Auburn is a town with a center and a heart; we have a Main Street, a conspicuous feeling of history, and a wonderful mix of long term families and relative newcomers. True to that nature, this museum has experienced almost 20 years of significant support from Auburn City Council members and mayors. Our current Council and Mayor Nancy Backus are no exception. Mayor Backus has a particular love of history—especially recent histories of this town. So with this as inspiration, we have collected oral histories from long time Auburn area residents—but not just on audio tape! Partnering with the City of Auburn Multimedia Department, we have created a series of broadcast-quality mini-documentaries.
Auburn Yard: Railroads
When the Northern Pacific Railroad's east/west line met its north/south line in Auburn, they built a huge switching yard (1913)--after that Auburn was a railroading town. Listen to railroad retirees' talk about life on the rail and how it shaped the story of Auburn.
Ken Bradford: Massey's Super Market
Visit historic downtown Auburn and Massey's Super Market, the first super market in the region. It had paved parking! Ken Bradford started working there in high school and stayed on as the meat cutter for over forty years.
Dario Cugini: Cugini Florists
Dario Cugini tells his family story of immigration from Italy, settling in Auburn and starting a family business that eventually flourished into Cugini Florists, a landmark business for many years in Auburn.
Fran Calkins: Auburn Teacher
When Fran arrived in Auburn there was a teacher shortage, so she signed up to teach Kindergarten. Remember with Fran the days when a teacher could take a child home for a much needed bath; provide hugs or a lap to sit on.