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Clackamas County Historical Society



– April 2013


CRAB & ART FEST Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 Two Seatings: 4:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Tickets $50 Advance / $55 Door

Enriching the lives of current & future generations through preservation & interpretation of the history & culture of historic Clackamas County History

(503) 655-5574 Email us at: info@

Roll up your sleeves, come on out and enjoy yourself at our annual Clackamas County Historical Society fundraiser, the Crab & Art Fest, at the Museum of the Oregon Territory. Fresh Oregon Dungeness Crab will be served along with Asian coleslaw, pasta salad, crusted bread, beer, wine and soda. There’s something for everyone, all with an invigorating view of the Willamette River. Event sponsors are welcome. “Star 1” sponsorship level includes private rental of the M.J. Murdock Gallery for your future event.

Half of the Crab Fest ticket price ($25) is a tax-deductible charitable contribution supporting Clackamas County’s heritage. Over a dozen artists from the Three Rivers Artist Guild will be in attendance all day (noon to 8:00 p.m.) showing their latest works in paint, metal, clay, jewelry, and more. Each artist is donating one original piece for the raffle – and raffle tickets are only a dollar! If you have an interesting, artistic piece you’d like to donate to the raffle, please bring it by the museum any time before the event. For your tickets: please stop by the museum, or call 503.655.5574, go to, You can also reserve seats by email at .



Visit the museum for our 2013 display                                                                                        Steamers of the Willamette.    The launch                                                                                 of the steamer Lot Whitcomb at Milwaukie on Christmas Day, 1850, opened a                 century of transporting goods and passengers by water on the upper and lower  Willamette River.  From 1850 ‐ 1889 at least fifty steamers, both side‐wheelers and stern‐wheelers,  were constructed at Oregon City, Canemah, Linn City (West Linn), Milwaukie and New  Era. The last commercial steamer on the upper river, the Northwestern, was sold by  Salem Navigation Co. in 1939. Steamers from Portland continued to work the lower  river but were slowly replaced by diesel towboats. The Claire (pictured) was the last  stern‐wheeler to pass upriver through the locks, taking passengers to a steamboat  men's convention at Champoeg on June 29, 1952.   



now open every WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY From 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

FEBRUARY Saturday, Feb. 2nd & Thursday, Feb. 7th:  MOOT & SCHH  re‐open w/ new exhibits!   →╬╬╬╬

NEW EXHIBITS Clothing & Household Embellishments: Treasures of Lace, Beadwork & Embroidery 1900-1930 Era (Stevens Crawford Heritage House, opens 2/7/13. 603 6th St., Oregon City)

Biographies of Historic Clackamas County – featuring city founders, early settlers and historic pioneers.

Historic Industries of Clackamas County - Sawmills, ironwork, wool mills, creameries –all trades critical to the developing territorial economy.

Friday, Feb. 8th:    Chinook Wawa:  Native American Story  and Language Program‐ 2 p.m.  All Ages.  Saturday, Feb. 23rd:                       Crab & Art Fest – see front page   


WAWA: Chinook Language & Native American Story with Grand Ronde Tribal Members - Preserving Clackamas County’s Indigenous Language & Culture. All are welcome and & guests will learn to speak a few words.

Thursday, March 28th ‐  CCHS  Quarterly Meeting, 7 p.m.  Program: “Steamships of the  Willamette & Boilers Gone Bad”  

APRIL Friday, April 12th –   Oregon Wool:   Woven  in Clackamas County, 2 p.m.   Saturday, April 27th‐    Stevens Crawford House Plant Sale, 9‐3  Dahlias, Heirloom Roses, Trees, Shrubs,  and On‐Site Landscape Designer    NOTE: April 21-27 is Preservation Week! What can YOU do to improve the  preservation of your personal family  heritage? Photos? Collections?  Treasures? Genealogy?  Search for   ideas  online,  or go to  

Steamships of the Willamette & Boilers Gone Bad:    Oregon Maritime Museum Librarian & Retired Naval Commander Ed Wilson addresses the importance of steam powered transportation to our river economy, & brings to life19th Century ships, workers, & passengers - and the tragic boiler disasters that befell them. 

Oregon Wool: Woven in Clackamas Cty.  Local folks are raising it, shearing it & weaving it. So can you! Regional wool history & industry, with demonstrations & tutorials by Susie Wilson of Canby’s Sudan Farms.

