Founded in 1976, the museum's first collection featured horse-drawn buggies donated by Fred Polinder. The former blacksmith shop and farm implement store were built in 1913.
The town of Lynden was platted by Phoebe and Holden Judson in 1871. On the banks of the Nooksack River, it is just a few miles south of the U.S. - Canadian Border.
Lynden lies at the heart of a rich agricultural area, known nationally for dairy and raspberry production. It is the home of Darigold, a cooperative formed locally in 1904. Sawmills were also a part of the early economy.
Volunteers are vital to the daily operations of the museum. Dressing in period clothing can be a fun part of involvement. Jobs cover all interests, ages, and skill levels.
To volunteer, call (360) 354-3675 or stop by.
OUR MUSEUM’S MISSION
The Lynden Heritage Foundation exists to provide Whatcom County Communities with a sense of identity and enhance local revenue through heritage tourism. The Lynden Heritage Foundation will achieve these goals by supporting educational programs, creating exhibits, and presentations, and preserving heritage collections concerning Whatcom County Communities prior to WWII and veterans history through to current conflicts. The programs, exhibits, presentations, and collections will be based at the Lynden Pioneer Museum.
The Lynden Heritage Foundation is the preeminent center of history and heritage in North Whatcom County. It is the place people come first to discover and link themselves to the heritage of Whatcom County communities. The Lynden Heritage Foundation will provide county communities with the strongest sense of identity and greatest pride of self for communities. The Lynden Heritage Foundation will be the single greatest factor in giving the leaders of tomorrow the sense of self that allows them to develop the future and the tremendous potential that the past provides. The Foundation will do this by creating the most inspiring, interactive and educational exhibits, the best cared for and easily accessible collections, the best and most informative dramatic history presentations, and the most involving, entertaining and practical educational programs and curriculum along the western seaboard from Alaska to Baja. The Lynden Pioneer Museum will be the vehicle by which the Lynden Heritage Foundation realizes this vision. The Lynden Pioneer Museum is operated by the Lynden Heritage Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the State of Washington.