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Clackamas County Historical Society Fall 2013


(503) 655-5574

Thank You! Your Contributions Rang the Bell Thank you for your timely response to the 2013 Facility Fund capital appeal. Your contributions helped the Museum of the Oregon Territory fund crucial roof repairs, window replacement and HVAC needs. Donations also demonstrated the necessary community support to qualify for the generous assistance of Oregon City Metro Enhancement Grant funds totaling $10, 813. The necessary repairs will be completed by the end of the fiscal year under the leadership of Mr. Terry Judkins, one of many extraordinary long-term volunteers at CCHS. Terry cares for all CCHS properties, including the Summit Meadows Cemetery in Government Camp, which he and his wife, Board Member Darlene Judkins, are working to restore this summer ~ ensuring its preservation as an important part of Clackamas County history.


Willamette Falls Festival Highlighting the area's heritage, culture & outdoor recreation, with:

Fireworks Live music Artisan Farmers’ Market

≈ Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Tribal encampment (Drumming, Dancing & Craft Demos)

≈ Parade 5K Run & Fun-Athalon Proceeds benefit “We Love Clean Rivers” a non- profit dedicated to restoring our watershed health.

Willamette Falls Navigation Canal & Locks On October 5th at 2 p.m., the Museum of the Oregon Territory will present “The Willamette Locks: Past, Present, & Future?” with a speaker from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Saturday program is part of the Willamette Falls Festival, the weekend of Oct. 5 & 6, 2013. Due to the enduring advocacy of the One Willamette River Coalition (OWRC) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, efforts continue in the quest for a healthy, busy future for the Willamette Falls’ historic 1873 four-chambered bypass locks. Sandy Carter of OWRCnand Peggy Sigler of the Trust are leading the movement to have the historicallyregistered locks repaired, re-opened, and eventually transferred out of Corps of Engineers ownership. The Corps bought the canal and locks in 1915, but can no longer justify funding operations for either commercial or recreational use. On January 8 of this year an unmanned lockage was carefully negotiated with the Corps by David Bernert of Wilsonville Concrete, to move the Canby Ferry down-river to Portland for maintenance. New cleats were added to the Locks to allow for maneuvering of the vessels with ropes by men on shore. “Moving the ferry by water saved Clackamas County a half million dollars from moving it overland,” affirms Ms. Carter. The historic ferry returned upriver on July 15-16, once again being pulled through the canal. (Continued, within…)


Free admission thanks to sponsors,

August down - October 2013

both named & anonymous, including:

PROGRAMS Friday, August 9th, 1-3:30 p.m.

Quarterly Membership Meeting: History for Kids :


“Survival in the Oregon Territory” w/ Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde A free & fun afternoon learning program for children grades 1-7.

Learn Native Oregonian edible plant identification, hunting and trading strategies, and more.

Friday, August 9th, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. CCHS Fundraiser @ Singer Hill Café

623 7th Street, Oregon City, 97045 20% of all food and beverage proceeds benefit CCHS

Thursday, September 26th, 7 p.m. “On Mount Hood –

A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak” Explore the history of Mt. Hood, the state’s highest volcanic summit. Lore, triumphs and tragedies as illustrated in a presentation by author and mountaineer Jon Bell.

Saturday, October 5th , 2 p.m. Army Corps of Engineers Presents: “Willamette Falls Locks: Past, Present (& Future?)” Converse with the A.C.E., who present the history of this treasure of our industrial past, and the issues surrounding the Locks’ future commercial and recreational potential.

Saturday, November 9th, 2 p.m.

NEW OFFICERS ELECTED At the June Annual Meeting, CCHS Members re-elected officers John Salisbury and Marilyn Morrissey. Craig Danielson became Pastpresident, and Dr. T. Michael Norris was appointed President. In addition, Mr. Jim Tompkins was elected as the newest appointee to the CCHS Board of Directors. Jim Tompkins is a retired History teacher who taught for three decades for the Orient and Gresham-Barlow School Districts, worked as a Continuing Education instructor for Portland State University School of Education, taught for the CCC Environmental Learning Center and the University of Phoenix. Jim was the 1990 Oregon History Teacher of the Year. In his 44th year of teaching, he continues to offer an outstanding course in Oregon History for Clackamas Community College Adult Ed. Furthermore, Mr. Tompkins has written ten books and three journal articles about Oregon City and the Oregon Trail. Past-president of the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers, Jim serves as the president of the Northwest Chapter of Oregon-California Trails Association, which hosted a vibrant and informative OCTA national convention this July in Clackamas County under his leadership. Jim Tompkins’ appointment to the Board and his expertise as an Oregon historian is a wonderful boon for CCHS. Please welcome him!

“Ice Age Floods & Clackamas County Geography” Meet Rick Thompson of the IAF Institute, Lower Columbia Chapter. Geology tells the story of ancient forces that shaped the Willamette Valley and its history.



