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Stitches In Time is Topic of May Third Tuesday

The Union County Museum launches its 2018 Third Tuesday Series May 15, at 6 p.m., in the museum at 333 South Main Street, Union. Sharon Porter, a retired member of the EOU education faculty, is the guest speaker, sharing items from her vintage sewing machine and toy collection. She describes her pathway to collecting vintage sewing machines and toys in the passage below:

“Growing up on a farm outside South Solon, Ohio, was a perfect way to explore the natural world. Back then, kids were on a long tether after chores were completed. Every day brought a new adventure from catching crawdads to stealing the ball from stinkbugs. I feel guilty about that to this day! My mother thought it necessary for all of us to have piano lessons so after high school, I decided to major in music education so I could teach and enjoy an amateur life in music. I play in several local bands and ensembles and am lucky to experience the joy of playing music with others. I play bass, ukulele, recorder, piano (not often!), dulcimer, and am learning tenor guitar and mandolin.

“Not used to having a spare moment while teaching at EOU, I suddenly found time to rediscover old hobbies of my school days in central Ohio and Kentucky. Sewing my own clothes through high school and college, I wondered how much fun it could be to sew without a deadline. So, at retirement I turned to quilting as so many do here in the county. As a beginner, I am quite content to sew simple designs on vintage machines. There is something inspiring about sewing on a machine that holds a history of another person’s creative efforts. Vintage machines led me to a surprising hobby…toy sewing machines. When out in the RV, at band camp, or on the deck, I can relax and sew amidst a brew of music and companionship. I love to travel and these tiny wonders fit nicely in a suitcase and off I go! Come hear a bit of the history of the vintage sewing machines in our museum and the toy collection I have been inspired to start collecting.”

Third Tuesday events were started in summer 2017, and proved popular. Watch this website for more about the schedule and topics.  www.ucmuseumoregon.com.

 

Mother’s Day Event Kicks Off the 2018 Season

The Union County Museum celebrates the 2018 season opening Mother’s Day, May 13, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission to the annual event is free and refreshments will be served. Museum volunteers look forward to showing visitors through the displays, including a new exhibit titled, The Oregon Trail, Then & Now, which compares common items of day-to-day living during the Oregon Trail migration, mid-twentieth century and today.

The museum will honor Blanche and Gary Kohler, who have volunteered at the museum for several decades. The couple has retired from being actively involved and they will be sorely missed. Please join us in honoring their service to the museum.

“This season is the beginning of a new chapter for the museum and we look forward to another great season,” said Austin Saunders, recently elected as Museum Society President. “Sharon Hohstadt is moving into the curator role and we welcome her ideas and steady influence as we move forward without Blanche’s leadership.” Saunders noted Hohstadt has served as president for 10 years and was ready to make a change in her responsibilities.

A new exhibit can be seen in the Livery Station building, accessed through the courtyard. Titled Oregon Trail Then & Now, the exhibit features items of everyday use on the journey west and during settlement times, displayed with corresponding items from mid-twentieth century and today. The exhibit was created to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail migration, and to invite museum visitors to compare life today with that of past decades and centuries.

While admission to the museum is free on Mother’s Day, the museum board of directors encourages people to join the Union County Museum Society to support the mission of collecting, preserving and presenting 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.

More volunteers are always needed and welcome, with activities ranging from being a host to working on new projects and necessary tasks. To learn more about volunteering, or to book a tour for a group. Days and hours of operation after Mother’s Day are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteer hosts work in shifts.

Call 541.562.6003 during museum hours to find out how to get involved.

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!

 

Summer 2015 Events Announced

Any day is a good day to explore the Union County Museum, but please mark you calendar for a fun event coming to the Union County Museum this summer.

Learn about blacksmithing, Dutch oven cooking, toolmaking, carpentry and more.

Pioneer Day, Saturday, August 29, is a great day to introduce the museum to your children, friends and relatives. Watch demonstrations of pioneer skills and get to know the museum volunteers and members. Details will follow as plans are confirmed.

Union County Museum

The museum is easy to find on Main Street in historic Union.

Welcome to the website of the Union County Museum in Union, Oregon. We are building this site and will be adding photos and content over the coming weeks.

The museum is located at 333 South Main Street, in Union, Oregon. Reach us by phone at 541.562.6003.

To get to Union, take exit 265 from Interstate 84 at La Grande and drive 15 miles southeast to Union on Oregon Highway 203. Or, take exit 285 from Interstate 84 at North Powder, and drive 16 miles northeast to Union on Oregon Highway 237.

Our season of operation is Mother’s Day through mid-October. We are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is operated by volunteers. If you find the museum closed during normal hours, please visit the Union City Hall across the street and ask that they call a museum volunteer to open for you.