Ilwaco museum features book signing and exhibit on the late Sid Snyder


The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco is honoring the late state senator Sid Snyder with a special exhibit and book signing featuring former Daily World writer Jeff Burlingame, who recently finished a biography on Snyder.

“With over 100 items borrowed from the Snyder family, the exhibition presents a few of the many facets that made up the life of Sid Snyder,” a press release from the museum states.

Snyder died in October at his Long Beach home at the age of 86. He was a state senator representing the 19th Legislative District for 12 years, rising to become the Democratic majority leader before he retired.

He became Secretary of the Senate in 1969, a partisan administrative post he was given by the Democrats and remarkably kept through one Republican majority. It’s a position he kept until 1988. Snyder was a classic example of the citizen legislator, keeping up his roots in Long Beach, moving there in 1946 after serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He opened Sid’s Market in 1953 on borrowed money and his son, Sid Jr., now owns the store. Snyder was also a founding member of The Bank of the Pacific in 1971, a charter member of the Lions Club and an active board member for several local businesses and organizations.

The exhibition “Sid Snyder: Friendly Grocer – Gentleman Legislator” opens at 10 a.m. Saturday. The exhibition remains on view at the museum through March 10. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake St. in Ilwaco. Saturday’s event also features a book signing by Burlingame published by the Washington State Heritage Center to be held at the Artisan, 114 Main Street in Ilwaco from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.