Tag Archives: pioneer settlers

Museum to Host Pioneer Day August 29

Merle Miller is shown preparing Dutch-oven main dishes, breads and desserts during a past Pioneer Day.

Union, Oregon__The Union County Museum is hosting Pioneer Day, Saturday, August 29. Come watch a variety of pioneer skills demonstrations, including candle making, sheep shearing (yes – with live sheep!), wool spinning and weaving, tool making, Dutch-oven cooking, and blacksmithing. Mark Wing of Union will give rides in a horse-drawn wagon and talk about the history of Union’s commercial buildings. 

The event takes place in the museum courtyard, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of the Union County Museum Society’s community outreach program. The interior museum exhibits will also be open for touring. 

“Our goal is to entice more people to get to know, enjoy and appreciate the museum,” said Sharon Hohstadt, President of the Union County Museum Society. “We have been pleased with the response to such events in recent years and are happy to meet and acquire new patrons.”

We are delighted to have three exceptional music groups perform in the afternoon. The Tailgate Trio will perform from noon to 1 p.m.; The Huitts will play from 1 to 2 p.m.; and the Twisted Willows (Cindy Frick, Leslie McMillan, Anna Leslie, Matt Cooper and Sharon Porter), perform from 2 to 4.

Admission for the event is by donation. Refreshments will be offered for sale by the Union County Museum Society Board. 

Gary Kohler discusses his black-powder gun and gear collection.

The Union County Museum is dedicated to presenting and preserving the history of Union County and the surrounding area. The museum is continually adding and upgrading exhibits, including the General Store exhibit, new this season. Newcomers always remark on the depth and quality of our exhibits.

Owned and operated by the Union County Museum Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the museum is an all-volunteer effort by a small but very dedicated group of individuals. Ask how you can get involved!

 

Museum Opens for 2013 Season on Mother’s Day, May 12

The Homestead Act Exhibit has been installed in the UCM Livery Station.

The Union County Museum opens for the season on Mother’s Day, May 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for the day and refreshments will be available.

Volunteers have been working long hours, cleaning and sprucing up the museum and finishing new exhibits, including the Homestead Act Exhibit, a collection created by and on loan from the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at Baker City.

The exhibit traces the impact of the Homestead Act on the settlement of the West and Midwest from the time of its origin 150 years ago to today. What inspired families and individuals to leave their homes and journey across the country to stake a claim on 160 acres of land – site unseen – build an home and start a farm? Free land! What were the challenges faced by the diverse group? How many proved up their claim and built a new life? How many gave up and returned to the east? Is there a homestead in your family history? 

To create a space for this exhibit and others in the future, the museum board and David Schmidt, an artist/carpenter who has created other exhibit spaces at the museum, acquired barn boards from North Powder, Cove and Haines, and used them to cover the walls of the Livery Station. Visitors will be delighted with the results. 

Also at the museum, the Cowboys Then & Now Collection is especially pertinent this season as 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. The Cowboy exhibit was originally created by the Oregon Beef Council and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association for their offices in Portland in the early 1990s for public education and outreach. When the Association and Council had to change locations, they sent a request for proposals to museums around the state. The Union County Museum was successful in acquiring the acclaimed exhibit and has been its home since 1997. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association will celebrate its century mark in Baker City, June 20-22. 

In the Agriculture, Timber & Transportation building, see an exhibit on Century Farms in Union County, a cobbler’s shop, printing press, and architectural elements from the old courthouse.  There is also a wonderful replica of the lookout tower at Hat Point. Other longtime favorite exhibits include the Period Rooms, the Barbie Collection and so much more.