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Join us for September Third Tuesday

UNION, OREGON__Thank you to all who attended Pioneer Day, Saturday, September 7. It was a fun day and lots of the museum’s fans helped us celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Next, the Union County Museum will host September’s Third Tuesday event in the Little White Church, Tuesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. The title of the presentation is Celebrating the Artwork of Robbie Waller.

Caralee Anley, granddaughter of Robbie Waller, will be sharing the story of Robbie’s prolific artistry. Robbie, a long-time resident of Union County who passed away in 2018, was a philanthropist and china painter who spent many years teaching art classes and showing her work at the Union County Fair. As part of Caralee’s presentation, select pieces of Robbie’s art will be available for a cash donation to the Union County Museum. 

Caralee Anley, originally from the Portland area, now lives in La Grande enjoying a slower pace. She loves to travel, design creative spaces, and volunteer for community events.

The museum thanks Dulcimer Delirium for their delightful music at the July Third Tuesday, David Arnold for presenting his collection of vintage railroad promotional art at the August Third Tuesday and the audience members who attended each event. Watch for news of the Union County Museum Society’s Annual Meeting, scheduled for October 11, in the Little White Church.

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Dulcimer Group Plays for July Third Tuesday Event

The Union County Museum launches its 2019 Third Tuesday series July 16, 7 p.m., in the Little White Church, the museum’s historic venue across Main Street from the museum in Union. The group performing is Dulcimer Delirium, whose program will consist of demonstrations, a look at the museum’s zither, and playing of tunes and singing.

Formed in 2019, Dulcimer Delirium is a group of local musicians who enjoy playing a range of music on the mountain, or lap, dulcimer. All the members have experience on other instruments and found the dulcimer to be adaptable to many playing styles and genres of music. The group includes people from a wide variety of professions and has no designated leader.

“We prefer to use consensus in choosing the repertoire and in arranging the tunes to our satisfaction,” explains Sharon Porter, a group member. “Some of our instruments were hand-built by luthiers Jerry Nolte, recently from Cove; Janita Baker of Santa Margarita, California; Dan Cox of New Tazewell, Tennessee and Ron Ewing of Columbus, Ohio. Other instruments were made by the McSpadden, Gold Tone, and Folkcraft companies. Dulcimers are a bit like potato chips…‘betcha can’t buy just one!’”

Dulcimer background: No one knows who built the first dulcimer, but the instrument arose in the early 1800s from the community of Scotch-Irish immigrants to the Appalachian region of the United States. It is curious that the instrument has no apparent ancestor in the immigrants’ home countries of Ireland and Scotland. Some say the drones of a dulcimer harken to the bagpipes of Scotland, but this is pure speculation. The dulcimer is a descendent of the zither family, drawing from the Norwegian Langeleik, French Epinette, Swedish Hummel and German Scheitholt. It goes by various names and nicknames including dulcimore, hog fiddle and, in Appalachia where it may be made from barn siding, Tennessee music box. It is truly an American-born instrument.

The dulcimer was first used as a parlor instrument as the sound is quiet and suited to small home settings. Virtually no recordings of the dulcimer exist from earlier than the late 1930s. The instrument experienced a renaissance in the 1950s with the folk revival movement led by Jean Ritchie, a traditional noter player* from Viper Kentucky, who brought mountain music to New York City. For the evening performance, Dulcimer Delirium will demonstrate the various styles of playing, show some variants of the instrument itself and play a range of repertoire from old time mountain music to modern day tunes.

*A noter player uses a small dowel in the left hand to press on the string to make a pitch, kind of like using a finger but the slides you can make produce a distinctive sound. Often a turkey feather is used instead of a pick in the right hand.

September Third Tuesday at the Museum

The Little White Church faces Main Street and sits beside City Hall.

As the 2018 season winds down, the Union County Museum is pleased to highlight the talent and knowledge within the museum’s board members and volunteers. Guest speakers for the September Third Tuesday are Sharon Hohstadt, Museum Curator, and Anne Rodriguez, who has created a successful outreach program. The event is September 18, at 7 p.m., in the Little White Church, across Main Street from the Museum in Union.

Sharon will give a talk she presented in May to visiting members of the California & Oregon Trails Association, about the Oregon Trail migration, which began in earnest 175 years ago.

