Albany Regional Museum

Albany Regional Museum To preserve, exhibit, and encourage knowledge of the history and culture of the Albany, Oregon area.

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Mission: To preserve, exhibit, and encourage knowledge of the history and culture of the Albany, Oregon area.

Today we say goodbye to an amazing woman. Doris Scharpf's memorial service was today, and if you do not know that name y...
05/10/2019
Albany's angel: Scharpf enjoyed quietly giving away millions of dollars to help community

Today we say goodbye to an amazing woman. Doris Scharpf's memorial service was today, and if you do not know that name you should take some time to read all about Albany's angel.
Much of what we know and love in Albany would not be here without the Scharpfs. Twenty years ago she helped the Museum secure our current home and we will be forever grateful. Doris, you will be missed.

Doris Scharpf was the most marvelous kind of shared secret for certain Albany residents, akin to knowing a super hero’s secret identity.

May is preservation month! Which makes it a great time to consider how you support preservation. One way you can help is...
05/09/2019

May is preservation month! Which makes it a great time to consider how you support preservation. One way you can help is to take part in our new Sponsor an Object program. As a sponsor you will help cover expenses related to the care of a collection object. You will receive a tax deductible receipt, a thank you in our next newsletter, and an update on the care of the sponsored object from our Collections Manager. If you would like to claim a sponsorship call us at 541-967-7122 or to see more objects available to sponsor visit https://www.armuseum.com/help-preserve

Feature 1 - Weatherford Painting
Sponsor for $15

Painted by a Weatherford family member in 1889.

Needs: Ethafoam & Cotton Tying Tape

History Bites is happening now. Going on a virtual tour with Bill Maddy.
05/08/2019

History Bites is happening now. Going on a virtual tour with Bill Maddy.

City Bridges went out today and in it is another great history article by Board Member Cathy Ingalls. This month she wro...
04/30/2019
A Model History

City Bridges went out today and in it is another great history article by Board Member Cathy Ingalls. This month she wrote about the model of the Red Crown Mill at the Museum. See the full story on our website!

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member It was 1947 when the Red Crown flouring mill on the Willamette River in Albany burned, but that doesn’t mean people can’t see what the mill looked like but only a smaller version. That’s because in the mid-2000s, then 17-year-old Boy Scout ...

A thankful post, the Museum is happy to announce that the Linn County Cultural Coalition has provided $1000 in support o...
04/26/2019
www.linnculture.org

A thankful post, the Museum is happy to announce that the Linn County Cultural Coalition has provided $1000 in support of collections care at the Museum!

Thank you, thank you LCCC.

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunte...
04/14/2019

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunteers.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Jansen (2018 Above & Beyond Award Winner)

1. Why did you start volunteering at the museum?
Love the museum. I was asked to join the board by a current board member. I agreed and that was the beginning of getting involved in the history of Albany.

2. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned?
Preservation is not just saving items. It has more to do with keeping items in the collection safe. Most of our past has been lost due to poor handling. Keith and Amy have taught us all the correct procedures for handling and storing our precious items.

3. How long have you been at the museum?
Three years. A lot of changes have occurred in that short amount of time.

4. What projects and/or events have you worked on?
Biggest one is the finances. Moving our accounting back to the museum and directing our savings to more lucrative investments. Time to make money with money. Worked on 2 “Farm to Table” fundraisers. Fun projects.

5. What do you like most about volunteering?
The people and the community. There are so many people in Albany who are interested in history.

6. What other volunteer opportunities would you like to do at the museum?
I think we ALL are going to be working on the Capital Campaign. Time to get the museum upgraded. Open the 2nd floor, return the front of the building back to a 1911 look. We will always have something going on.New and old.

7. What are your other interests/hobbies?
Gardening, home restoration (we live in a home built in 1879), computer programming/administration, and wood working. Oh, and I love to go on vacation with Jeff and Roxie.

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunte...
04/13/2019

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunteers.

Volunteer Spotlight: Cathy Ingalls

1. Why did you start volunteering at the museum?
As a reporter for the Albany Democrat-Herald, I wrote many stories about the museum, museum events and its exhibits. I also used the museum to help when researching stories. Consequently, when I retired I thought that it would be both fun and rewarding to volunteer in a place where I had enjoyed spending so much time.

2. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned?
Because I write a monthly history of the community column for the museum and for the Albany City Bridges newsletter, I do a lot of research at the museum. For that reason, I’ve learned so much about the “olden” days of Albany and Linn County.

3. How long have you been at the museum?
I have volunteered at the museum since 2014.

4. What projects and/or events have you worked on?
I have helped out at a variety of events put on by the museum: the open house on Veterans Day, History Bites, the teas, and numerous other activities.

5. What do you like most about volunteering?
It’s a treat to write the history columns, as a board member I like taking part in making decisions about the museum and it’s future, and I like being aware of upcoming museum events.

6. What are your other interests/hobbies?
Outside the museum, I am a member of two book groups, I am an officer in a women’s organization, I am part of a women’s walking group and now that I am retired, I’ve re-connected with friends and we eat out a lot and we take day trips. Also, my house is ruled by two cats and I care for two feral cats.

