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For more information visit the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum at 2106 2nd Street in Tillamook, Oregon or 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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