If you passed by the museum on April 6th, you would have seen a dozen or so young people hard at work moving and removing plants, pulling weeds, edging flower beds, and tearing out the wooden sidewalk in front of the museum so that a new concrete walk can be put in. The museum was delighted to have several of the Sierra Service Project volunteers help us get on top of what had seemed like an overwhelming task. We thank Pat Stacklie for her part in bringing this program to Vernonia.
Stop by and see our newly framed photographs of Vernona Cherrington, for whom the town was named, and her granddaughter who visited here in 1992. We also have lovely new frames on two Malmsten family portraits, all thanks to a grant from Mark and Helen Greathouse and the fine work done by Grey Dawn Gallery and Archive Photo Restoration. Read More
With the slightly warmer and occasionally sunnier weather, we have welcomed the return of visitors who are bicycling in the area. It’s always fun to show the museum to those who are exploring the area for the first time. That is not to say that local visitors aren’t equally welcome. We have many visitors who tell us they have lived here for years and have never been inside. One day, a young man about twelve years old came into the museum. “I’ve lived here all my life and never been in to see this,” he said. It happened that he was a descendant of Clark and Melissa Parker who were the first to settle here in 1874, so it was especially rewarding to show him all the Parker family pictures we have on display.
We were saddened to learn of Norbert Pelster’s passing at 100 years of age. Norbert used to visit the museum regularly and enjoyed telling tales of his days working at Oregon-American Lumber. During the Great Depression the mill suspended operations from 1933 to 1936.
Norbert was one of the few people kept on the payroll as a security guard. He regaled us with many stories of his duties as a night watchman during those years. How we wish we had recorded those stories! We miss him and extend our condolences to the entire Pelster family.
The Museum board welcomes a new and enthusiastic new volunteer, Angela Bettencourt. She recently received her training and will be holding the museum open at least one Sunday per month. As always, we appreciate our volunteers and invite you to become one, too! Read More