Kenneth "Kenny" Oestreich, 1935-2015

Sunday, July 5, we learned that the founder of the Museum, Kenny Oestreich passed away. Kenny and his wife Sarah both worked for the City of Centralia. During those days they would travel to yard sales and auctions collecting artifacts about the City of Centralia. As time went on, their collection went from their house to their garage. This display was named the Centralia Room. As time went on and his display went to another building, the Museum ended up in the current 3 story building we are occupying now. Kenny has been ill for quite some time, but the Museum staff and Board of Directors have been involved in his struggles. We already miss him... Rest In Peace, Kenny.



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