Chatter Fall 2016

Celebrate Heritage Night on November 5

The Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum celebrates Heritage Night on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.

Your museum membership is your ticket to a fun evening including food, beverages, silent auction, oral auction, awards and friendship. Bid on ski trips, ski passes, cabin decor, antiques, artwork and more.

Memberships are available at the door. The festivities start at 6

From the President

I never aspired to be president of the museum board of directors, but the passing of our long-term president Bing Sheldon, necessitated some changes. The amount of good news we have to share makes assuming the president's role a real pleasure.

The museum recently paid off the outstanding debt associated with the elevator construction. The majority of the cost to design and install the elevator was covered by grants. The cost of design changes and construction change orders was not. Since 2010 we have dedicated all available income to paying the elevator debt. Through a donation from SERA architects, we were able to close the books on the project. We are looking forward to focusing on other museum building improvements.

Have you noticed the museum's fresh coat of paint? Our gratitude to Clackamas County Tourism for the grant for the paint. They also provided funding to conserve and digitize the entire R. L. Kohnstamm 16mm film collection. This project had been our our "want list" for years. We will also upgrade and expand our 10th Mountain Division exhibit, thanks to a gift from the daughter of a veteran of the division.

We are elated and honored to accept a large art collection from Wally and Kathy McKenzie. This collection is comprised of the best work by many local artists. The collection will be the foundation of a new local artist tribute gallery to open soon. Read the story about the donation on the museum web page.

A record number of people visited the museum and visitor center in July and August. The annual Steiner Cabin Tour in August sold out in 72 hours. It was an outstanding event thanks to the generosity of the cabin owners and volunteers that donated their time.

I hope to see you at our upcoming events. We are honored to present world-renowned ski historian E. John B. Allen on Saturday, Oct. 29, as our Social History Happy Hour speaker. The best mountain party of the year, Heritage Night at the museum, takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5.

All the museum successes are the result of the hard work of the museum board, staff and the dozens of volunteers that give their time to make the museum successful. Thanks for your support.

Lloyd Musser
Board President
Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum

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