The museum was again blessed with volunteer labor in October in the form of seven students from the Destinations Stewards program at Marshfield and three adults from the Coos Watershed Association. The crew, along with CHM board member Steve Greif, removed sand from the front parking lot, removed invasive species from our east bioswale and parking lot islands, and trimmed blackberry vines near the south plaza. Thanks in particular to Alexa Carleton from Coos Watershed Association for arranging this annual cleanup event.
On Friday morning a small group of Plein Air painters were on the museum site to work on their art. After working on their pieces, they sat around and critiqued each one. It was fun to have something different happening outside the museum. Permission was given to post their work.
This past Saturday community members celebrated the 50th Year Anniversary of Stonewall, a historic milestone in the civil rights movement. We had the pleasure of hosting 7 panelist from Coos County to discuss what Stonewall meant to them. After watching a short video overview of the movement, an audience of 65+ people asked questions and spoke about how they could relate personally to an ongoing understanding of LGBTQ+ rights. Folks from community agencies asked about making their work places more inclusive, while other people shared personal stories of loved ones. We are thankful to our panelist who all contributed their perspectives and resources. This was a great way to close up Pride Month, but folks left hoping there will be more events like this year round.
A big thank you to nine North Bend High School sophomores and their advisor, history teacher Dustin Hood, and CHM volunteer Steve Greif, who pulled a truck load of weeds from the berm in front of the Coos History Museum on a wet Wednesday in May. Over 27 man-hours of volunteer labor was contributed by the group to get the museum landscape ready for summer visitors.
This is one of two articles on the Cape Arago Lighthouse that are featured in Lighthouse Digest. For more information or to order the magazine click here.
The Coos History Museum hosted the Oregon Quilt Project on October 25 & 26. Each day was filled with quilts being analyzed, the first day by appointment only and the second day was for the quilts that are part of the museum’s collection. Some of the materials used are over 150 years old and each quilt was handmade. Find out more about what the Oregon Quilt Project does here.
Over 100 people showed up to our opening of Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service. This exhibit will be on display through Summer 2019. Pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.
Earlier this year, a call went out to all Coos County high school students, SWOCC students and the general public for submissions for a creative writing contest. On October 13, 2018, the winners were announced at the Oregon Writer’s Day which the Coos History Museum holds annually.
Click on the titles in order to read the winning submissions.
Honorable Mention: Waiting (Bill Cullenward)
Honorable Mention: In This Century (Annis Cassells)
- Nothing But The Truth (William Crombie)
- Not Perfect, Almost Okay (Alice Keating)
- Last Dance (Alice Keating)
- Self-Portrait as a Pair of Crows (William Crombie)
- Noumenon (William Crombie)
- Ballad of a Grown Up Empress (Alice Keating)