Anne Rodriguez, also a retired teacher, will do the traveling trunk presentation, giving us all the chance to hear what she takes to area schools. She presented to 269 students last spring and is scheduling school visits for 2019.

We will “open the mike,” for the last segment of the evening, inviting museum volunteers and members to do a short talk about their areas of interest and expertise. This has the benefit of bringing to light people who may be selected to present an expanded version as the guest speaker at a Third Tuesday next season. Please contact Austin Saunders, board President, vcashsquared@gmail.com, if you have something you would like to share.

The purpose of the September Third Tuesday event is to foster more exchange between the board, volunteers, members and the general public and to encourage all to attend the Annual Meeting, Friday, October 5. We hope to see you at both of these engaging events.

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July 3rd Tuesday Features Paper Dolls

As we learned during the May Third Tuesday, people’s collections can open a window into popular culture and history. What a person chooses to collect is often connected to their youth, what was happening at the time in the country, and the interests they carried into adulthood. Tuesday, July 17, Carolyn Caldwell Mayer will share her collection of vintage paper dolls and the story behind them.

Carolyn was born in Manhattan, Kansas, alongside (actually ahead of) her twin sister, Marolyn on April 21, 1934. Their dad was a chemistry teacher and researcher at the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, known now as Kansas State University.

It was during the Great Depression, with the prospect of World War II looming over the world. Times were tough, but everyone was pretty much in the same boat, so life was okay for little girls. They had two best friends in the neighborhood, and one of the favorite things to do was to play paper dolls. At the time, stacks of paper doll books in a bin at the dime store cost 10 cents – just the amount of their weekly allowance.

Marolyn and Carolyn would buy one paper doll book with one dime and split it, and then spend the other dime on two ice cream cones. They also loved to draw their own paper dolls and clothes, spending many happy hours cutting and coloring.

A few years later, another set of twins joined the family and through a series of moves the girls’ dolls and paper dolls disappeared. But gifts and paper dolls in the newspapers kept the interest in them alive.

Long after she married, and after her children (who had never liked paper dolls no matter how hard she tried to interest them) were pretty well grown up, Carolyn started to build a new collection, mostly the new ritzy books that cost a lot more than a dime. Then people, including her children, started to give them to her and the whole thing snowballed.

“I still love to cut out paper dolls,” says Carolyn, “and now I’m trying to find ways to display them so that everyone can see them for the delightful pop art that they actually were.” In addition to collecting paper dolls, Carolyn had a career in chemistry and has taught piano lessons for nearly 50 years.

July’s Third Tuesday will begin at 7 p.m., in the Little White Church in Union, across South Main Street from the Union County Museum. The monthly event is hosted by the Union County Museum Society. For more information, call 541.562.6003, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., or go to the website, www.ucmuseumoregon.com.


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.


Third Tuesday Presentation Examines Local Japanese-American Wartime Experience

The Union County Museum launches their Third Tuesday, June 20, with a presentation by Cassie Gray-Jeffries, a resident of Union County and 2016 graduate of Eastern Oregon University. The new monthly event is designed to give people the opportunity to hear local history experts speak on a variety of topics. The casual hour-long event takes place in the Little White Church, across Main Street from the museum, in Union. It begins at 7 p.m., and includes time for questions and answers and refreshments.

Following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in December of 1942, the United States government ordered the evacuation and internment of over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were living on the nation’s west coast. The wartime imprisonment of these men, women, and children, many of them U.S. citizens, is widely known amongst both scholars and the general public. What most do not know, however, is that select groups of Japanese Americans were able to escape this fate through various means. This presentation will primarily focus on upon the history and archaeology of a site within Union County, Oregon, where a small group of Japanese-Americans were able to both avoid internment and make vital contributions to the national war effort by laboring in the timber industry.

With degrees in both Anthropology/Sociology and History, Cassie Gray-Jeffries specializes in the historical research and archaeology of the Japanese-American Internment Period. She has been awarded a fellowship with the Oregon Heritage Commission for her work involving the history and archaeological study of the forgotten lumber company camp in Union County. Join us for an enlightening presentation and discussion. The museum will open at 6 p.m., to allow time for attendees to view the exhibits before the presentation.

Do you have an area of expertise you would like to share, concerning the area’s social, geological or cultural history? If so, please contact John Sheehy, 541.805.1001, to talk about your speaking experience and topic of choice. The next Third Tuesday takes place July 18.

UCM Third Tuesday 2017 flier