President’s Corner Our 60th “Diamond Anniversary” year, 2012 was a prime example of what we can accomplish as a team. All CCHS departments achieved major strides, thanks to a committed Board and our valuable team of nearly 30 volunteers. Gifted volunteers completely renewed MOOT exhibits, the CCHS website, our and archival database system. It was their unique level of dedication that drew multiple Metro news channels to tell the story of CCHS’s grassroots revival. Over the course of the year, we presented 26 public programs for all ages, and doubled our visitation count from 2011. CCHS events were publicized in over a dozen feature news articles. The GEO-Heritage Tour of Clackamas County served 370+ guests, who journeyed a 100-mile loop to visit twenty heritage sites, from Lake Oswego to Mount Hood, in search of historic understanding and treasure. We were honored to work with Oregon Humanities, Oregon State University, The Oregon City School District, Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition, the Oregon State Pharmacy Association, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and others to present meaningful programs highlighting our County’s native ecology, ancient culture, art, architecture, political history, and military contributions.

A Message from the Volunteer Coordinator: NON-PROFIT ORG US POSTAGE 2012 was a great year in volunteering at the Clackamas  PAID County Historical Society, with many new recruits and  PORTLAND OR thousands of hours provided by the volunteer staff at our  THE PENNY POST two museums. But we still need a few more.      We are planning for the Family History Research Library to  be open every Saturday in 2013, and are in need of an  additional librarian or assistant.     If you love Oregon history and helping people, then we  would love to have you volunteer.  Please contact  Mark  Hurlburt, CCHS Volunteer Coordinator , at  or 503‐655‐5574.   

FREE Admission Courtesy of:  

Pamela & Rosalie Bloom (B&B Leasing)  Bob’s Red Mill Grains  ~February~   

Friends of Bill Kennemer  The Varitz Foundation   ~March 1‐15 ~   

Danielsons Hilltop Mall  ~March 16‐31 & April~ 

For those of you who volunteered, served on the Board, renewed membership, and/or donated to CCHS in 2012, we thank you, and invite you to continue to help shape the Clackamas County Historical Society that you would like to see in 2013 and beyond. Above, right: Our thanks to Mike King, Terry White, and Dan Miller  of the Pacific Northwest Chapter 31 National American Watch and Clock Collectors. As a team, they disassembled, cleaned, oiled and  reassembled CCHS’s century‐old pendulum timepiece, which once announced time at the Clackamas County Courthouse.    If you are  interested in learning the historic art of clock repair, see the NAWCC website for meeting information. The club seems to truly enjoy  taking apart the old beauties of CCHS, and we enjoyed their company.  “Its problems solving,” explains Mike. “No two clocks are the  same.  It’s soothing to work on them, and you get a sense of accomplishment once it’s back together and running.”




On January 1, 2013, Congress passed legislation  to avert the fiscal cliff.    The law includes several important provisions  that will allow you to support the causes you  believe in using your Individual Retirement  Account (IRA). If you are 70½ or older, you can make a gift to  charity from your IRA to meet your annual  distribution requirement. By making an IRA  charitable rollover gift, you are able to avoid  taxes on the IRA distribution while supporting  our charitable mission.   Contact your IRA  custodian to make a gift from your IRA for  2013.


Above:Mertie’s sketch of a boathouse, and  2‐cent  postage stamp on an envelope she frugally  converted to scratch paper.  Below: excerpt from a  letter to Mertie from nephew Henry Stevens,  a  young  university student at Berkeley during the final  year of WWI:

CCHS  gratefully acknowledges a $2,400 grant  awarded by the  Clackamas County Cultural  Coalition for the preservation of  letters,  sketches,  and documents from the estate of  Muriel “Mertie” Stevens  (Stevens Crawford  Heritage House).   Mertie was a trusted friend  and confidant to many in her time, and the  correspondence she received enriches our  understanding of regional history.

Monday, a certain Mr. Coleman, an official direct from Washington, had us assembled, though the hour was right in the midst of drill, and delivered a stirring oration, bearing on the unfortunate turn the war has just taken. The tone was so serious that many a cadet looked at another, believing that we would all be marched down to the Bay and deported for France, without even having a chance to say goodby(sic)… All classes were dismissed yesterday. A group of high military officials came over to review our organization. They sat languidly under the shade of eucalyptus trees and watched us maneuver under the broiling sun from eight in the morning till five in the evening. It’s great sport! You can’t imagine how sweet grows the sensation of packing an eight pound gun upon one’s shoulder…. Visit the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House for free guided tours into the century past: Thurs-Sat, 12 -4 pm 503.655.2866

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