Dozens gather to celebrate grand re-opening of Karshner Museum

Politicians, community leaders and members of the Karshner family attended the grand re-opening Friday of the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts in Puyallup.

A variety of performers were on hand to mark the occasion, including dancers from the Washington State Native Taiwanese Association and Native American drummers.

Many of the items on display were collected by Dr. Warner Karshner and wife, Ella, during their world travels.

They opened the museum in the 1930s and dedicated it to the memory of their son, Paul, who died of polio his senior year at Puyallup High School.

“It’s a joy to see the partnership continue with the school district,” said family spokesperson Diane Nason Karshner. “To incorporate culture and arts into the museum, it just couldn’t be better.”

The museum re-opened Sept. 3, the first day of classes in the Puyallup School District, which owns and operates the facility.