Friday, September 14, 2012


To celebrate the release of Collected Memories:  Umatilla County at 150 and the completion of the Fix Cabin project, Heritage Station, The Umatilla County Historical Society Museum, is having An Evening of Happenings!  Join them for book signings with local authors Susan Badger Doyle (editor of the book), Keith May and Jack Sanders, and take a walk back in time through the historic Fix Cabin!

The event is September 25, 2012 from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Heritage Station, 108 SW Frazer Ave. in Pendleton, Oregon.  Call 541-276-0012 or visit for more information.

The Oregon Jewish Museum will be hosting Sukkah PDX, Juried Architectural Design Competition and Festival from October 2 thru October 7, 2012.

              October 2 - Share the Harvest, a presentation by the youth at FoodWorks, 7 pm

              October 3 - Fragility, Stability & the Housing Crisis, discussion with
                                 Tivnu:  Building Justice, co-sponsored by Havurah Shalom, 7 pm

              October 4 - Pizza in the Hut, family activities, pizza & improv by ComedySportz. 
                                 Co-sponsored by P J Library, 5:30 pm

              October 5 - Portland Young Adult Shabbat Dinner, 8 pm

              October 7 - Sukkot's Bounty, local food and demonstrations, 1 - 3 pm

The Oregon Jewish Museum is located at 1953 NW Kearney St., Portland, OR 97209.  For more information, call 503-226-3600 or visit

The Oregon Historical Society has a new exhibit which I'd love to see!  Opens October 12, 2012.

                            The Mightiest Wind, The 1962 Columbus Day Storm. 

The 1962 Columbus Day Storm brought widespread devastation to the Pacific Northwest.  Wind gusts reached 116 miles per hour in Portland, 127 miles per hour in Corvallis, and in excess of 145 miles per hour on the Oregon Coast.  Nearly 50 fatalities were attributed to the storm, more than any other Pacific Northwest weather event in recorded history.  The storm forced portions of Oregon to rebuild their power systems from the ground up; some locations went without power for several weeks.

Inside the exhibit, large-scale artifacts will recreate the destruction caused by the storm.  A wind machine will allow visitors to experience similar wind gusts, and a green screen will offer the rare opportunity to play meterologist during Oregon's most dramatic storm.  The Society will display photographs and artifacts from its collections and feature film footage and oral histories from many Oregonians who still remember the event.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205.  For more information, call 503-222-1741 or visit their website at


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Remember folks - the next Board Meeting for the Museum is Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.  Join us and have a jolly "old" time!  We look forward to seeing you there.

We are always seeking new members and volunteers.  If you enjoy history and have a few hours a week you can spare, come to the museum, volunteer and make new friends.  We'd love to have some new ideas on fundraising and exhibits!

Visitors in the recent weeks have come from - Portland, Hermiston, Echo and Stanfield, Oregon; Benton City, Walla Walla and Vancouver, Washington; Alamo, Castro Valley, San Ramon and Oakland, California; Glenbrook, Nevada; American Fork, Utah and Pennsylvania.