MILESTONES ANNOUNCED AT ANNUAL MEETING At the June annual meeting, the fiscal year of July 2012- June 2013 was reviewed. The Clackamas County Historical Society has experienced growth in a number of areas this year: INCREASED DAYS & HOURS  Museum of the Oregon Territory is now open 4 days per week ATTENDANCE ON THE RISE  MOOT-Specific visitation for 2013 is up 270%, and SCHHSpecific visitation is up 314% (over Spring of 2012) VOLUNTEER SUPPORT:  CCHS is operated by 62 Volunteers , with 2013 volunteer hours up 44% from 2012’s monthly average GRANTS AWARDED, funding:  Archival Storage Materials  McCullough Obelisk Installation & Paved Overlook  Museum of Oregon Territory Roof Repair & Window Renewal  Collective Advertising in Statewide Brochure & Metro-Area Magazine  MOOT Digital Theatre w/ 3 Videos, to advertise CCHS & Clackamas County heritage destinations ALL PROPERTIES MAINTAINED  Stevens Crawford Heritage House Exterior Painted  SCHH Outbuildings Repaired (Roofed, Waterproofed, Insulated, Structural Woodwork Repaired  Stevens Crawford House Stairwell Carpet Replaced  MOOT Exterior Stained, Light Posts Painted, Windows Cleaned, Heat Pump Rebuilt INCREASED SOCIAL MEDIA VISIBILITY  WordPress Blog, Pinterest Photo of the Day Awards, Flickr, Website, Twitter, and Facebook traffic rising ADVERTISING  6 + media publications (local, regional, and state wide newspapers and Willamette Falls Media Center TV) FEATURED in:  27 Feature News Stories, 12 with photos, 4 on Front Page HELD 21 FREE PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OPENED 4 NEW EXHIBITS DEVELOPED NEW EDUCATION UNITS FOR CHILDREN  Hosted elementary, middle and high school classes from Oregon and Washington State. INCREASING SENIOR TOURS  Several dozen Senior Tour Group visits - from Salem, Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Beaverton, Gladstone, Gresham, Milwaukie, Sandy, Oregon City IMPLIMENTED SENIOR CENTER MARKETING PROGRAM:  Phone/Email Outreach Program to Senior & Retirement Centers in Clackamas County, via “Experience Works” Labor

COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT – VOLUNTEER PROJECT STRIDES:  Entering Accessions Data into a new database  Scanning the Gardiner Photo Negative Collection  Organizing Stevens-Crawford Photo/Document Collection, & recovering significant family data  Fulfilling weekly historic photo requests – serving researchers, developers & building owners County-wide PHOTO LICENSING:  International exposure of original CCHS images, including Willamette Meteorite and Lamprey photo scans licensed to a movie studio in England, the Travel Channel, and “Mysteries at the Museum” television program TUMWATER ROOM:  Transferred management to Alimenti Event Services, resulting in reduced CCHS responsibility & staffing expenses; increased net income. MEMBERSHIP:  Up 50 members this year to 165 - including life members. Membership up 44% from 2012. SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISERS:  2nd Annual Crab & Art Festival @ MOOT, Stevens Crawford Heritage House: Benefit Tea & Plant Sale FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH LIBRARY:  Over 200 Library Visitors recorded: Researchers of genealogy, property & transportation history  Filled over 175 requests for research via email, phone, & post. FINANCES:  Overall contributions, membership fees, programs and fundraising revenues grew modestly.  Adopted an Investment Policy Statement to assist in managing principal funds  The Board remains cautiously optimistic that finances will improve by increased support from individuals, exposure through programming, and grants from organizations and businesses  We welcome your support as we work to safeguard the heritage of our Community.

Willamette Falls Locks – continued from pg. 1 The OWRC, acting under the fiscal umbrella of the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation, is fundraising to commission an economic benefits study on the locks through ECONorthwest. Meanwhile, look for Lock Fest again, October 5th & 6th, at the west end of the Arch Bridge, during the Willamette Falls Festival. West Linn Paper Company and Portland General Electric will once again lead a limited number of free tours of the mill and power plant area from 9 to 3 on Saturday only, registration opening at 8:30 a.m. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Guests must be over 15 years of age. Contact Sandy Carter or Peggy Sigler if you would like to help move their work ahead or pull a volunteer shift at Lock Fest, by emailing:


PHONE: (503) 655-5574 E-MAIL:

Thank you, OC Women’s Club for placing this memorial bench at the StevensCrawford Heritage House

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The Stevens-Crawford Heritage House 603 6th St. ~ Oregon City Thursdays through Saturdays 12 p.m. ~ 4 p.m. Explore the collections of Ms. Mertie Stevens, and the family heirlooms of the Stevens and Crawford Families, prominent citizens of the early Oregon Territory, in this fine, authenticallyfurnished, classical 1907 Foursquare home-museum.

LAST CHANCE: “Clothing and Household Embellishments” Exhibit Featuring treasures of fine lace, beadwork, & embroidery… Only through 2013 !

~ Free Admission; Guided Tours ~

Mertie, ca. 1900

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