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)
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.
Over 200 people came out for the opening of our new exhibit, U.S. Coast Guard: Through the Eye of the Artist. We were treated to a HH-65 Helicopter fly over, a search and rescue demonstration and tours of a 26′ TANB (Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat).
The opening ceremony was in partnership with the USCG Sector North Bend Officer’s Wardroom and the USCG Chief Petty Officer’s Association North Bend Chapter, with assistance from the USCG Aids to Navigation Team Coos Bay.
We are so grateful for the Coast Guard and the service they provide!
U.S. Coast Guard: Through the Eye of the Artist, features fifteen works of art by 11 United States Coast Guard artists – more than half of whom are from the West – and will be on view at the Coos History Museum from July 19 through September 16, 2018.
Western artists whose work will be on view are Dennis Boom, Hillsboro, OR; Frank Gaffney, Mountlake Terrace, WA; Louis Gadal, Los Angeles, CA; MK2 Jasen Newman, Port Angeles, WA; Robert Tandecki, Albuquerque, NM; Peter DeWeerdt, Tucson, AZ; and Pete Michels, Stevenson Ranch, CA. The four others are Karen Loew, New York, NY; Susanne Corbeletta, Glen Head, NY; Ken Smith, Pulaski, VA; and John Ward, Saranac Lake, NY.
Click on the pictures below to enlarge them.
Picture Credits belong to: Becca Hill, Joni Eades and Amy Pollicino.