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.
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.
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.
The Oregon Public Broadcasting channel came a did a piece on a rare find – wooden coins that can still be used as currency today. Watch current board member, Steve Greif, and a few local historians talk about myrtlewood coins. Click on the picture above to read more about them and watch a short video.