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.
Time to Think About Christmas?
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum had such a successful response to their Community Tree at the Festival of Trees in 2013 that the Festival Committee has decided to have another community-featured tree for this years event. Festival Committee member Diane Colcord suggested the theme of
"Tell Me a Story",¯ so the Museum is now asking community members to donate vintage-style ornaments and photos with a brief sentence or two about a favorite Christmas memory. Diane
reports." We will then create ornaments with the photos on one side and the story on the back. It should be fun and enlightening to read about our community's most memorable Christmases."
Photographs can be scanned by the Pioneer Museum with the originals being returned to the donors. After the Festival, the photographs will remain in the Museum's photography collection. The Festival of Trees is the Museum's only fundraiser and will be held December 6 through the 14, with the Gala Event on Friday, December 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Funds raised this year will go toward state-of- the-art archival collection preservation materials and equipment so the Museum can better care for its artifacts.
Those interested in contributing to the Community Tree or in decorating a tree, tabletop tree, wreath, centerpiece, or donating items for Santa's Pack can call Carla mornings at the Museum at 503-842-4553.
"A Step Back in Time" Returns!
August 15-17, 2014
||The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is again joining with the Garibaldi Maritime Museum, Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, and the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad in offering a one-price ticket of $15 to tour all the venues the weekend of August 15 through the 17th. Also this year, we are adding the Old Iron Show, the Tillamook Forest Center and the Cape Meares Lighthouse.
|Children under 12 are free, except a surcharge of $2.50 will be collected for the train ride for children between the ages of 3 and 12.
Blacksmith Gary Lewis will return to the East Lawn of the Pioneer Museum to do demonstrations for the weekend. Each of the locations will be hosting special events and activities. Since the times vary for each location, call the Museum for more information.
||Bayocean Park: A Grand Notion
Tillamook Co. Pioneer Museum
On display until July 25, 2014
At the turn of the 20th century, two men had a dream about making the natural feature of the spit at Tillamook Bay into a high quality vacation resort that would rival Atlantic City on the east coast.
Thomas Benton Potter and his son T. Irving Potter bought out land claims in the early 1900’s and started to design and build their vision. Bayocean Park was to have a grand hotel, natatorium, dance hall, amusement park, tennis courts and a golf course.
|In reality, a smaller hotel was built as were the dance hall, natatorium and tennis courts. Building lots were sold and cottages, bungalows and camping areas were built. People came by the hundreds to enjoy the beaches and dances at Bayocean and swim in the heated waters of the natatorium. But by 1930, erosion of the beaches by the Pacific Ocean would spell doom for the Potters’ dream.
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum has installed a new exhibit in the Main and Northwest Galleries that features a historical perspective on Bayocean spit.
“Bayocean Park: A Grand Notion” features photographs and artifacts from the Museum’s collection and tells the story of the Potters as they imagined, designed and developed their resort town on the Bayocean spit. Using photographs and artifacts from the Pioneer Museum’s collections, the exhibit explains what happened to this town and why.
Included with Museum admission, “Bayocean Park: A Grand Notion” will be on display until July 25, 2014.
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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