Following a long-standing tradition, the Union County Museum opens for the 2016 season on Mother’s Day, May 8, from noon to 4 p.m. A visit to the museum is a nice way to enjoy the holiday while exploring life in Union County over the last 150 years. Admission is free and refreshments will be offered. We thank Starbucks of La Grande for donating coffee for the event.
Music will be provided by Grande Rondolin, a local stringed instrument group that will perform using the museum’s two very rare instruments, the mandocello and the mandobase. Come enjoy the music, visit with friends and get to know the museum.
A new addition to the museum this year is a World War One exhibit, with highlights about people with ties to Union County who served in the war. Volunteers have been working on the project over winter, researching and collecting items for the exhibit. The collection replaces a replica of a turn-of-the-century school classroom. Other exhibits include the General Store; Agriculture, Timber & Transportation; Cowboys Then & Now; and the Livery Station.
While admission to the museum on Mother’s Day is free, the museum board of directors asks you to join the Union County Museum Society to support the collection, preservation and presentation of our area’s history. Membership starts at just $10 a year for individuals and allows entry for free throughout the year. You can be a supporting member for just $50 a year.
“We receive comments from visitors from around the world, praising the quality of exhibits and the depth of the collection,” said Sharon Hohstadt, Museum Society President. “We invite people to come see why the museum is worthy of your support.” Days and hours of operation after Mother’s Day are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact Hohstadt to learn about becoming a museum volunteer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-963-8624.