Here's What's New at the Pioneer Museum
For more information visit the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum at 2106 2nd Street in Tillamook, Oregon or call 503-842-4553.
Museum's Great Speaker Series - Discussion on the
Declaration of Independence
Saturday, October 25, 2014
|If the Constitution of the United States speaks to the head, the Declaration of Independence speaks to the heart and to the body; if the Constitution is prose, the Declaration is poetry. What does the Declaration of Independence have to offer us as twenty-first century Americans? What does it mean to have a right to pursue happiness? And how might we think about—and use—the Declaration to improve the state of our Republic?
Presented by the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum and sponsored by Oregon Humanities, this will be the focus of “The Truths We Hold: The Poetry and Lessons of the Declaration of Independence,” a free conversation with Wendy Willis on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM in the Main Gallery of the Pioneer Museum.
Ms. Willis is a poet, essayist, and national leader in civic engagement and collaborative governance. She serves as executive director of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national nonprofit organization that is housed at Portland State University and devoted to improving democratic governance. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was released in 2012.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Carla Albright at 503-842-4553.
Oregon Humanities (813 SW Alder St, #702; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas to change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at
oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Great Speaker Series Features Teen from Palestinian
Saturday, October 18 at 1:30
Tillamook Main Library
||The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is pleased to present Palestinian Exchange Student Juliana Daboub on Saturday, October 18 at 1:30 PM in the Museum’s Main Gallery. Juliana is a student this year at Tillamook Senior High and will be speaking on “My Life as a Teen in the Palestinian Territories.” She was born and raised in Bethlehem and speaks four languages. As a Catholic living in a Muslim world, Juliana will have a unique perspective on the Middle East and its struggles. Juliana is currently staying with her host family Andrea and Larry Goss. This program is sponsored by the Pioneer Museum’s Daisy Fund and is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages.
For more information call 503-842-4553.
Great Speaker Series:
Legacy: Reconstructing the Life of Tillamook son and WWII veteran, Charles W. Hunter
Saturday November 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM
|In 1942, Charles “Chuck” Hunter, son of Alice and Frank Hunter and younger brother to local legend Helen Hunter, enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Stationed in the South Pacific, Chuck delivered supplies to the troops and spent much of his time 10,000 feet above the islands. The Hunter family received devastating news via Western Union telegram in October of 1945. They had lost their son when his plane crashed into a Japanese mountainside. Their unimaginable loss was felt throughout Tillamook.
Seventy years later, and three thousand miles from Oregon’s coastline, a DC-based, mother of two and self-proclaimed history buff received a package of wartime letters. The letters were all addressed to Alice & Frank Hunter and ranged in date from 1942-1945. They were signed by their loving son, Chuck.
This unique collection of letters offers a personal perspective of the wartime experience, as well as an intimate and touching peek into the relationship between parents and son.
Karen Nudelman is the custodian of Chuck’s letters. The compelling personal stories written eloquently by Chuck, fueled her desire to offer this young man a legacy he was denied. Along with friend and co-author Kim Varner, Karen is writing a book to highlight not only Chuck’s wartime stories, but the impact the war had on the community of Tillamook, Oregon. With the help of historians and curators at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, National Archives, FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Kim and Karen have uncovered more documents about Chuck’s wartime experiences.
Karen Nudelman lives near Washington, D.C. After a decade of working in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser and event planner, Karen is currently writing the book from home. Along with her husband Scott, she is raising two young children. The daughter of a Social Studies teacher, Karen has never stopped learning. She has a passion for collecting ephemera which capture milestone moments in American history from the eyes of an individual. She has previously written freelance articles and personal memoirs on family travel, healthy cooking and her life as an adoptive parent.
Kim Varner is a freelance writer daughter of a Vietnam veteran. She currently also resides near Washington D.C. with her husband, three children and a feisty cockapoo. Kim and Karen are neighbors and met last year while walking their children to elementary school.
We hope you will join Kim Varner and Karen Nudelman for a presentation of their unique story, research methods and unexpected findings on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 1pm.
|“Museum Preservation: Fighting the Agents of Deterioration”
TCPM Registrar Lise Zimmerman has put together an exhibit entitled “Museum Preservation: Fighting the Agents of Deterioration” in the Main and Northwest Galleries from now until November 29th. The exhibit explores the reasons museums accept or decline donations, how they care for their precious artifacts and how individuals can better care for their own collections. Free with Museum admission.
Pioneer Museum seeks Volunteers
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is accepting applications for volunteer work at the Pioneer Museum as well as at the Kilchis Point Interpretive Trails site in Bay City. Possible positions at the museum include front desk personnel, substitutes for the front desk, docents for tours, research, and typing and filing. Duties at the Kilchis site will be clearing trails, weeding the trailhead locations, and removing invasive plants.
“We do our best to match our volunteers to the tasks
that need to be done,” said Ruby Fry-Matson, the museum’s Volunteer
Coordinator. “We want everyone to have a positive experience and enjoy
the time spent with us. We treasure our volunteers and couldn’t run
this museum without them.”
For more information or to obtain an application and an
appointment for an interview, contact Ruby at 503-842-4553 or
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