|Seniors Escorting Seniors offered use of their bus for the historic tour|
NEWSLETTER, Issue 2, July 2014
(Sorry for late posting of July Newsletter)
To keep you up to date with what’s happening with the Myrtle Creek Historical Society, we’ve decided to experiment with sending out a monthly newsletter. This is our second issue. We would really appreciate hearing some feedback and suggestions from our readers. What topics would you like to see covered?
UPCOMING EVENT - HISTORIC SITE TOUR
It’s time again for the historical site tour during Summer Festival (July 25-27, 2014). Most of the June meeting of the Historical Society was devoted to organizing the tour. Al Helgeson volunteered to be tour guide again this year. Seniors Escorting Seniors has offered use of their bus for the tour. This summer, the tour will begin in Millsite Park instead of at City Hall. Meet the bus at the park plaza at 1 PM on Saturday, July 26th....look for our signs.
JUNE EVENT - HISTORY DAY
At the June meeting, Al Helgeson recapped "History Day" at Elks Community Youth Center Summer Camp (held June 23-27). Al made a presentation to youth attendees (kindergarten to grade 6). He felt it was a success with about 20 kids present. He tried to limit presentation to things that may interest the young group Along with stories, he showed them kerosene lamps, an old flat iron and photos of the stagecoach that traveled this area.
HISTORY IN THE NEWS
Each month, members of the Historical Society have been taking turns writing a local history article for the Douglas County Mail. The article for June was written by Maureen Butler about the infamous Brumfield Murder Case. In July of 1921, a respected Roseburg dentist, Dr. Richard Brumfield, murdered William Dennis Russell near the Booth ranch (6 miles north of Myrtle Creek). If you missed it, check the June 26th issue of the Mail. There is also a detailed account of this case in the latest issue of the Umpqua Trapper. Rumors say story may soon be on TV.
Work continues on the Mayor’s Proposed Historic District Project: More “historic significance” data is needed for a number of the properties in the proposed district before application can be submitted to the State. Members of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society will be contacting current property owners in an effort to obtain more data. High definition photos are also needed for many of the properties (showing then and now).
Work has begun on selecting photos for our 2015 calendar, which should be available for purchase this Fall. The theme this year is buildings in the proposed historic district.
The Historical Society has many other projects “in work” or on the “to do” list. Volunteers are needed to help with these projects. Please contact Dora Dyer if you can help.
The Historical Society is also working on preparation of an informational brochure that will let people know what we’re all about, what our short and long-term goals are, why we need to do some fundraising, and why we need more active participation from residents that can tell us about days gone by. What sort of information do YOU think should be in such a brochure?
Meetings of the Myrtle Creek Historical Society are usually held on the last Friday of each month at Myrtle Creek City Hall. However, due to the Summer Festival happening on the last weekend, the next meeting will be held a week earlier…..on this Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm.
Items on the agenda for this Friday include final preparations for Summer Festival tour, collecting photos for proposed historic district and for 2015 calendar, plus working on some items in the long list of projects to do, such as the informational brochure. As always, “Audience Participation” is open to anyone for “show and tell”.
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