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 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.
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Picture Credits belong to: Becca Hill, Joni Eades and Amy Pollicino.
A big thank you to the Coquille Indian Tribe Community Fund for a $5,000 grant to help offset museum admission fees for Veterans in 2018. This grant complements the $5,000 grant we received from the Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Keiser Foundation. Thru December 30, Veterans and their spouse (if they visit the museum together) receive FREE admission to see the exhibits. 2018 will showcase 4 special exhibits that focus on Veterans. Check out the calendar of events on our website for more information: www.cooshistory.org.Pictured here from L to R: CIT Tribal Chair Brenda Meade, CHM Executive Director Susan Tissot, CIT Community Fund Committee Member Denny Hunter. Photo Courtesy of the CIT.
Program: these students are in the Coos Watershed Association’s Watershed Conservation Stewardship Corps program, which is a partnership between the Coos Watershed Association, Destinations Academy (part of the Harding Learning Center), and the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (funder). The program aims to get high school students out of the classroom and into the community on a weekly basis to work on visible, meaningful projects that improve the health of our watershed (and students are rewarded with academic credit and tuition vouchers to help pay for college/trade school). Two years ago, the 2016 cohort of students were involved in the design and installation of the “ecological landscaping” at the museum, primarily the native dunes, which were previously gravel islands, and the wetland-rain garden, which collects runoff from the museum roof and parking lot and filters it before it enters the bay. The recently-installed interpretive signs lead museum visitors on a walking tour of the parking lot, explaining the reasoning and the function of each patch of native plant landscaping. The signs were designed by the Coos Watershed Association and the Coos History Museum, printed by BNT Promotional Products, and installed by the Coos Watershed Association and youth crew. Take the full tour to understand this “unconventional” type of landscaping and learn about all the community partners that helped this project come together!
Students in the Watershed program:
Jessy Garcia (wasn’t present today for sign installation)
Crew Leader: Dave Nelson
Program Leaders: Alexa Carleton (Education Program Leader), Kaedra Emmons (CoosWA AmeriCorps member)
These signs are two of four that will be installed on the property.