At the August Forks Timber Museum Board of Director’s meeting former two-term Forks Mayor Bryon Monohon accepted the position as Director of the Forks Timber Museum. He replaces Linda Offutt who has been Museum Manager since 2014.
Bryon is originally from Raymond, WA and after working in Port Townsend found his way to Forks.
Before taking office as mayor in January 2010, he was a Forks city councilman from 2004-09. He has also served terms on the Clallam Transit board of directors and the Clallam County Board of Health.
Bryon has a B.A. in history from Lewis & Clark College and a B.S. in forest resources from the University of Washington.
He has been a substitute teacher in the Quillayute Valley School District and also spent a year teaching in England.
Once home again to the West End after his time in England Bryon spent some time in Raymond cleaning out the family home then he got the news that he had cancer. Diffuse Large B Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma was his diagnosis. He spent 41 days in the hospital but has since completed treatments and although he is slowly coming back he is back!
“I had recently thought if there was anything I would like to do now it would be to manage the Timber Museum,” Bryon told the board. Then a few weeks ago he saw the ad in the Forks Forum for the position. “I knew it was a sign, northwest history is my passion, “ Bryon said.
Bryon shared with the board that while living in Raymond he had started the Willapa Heritage Association and worked to restore the Raymond Theater. Both projects he is very proud of.
Bryon said he hopes to work on getting membership up and said, “I look forward to getting more people involved.”
Linda will stay on for a while as Bryon gets more familiar with the Museum operations and will also stay on as a board member.