Oregon Coast History Museums Mark Milestones
(Oregon Coast) – The historical societies in Newport and Cannon Beach have reached some special places lately. Cannon Beach will honor exceptional work in preserving Oregon coast history, while Newport’s museum recently received a fascinating donation.
On the central coast, a 1930's Shirley Temple doll is part of a donation made to the Lincoln County Historical Society by Don and Ann Davis of Newport. The doll was given to Ann Davis about 1937. The 18-inch doll is wearing the original dress and is in excellent shape. Also included in the donation were a Madame Alexander cloth doll with the tagged name, “Funny,” a doll trunk from a Patsy doll, and a 1960s Schwinn bicycle.
“It’s unusual for us to get toys in such excellent condition,” Loretta Harrison, executive director of the Lincoln County Historical Society, said. “Children often play with their toys until they’re worn, and toys are passed on to others, which is what makes this donation so valuable. It will help us in interpreting the history of children.”
The Davis’s are frequent contributors to the Historical Society and have given clothing, documents, and other items in the past. Anyone wishing to donate to the Society can call 541-265-7509.
The Lincoln County Historical Society, which administers the Burrows House and Log Cabin museums, is located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport. The museums are free. Currently the Log Cabin Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Burrows House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County and the Central Oregon Coast. 541-265-7509.
In Cannon Beach, eighteen local citizens will be honored on November 21 as “History Heroes” at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum (CBHCM).
The History Heroes Program will honor up to four people each year who contribute to the History Center in significant ways, as volunteers and participants, as financial contributors, or as board members and visionaries. In 2009, the History Center will induct an initial group of past and present supporters who represent the spirit in which the “History Heroes” award will be given.
The group consists of: Eleanor & Frank Chown, Maurie Clark, David & Alma English, Bill & Georgie Hay, Joe Hummel, Bob Kenney, Barbara Levine, Steve Martin, Barbara & Herb Schwab, George Shields, Gina Simone, Ann Smeaton, Ann Wierum, and John Williams.
These individuals will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, November 21, at 9:30 AM, at the Fall Membership Meeting of CBHCM. The program is free and open to the public. Inductees’ names will be added to a new plaque to be displayed permanently at the History Center. The November 21 ceremony will include narratives about the inductees and their contributions, as well as refreshments.
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is located at the corner of Spruce & Sunset Streets. For more information, call 503-436-9301 or visit cbhistory.org