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunte...
04/13/2019

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunteers.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Broad

1. Why did you start volunteering at the museum?
To help where needed as suggested by my wife who works at the museum. She voluntold me.

2. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned?
I learned that a local funeral home took over ambulance services before the 1960’s, and that 911 didn’t exist until the 1970’s.

3. How long have you been at the museum?
About a year.

4. What projects and/or events have you worked on?
Sealing the basement from water intrusion, repairing the stairs, installing shelving, building and repairing exhibit cases, moving heavy furniture, disposing of dead mice, and helping with the community room rentals. I also worked on the pumper in the fire department exhibit.

5. What do you like most about volunteering?
Helping make my wife’s workplace better.

6. What are your other interests/hobbies?
Welding, restoring our historic house, day trips with Erica and our dogs, dirt bike riding.

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunte...
04/13/2019

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunteers.

Volunteer Spotlight: Clara Scillian-Kennedy (2018 Volunteer of the Year)

1. Why did you start volunteering at the museum?
When I started my Master's degree in Museum Studies, I decided volunteering would be a good way to gain experience and forge connections in the museum community. A friend pointed me in the direction of the Albany Regional Museum, and I was hooked!

2. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned?
The most interesting thing I have learned about Albany is that the Veteran's Day parade is the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi River. I come from a very small town where there weren't many (if any) parades, and certainly nothing close to the kind of community involvement that Albany has with its Veteran's Day parade.

3. How long have you been at the museum?
I began volunteering in mid-March of 2017, so just over 2 years.

4. What projects and/or events have you worked on?
I have inventoried, organized, and catalogued the many, many books in the museum, both in the reference room and in the collection. I have also assisted with some exhibits and the Art and Air Festival geocaching station.

5. What do you like most about volunteering?
The best thing about volunteering is being able to come to the museum and do something I love. It is never predictable, and there are always new things to learn and discover.

6. What other volunteer opportunities would you like to do at the museum?
I would love to assist with the History Through Headstones tours during the summer.

7. What are your other interests/hobbies?
I crochet and knit, visit museums, read, and antique hunt. I also try to get out and hike as many new trails as I can during the summer.

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunte...
04/12/2019

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunteers.

Volunteer Spotlight: Madeleine Getz

1. Why did you start volunteering at the museum?
I started volunteering because I love history and wanted to learn more about my community, and because I wanted a chance to see what working inside a museum would be like.

2. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned?
The most interesting thing I’ve learned is a tough question; I’d have to say learning about the buildings downtown. It’s always really cool to be able to walk around with my family and say, “That used to be a saloon! That was a car dealership! This building was built as part of the New Deal as a post office!” It adds a whole dimension to downtown.

3. How long have you been at the museum?
I’ve been at the museum for about 10 months.

4. What projects and/or events have you worked on?
I started working downstairs as a docent, but I’ve done research requests, copied documents for our reference room, helped research for our new firefighters exhibit, and now I’m upstairs repackaging our military artifacts in collections.

5. What do you like most about volunteering?
I really like that I can come in every weekend and learn something new about Albany, or the museum, or museum procedure. I also like getting to know people better as you work on projects because it makes the experience that much better.

6. What other volunteer opportunities would you like to do at the museum?
I’d love to help out with some of the special monthly events at the museum, because I haven’t been able to do one yet.

7. What are your other interests/hobbies?
I’m really interested in politics, so in my free time I’m the president of West Albany High School’s politics club, and I’m also the YMCA Youth and Government’s Youth Secretary of State of Oregon. I play violin in the Corvallis Youth Symphony and a lot of local theater as well.

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunte...
04/12/2019

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In honor of the week we will spotlight several of our amazing volunteers.

Volunteer Spotlight: Dan Murphy

1. Why did you start volunteering at the museum?
I have always had an intense interest in history, including local history. I was hoping that with a bit more “free” time after “retirement” I could volunteer to learn more and to help spread the interest and appreciation of our history.

2. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned?
That the museum is in a building which was moved several blocks in the early 20th century using horses and human power.

3. How long have you been at the museum?
As a volunteer since January 4, 2019. I have been a member for a number of years.

4. What projects and/or events have you worked on?
I do research both related to collection items and on request from the community. I have also done a bit of docent work. Starting in April I have assumed the role of Volunteer Coordinator.

5. What do you like most about volunteering?
I enjoy most learning new things about the area’s history. I also enjoy working with people: museum staff, volunteers and the public who come in to see what we have.

6. What other volunteer opportunities would you like to do at the museum?
I am interested in participating in the graveside program (not sure what it is called) concerning Judge Olliver who was one of my predecessors at the courthouse. Beyond that I think I am pretty busy at the museum and need to focus on what I’ve committed to so far. I also would like to present at a future history bite on one of several subjects including the history of the Linn County Courthouse.

7. What are your other interests/hobbies?
I practice law half time; I am a Master Gardener trainee and volunteer for various Master Gardener projects and events; I enjoy gardening, woodworking, hiking, bird watching (actually watching all wild life); and reading. I especially like to read history, biographies, etc.

