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  • 06 Aug 2015 1:34 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Come join the Tillamook County Historical Society for a walk through Kilchis Point on August 11th at 11 a.m. This special event is in place of our regular meetings, held monthly at the Tillamook Bay Community College at 11 a.m.

    From the Kilchis Point blog: "Kilchis Point Reserve is a pristine 200 acre natural area located along Tillamook Bay in Bay City, Oregon. The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum (TCPM) owns, protects, maintains, and holds this land in the public trust.  The history at Kilchis Point is long, rich and well documented.  There are three sections of interpretive trails that will highlight Flora and Fauna, Native American Heritage, and Pioneer Settlement. An interpretive kiosk, benches, arbor, and native garden are installed at the Trailhead. ...The parking area and trailhead are located at the corner of Warren and Spruce Streets in Bay City, Oregon."

    This area at the mouth of the Kilchis River was the main Native settlement of the Tillamook Indians. Joe C was the first white settler to arrive in Tillamook area and disembarked at Kilchis Point in 1851. The Morning Star of Tillamook, built at Kilchis Point, was the first ship built in Tillamook County and registered in the Oregon Territory. It was launched in the Kilchis River January 5, 1855. The Whitney Lumber Company established a logging headquarters at Kilchis Point and built over one mile of railroad track. Logs were dumped into Kilchis River, then out into Tillamook Bay and rafted to nearby mills.

    Owned by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, this is a wonderful nature area with approximately two miles of trails; bridges over the creeks, and benches for resting along the way. The paths are well maintained, flat and easy to walk. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the use one of their many picnic tables.

  • 06 Aug 2015 1:28 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Lane County Historical Society’s Bob Hart has been offering presentations as Dr. Thomas Condon, professor of natural science and geology at the UO, 1876-1905, and Oregon’s first state geologist. But Condon’s beard (Bob’s) will disappear in mid-December and the opportunity to hear him lecture on fossils and the importance of the John Day Fossil Beds in the scheme of things will cease. For more information or to schedule a program contact

  • 22 Jul 2015 9:02 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Washington County Museum in Hiilsboro is offering free exhibit panels! We have recently finished construction on our storage/archive building, located on the PCC Rock Creek campus, and are now beginning the long process of re-organization. We will be doing an open house on August 31st at 11am. If you are interested, come and check out our new digs!

    Below is a photo of the 30 exhibit panel walls we are giving away. You can take all or as many as you can use. You will have to arrange your own transportation to pick them up though.


    The panels measure 95 in. long x 48 in. wide x 2 in. thick. They are all in really good, solid condition, may just need a quick coat of paint or some touch ups. 


    Please get back to Liza Schade at if you would like to take these FREE panels and we will set up a time!

  • 30 Jun 2015 8:59 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Smithsonian Institution Outreach Project

    The Smithsonian is examining its National Conference on Cultural Property Protection to determine how the conference may better serve as an educational program for cultural property and heritage protection professionals.  This includes a gap analysis in these fields as well as exploring potential future partnerships with like organizations.  We value your input as we gather information that will help guide the next steps for the NCCPP and inform how to better align the Smithsonian’s diverse capacity in cultural property protection and cultural/scientific heritage preservation.  
    If you have not received a personalized link via email from the Smithsonian, please share your opinions here:

  • 20 May 2015 8:25 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    These baskets were stolen from the United Indian Health Services in northern California. Please be on the lookout for them.

    Further details below:

  • 14 May 2015 8:10 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    The Oregon Museums Association is accepting session proposals for the 2015 OMA Annual Conference, October 11-13, at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton, Oregon. We are seeking engaging and energizing presenters from around Oregon to discuss projects and programs that showcase diversity and change in today's museums.

    This year's theme, Telling the Whole Story: Diversity and Change in Today’s Museums, will highlight how we as museum professionals can broaden and enrich our facilities' cultural offerings, as we respond to changing audiences, collections, budgets, and environments.

    If you are interested in presenting at the 2015 OMA Annual Conference, please access the session proposal form via the PDF link. Proposal submission deadline is Monday, June 15, 2015.

    We look forward to hearing from you and cannot wait to create this year's engaging schedule. We hope to see you in Pendleton!
  • 15 Apr 2015 12:45 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History is seeking to donate its wood and particle board collections cabinets to a non-profit public museum or comparable public non-profit institution.  There are two major cabinet types:

    Type 1:  45” tall x 46 1/2” wide x 22” deep, some wood, some particle board, sliding doors, adjustable shelves, 30 available;


    Type 2: 32” tall x 50 ¼” wide x 34 1/2” deep, wood, removable window screen shelves, a few wooden drawers, hinged doors, 29 available.


    The cabinets have housed MNCH ethnographic collections for decades.  They have been sealed (with polyurethane we believe) to reduce off-gassing of wood, but are admittedly not perfect.  We will dismantle from stacks if you will transport.  There will be more of Type 1 as we empty them over the coming year.   Pictures are available upon request.


    Please contact Pam Endzweig, Director of Anthropological Collections,, or phone 541-346-5120.


  • 30 Dec 2014 5:56 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    Carriage Works, Inc. are offering some of their historic carriages for loan to museums that might be interested in displaying them.  Carriages available include a spider phaeton, a surry, a 100 year-old tub cart and 2 sleighs, once of which was built for George Lucas.  

    For further details, please contact Barbara Evensizer at


  • 20 Aug 2014 11:28 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    Benton County Museum are unpacking from moving the Horner Museum collection, which is an ongoing process. They constantly have more gently used acid-free boxes available for other museums who can use them.  Most are 1 cubic foot cartons. Artifacts were packed, moved six miles, and now they no longer need the boxes. They are quite reasonably priced.  Contact Irene Zenev for details (541.929.6230 or ).  

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