Monthly Archives: October 2019

Marie Dorion is Topic of 3rd Tuesday

The Union County Museum will host their October Third Tuesday event in the Little White Church in Union, Tuesday, October 15, at 7 p.m. The title of the presentation is The Little-Known Story of Marie Dorion. This is the last museum event of the year.

The Story of Madame Dorion
Six years after Captains Lewis and Clark included Sacajawea in their expedition to the Pacific Ocean, Marie Dorion, an Iowa Indian, made much the same trip, with the Wilson Price Hunt Expedition, financed by John Jacob Astor. Caught during winter months in often horrendous circumstances, and under leadership that could only be described as incompetent, Madame Dorion’s trek was both many, many miles further, and, she made it while pregnant and caring for two children under 5. Her epic story shows the strength and perseverance needed to survive – sometimes alone and against all odds.

While Sacajawea did not come through the Grande Ronde Valley (as the Lewis & Clark Expedition was further to the north), Madame Dorion passed through several times. An historic marker along Highway 237, just a couple of miles north of North Powder gives the outline of her story, focusing on the birth of a baby daughter near the site of the marker, just days before New Year’s Eve, 1811.

History has treated the two women very differently: one became a celebrity and the other has been virtually forgotten. Her story of courage and determination is worthy of being remembered.

Bev White Bio for Third Tuesday

Beverly Donovan White was born in Pendleton and attended college at what is now Eastern Oregon University. After marriage, she and husband Bill moved to this area where, she taught in Baker City, Imbler and La Grande. The last 24 years of her career she was a reading specialist at La Grande Middle School. In 1993 she started the Literacy Center which provides free tutoring and materials and is now housed in Cook Memorial Library. Many volunteers have helped with this effort and she says more are always welcome!

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Museum Society to hold Annual Meeting

The Union County Museum Society announces the organization will host their annual meeting Friday, October 11, at 7 p.m., in the Little White Church. Owned by the museum, the Little White Church is located across Main Street from the museum in Union. The featured speaker is Scott Schroeder.

A dedicated fan and student of local history, with special interest in high school sports, Scott Schroeder was born and raised in Union and attended grade school through high school there. He taught and coached at the high school for 23 years. During the second half of his career he taught US history and government. He has an interest in researching the history of Union schools with an emphasis on sports and activities, including researching school annuals and newspapers. He will also discuss the relationship between the museum and the school, including discarded materials.

During the annual meeting, Mr. Schroeder will tell stories about exceptional Union High School and other county sports teams and their achievements through the decades.

The annual meeting is free and open to the public. Just prior to the presentation, there will be a brief review of the museum season, presented by Sharon Hohstadt, Museum Society Board President, followed by recognition of volunteers, election of board members and a vote to accept the 2020 budget.

Please join us for a pleasant evening and the chance to get to know your museum and the people who work to compile, protect and present the history of Union County.

The Union County Museum Society, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, owns and operates the Union County Museum. The Society’s dedicated volunteers handle all aspects of running the museum, from hosting visitors to creating exhibits, accepting and preserving historical items, maintaining and upgrading the buildings and overseeing the business. Your membership in the organization is valued and encouraged.