Community June 17, 2021

Community Service Day with the Poulsbo Historical Society

Last Friday was our annual Community Service Day (CSD), and we love getting out and helping the wonderful community we serve. We were proud to get to work with the Poulsbo Historical Society. Read on to find out more about what we were able to accomplish and the incredible work that they do.

The History of Community Service Day

Community Service Day is a Windermere tradition that was started in 1984. One day a year, all Windermere offices across ten states close their doors and spend the day volunteering in the community. Together, we have collectively logged over 1,000,000 community service hours. From helping at our local food banks to cleaning up parks and trails, we love giving back. 

The Poulsbo Historical Society’s Important Work

The Poulsbo Historical Society’s mission is “collecting, recording, preserving and exhibiting the history, heritage, and culture of Poulsbo and the surrounding communities.” The Society manages three museums (the Maritime Museum on Front Street, the Heritage Museum at City Hall, and Martinson Cabin on Viking Way). Also, they provide historical walking tours of downtown Poulsbo. All three museums are free of charge. Their efforts enrich our community in a variety of ways. “This unique organization curates and takes pride in preserving our Poulsbo heritage dating back several generations. We were delighted to work with them,” says Julie Bray-Larsen, Managing Broker.

CSD with the Poulsbo Historical Society

We spread out and helped Poulsbo Historical Society in a variety of ways. Some helped at the Archives, cleaning, organizing, and transporting a variety of historical artifacts. Others worked at the Heritage Museum on Front street, which the Society recently acquired. There, agents helped by painting stairways, weeding, pruning, excavating shrubs, and planting new perennials. A third group worked at the Martinson Cabin. “Built in the late 1800s by the Martinson family, the cabin was moved to its present location in 2006 to preserve this historical landmark, furnished with tools used in daily life by early Norwegian pioneers,” Julie explained. “Several members of the Martinson family still reside in Poulsbo! We worked outside, pruning, cleaning up the cabin’s surrounding area, and moving items to and from the Archives to the Martison Cabin.”

A Rewarding Day

Everyone loved getting to work together since they hadn’t been together in person due to the pandemic. Julie’s personal highlight involved the Society’s volunteers. “They were all so appreciative and enjoyed meeting our agents and working together. Showing them our appreciation for preserving our unique Poulsbo heritage in such a wonderful way was definitely a “feel good” day for us all!”

Watch our agents in action in our CSD video below!