. The house will also be open for tours until 4:00 pm.  This is a free activity for everyone.


Dayton Days on the Depot Courtyard, Saturday, May 27

Dayton Days and Mule Mania take place on Memorial Day Weekend.  This year from 9:00-1:00 pm, visitors to the Depot will be able to see demonstrations by numerous artists and folk artists.  We will have artists demonstrating their paintings, how to embroider, and we will have a blacksmith in conjunction with Wenaha Gallery!  Many of them will have artwork to sell as well.  While you are here, don't forget to visit our quilt exhibit upstairs in the Depot.  Admission is free, so come enjoy a few hours at Dayton's Historic Depot! 


All Wheels Weekend Classic Car Show Trophy Presentation

Saturday, June 17

Father's Day Weekend is a special weekend in Dayton featuring the All Wheels Weekend Classic Car show on our historic Main Street.  The Depot's shady courtyard, a great place for picnicking and visiting during the event, is adjacent to the All Wheels Food Court on 2nd Street.  At 4:00 pm the Depot Courtyard hosts the All Wheels Trophy Presentation. Admission to the Depot is Free, so come see the current exhibit upstairs, shop in the Museum Shop downstairs, and experience railroad history! 

Alumni Weekend Open House
Saturday, July 15

Enjoy visiting the Historic Depot during Dayton's Alumni Weekend. Take a look at the current exhibit upstairs, shop in the Museum Gift Shop downstairs, and experience history first hand. The Depot Courtyard hosts the annual Alumni Meeting at 11:00 am on Saturday after the parade.  Free to everyone. 


Evening at the Depot - Saturday, August 5

Evening at the Depot will take place August 5, 201.  This year we will have a benefit auction, local wine, local beer, and hors d'oeuvres on the Depot's courtyard.  There's nothing like a nice summer evening on the Depot Courtyard!  Tickets may be purchased by calling the Depot at 509-382-2026 or stopping by during regular open hours.  Click here to view the auction book.

Dayton on Tour -  Saturday, October 7

Dayton's quality artistry and craftsmanship is showcased throughout town. Join us for the popular Historic Home Tours, an Art Crawl, Family Friendly Fall Festival, and Art Demonstrations. The Depot is the starting point for the highly anticipated Historic Home Tour which is held between 1:00 - 4:00 pm.  CLICK HERE  for a schedule of events.

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Historic Home Tours $15 per person; $10 for Depot members.


Christmas Market at the Depot & A Boldman House Christmas
Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26

Admission is free at both museums during these Christmas Events:

The Depot is decorated for Christmas and admission is free for Dayton's annual Christmas Kickoff event!  Come enjoy the Christmas christmas2014flyerthumb2Market at the Depot featuring artisan gifts, quality regional art, and select vintage items for sale.  We also will have local foods and handmade candy.  The Dayton High School FFA will be selling Christmas wreaths, poinsettias, and hot drinks on the Depot's Courtyard.  The Museum Gift Shop is fully stocked with Christmas ornaments, stocking stuffers, and unique gifts including western history books, low technology games, and hostess gifts.  Market proceeds will be used for Depot operating costs and activities.  
Open 10am - 5pm Friday and 10am - 5pm Saturday.

Join us for a Boldman House Christmas and view our Christmas tree decorated with vintage ornaments, listen to live music or join along in singing Christmas carols played on our 100+ year old piano.  Gather recipes from the Gladys & Goldie Boldman Collection.  FREE NOSEFLUTES (a favorite of the Boldman sisters) will be handed out to kids.
Open 1-4pm, Friday and Saturday.

View the event poster here.

2016 Dayton Depot Exhibits

"Make a Better Home:  Domestic Gadgetry and Rural Electrification" March 1-Nov. 15, 2017

This year our exhibit in the Upstairs Gallery focuses on domestic gadgets and small appliances from the early 20th century.  This exhibit examines the intersectionof changing women's roles, consumerism, and rural electrification.  It tells the story of how industrialization increased the number of standardized products available, and advertisers taught us to "need" an ever-increasing number of gadgets.  Women were taught by home economists how to shop for the home, and as an increasing number of women worked outside the home, industries sought to create items that might simplify the housework.  the creation of the Rural Electrification Administration and the Electric Home and Farm Authority made electricity and electric appliances available to rural residents of Columbia County, and the number of domestic gadgets in every home increased.  We would like to thank community members, Blue Mountain Heritage Society, the Dayton American Legion, and the Boldman House Museum for their contributions to this exhibit.  Come visit our gallery, and while you are here, use an old manual typewriter to share your memories of electrification.  Dayton historic Depot is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00-4:00 and located at 222 E. Commercial, Dayton, WA  99328.



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