Don't forget to join us at the Museum tomorrow, 4/5/19, for Downtown's First Friday from 4-8! We will have artists Linda...
04/05/2019

Don't forget to join us at the Museum tomorrow, 4/5/19, for Downtown's First Friday from 4-8! We will have artists Linda D. Ellsworth and Cecelia Peters in the community room. Here is a little highlight of Cecelia Peters and her work in clay.

"I started working in clay in the 1970's for a fun thing to do. Because I was working and raising a family, it was just a fun hobby for a long time. In the last 10 years, I have been able to spend more time exploring my options with clay. I began using underglazes for color and adapting techniques I learned in drawing classes to create scenes on my clay work. I currently am focused on making tiles depicting animals as well as landscapes and seascapes. I use different types of clay and glazes to create varying colors.

I have exhibited at Giustina Gallery, Albany Library and local open exhibits. I sell my work at at Brownsville Art Association, Albany Senior Center Gift Shop as well as local craft shows. My work is primarily done with stoneware clay and fired at cone 10. I have taken classes at Linn-Benton Community College, OSU Craft Center, and Clay Space in Eugene, Oregon. I currently do my firing at Clay Space."

Downtown Albany

#ICYMI Cathy Ingalls, board member, has a new article up on our website. Cathy writes a great history article every mont...
03/06/2019
The Albany Municipal Airport

#ICYMI Cathy Ingalls, board member, has a new article up on our website. Cathy writes a great history article every month for the City Government of Albany, Oregon newsletter. This month covers the Albany Municipal Airport.

#history #ARMuseum #AlbanyOR #airport

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member This year, the Albany Municipal Airport marks its 99th year, making it the oldest continuously operating airfield in the state. Along with that designation, in June 1998, the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., notified the city that the

Our very own Erica Broad is famous! Her great customer service and our history resources are on display in this article ...
03/03/2019
» Bryant Park: It’s been a full century

Our very own Erica Broad is famous! Her great customer service and our history resources are on display in this article by Hasso Hering.

The archives of the Albany Regional Museum yielded these articles about Bryant Park. Staff member Erica Broad dug them out.

We are all set up for First Friday! Join us at 5, 6, or 7 pm to watch a great documentary on Abigail Scott Duniway, a le...
03/02/2019

We are all set up for First Friday! Join us at 5, 6, or 7 pm to watch a great documentary on Abigail Scott Duniway, a leader of the Oregon suffragette movement.

#history #popcorntime #womenshistory #firstfriday

02/28/2019

March starts tomorrow and it is first Friday in Downtown already. The Museum will be open late, until 8 pm, offering popcorn and a showing of a documentary on Abigail Scott Duniway. We will be showing this 30-minute video at 5, 6, & 7 pm.

Abigail Scott Duniway, was largely responsible for Oregon women gaining the right to vote in 1912 – eight years before the rest of the country. March is women’s history month making it a great time to come learn about Duniway, who lived in Albany for a time.

FREE ADMISSION. Popcorn and light refreshments will be served.

Downtown Albany Albany Downtown Association

Our exhibit "Where There's Smoke" had a private opening last Friday for our membership and fire fighters. We wanted to t...
02/22/2019
3 Sheets Brewery & Taproom

Our exhibit "Where There's Smoke" had a private opening last Friday for our membership and fire fighters. We wanted to thank 3 Sheets Brewery & Taproom for providing delicious refreshments for the night. They are just around the corner from the Museum, be sure to support wonderful local businesses like them.

Truly a nano-Brewery: brewing craft beers in small batches for all beer lovers. 30+ recipes, many of which are influenced by our love of German biers.

Thank you for the amazing write-up Albany Democrat-Herald. The opening for Where Theres Smoke was amazing! #ARMuseum #wh...
02/17/2019
Albany museum helps fire department celebrate 150th birthday with new exhibit

Thank you for the amazing write-up Albany Democrat-Herald. The opening for Where Theres Smoke was amazing!

#ARMuseum #wheretheressmoke #history #firedepartment

The Albany Regional Museum was full of activity earlier this week, as volunteers and staff installed a new exhibit on the history of the Albany Fire Department, which is celebrating

Happy Birthday Oregon! Come on down to the Albany Regional Museum and celebrate with us! At 11:30 am, Chet from the Mont...
02/16/2019

Happy Birthday Oregon! Come on down to the Albany Regional Museum and celebrate with us! At 11:30 am, Chet from the Monteith House will be giving a short presentation on “Oregon Becomes a State”, followed by a cake-cutting ceremony with the mayor.

See you soon!

02/09/2019
Albany Fire Department

What a cool piece of Albany history. Thank you for sharing Albany Fire Department. Thanks to you, we will have a copy of this video playing in our exhibit "Where There's Smoke" opening on the 16th.

Albany Visitors Association Albany Downtown Association

In 1920, Ford UK came to Albany, OR to film Albany Fire using their Fordson tractor. The tractors were used to pull the steamer engines.

#history #tractor #150year #sesquicentennial #firefighter #albany #local845 #steamer

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