South Oregon Coast Museum Looks at Myrtlewood, Immigrant History

South Oregon Coast Museum Looks at Myrtlewood, Immigrant History

Posted 4/27/22 4:55 AM PST
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection

(Coos Bay, Oregon) – The myrtlewood wonders of Oregon’s southern coast and a deep history of the region will be on display, with a new myrtlewood exhibit and a talk May 3 on a family’s journey from immigrants in the region. The Coos History Museum in Coos Bay brings the popular tree that has transformed the area in some ways to life with the feature which began this week, while the First Tuesday Talk program tells the story of a family of Japan decades ago and its role in the region. and national history. (Above: Drone photo of Cape Arago, Coos Bay, courtesy of Manuela Durson – see Manuela Durson Fine Arts for more)

The Coos History Museum recently launched its new exhibit, Myrtlewood: Treasure of the Southern Oregon Coast. It takes a good look at the history of the myrtlewood tree. Coos County is often known for its connection to the lumber industry, but the use of myrtle wood for craft gifts, furniture, and artwork is what makes it unique. Not only treasured for its beauty, it was also used as local currency during the Great Depression. See handcrafted myrtle wood creations and learn about the importance of this incredible tree to the southern Oregon coast.

The museum is also hosting a special event where the public can watch a live woodworking demonstration by the South Coast Woodturners on Saturday, May 7. There you will receive free handmade gifts while supplies last. There will also be opportunities to purchase wooden craft creations during the event.

The exhibition is located in the museum’s reception gallery and will be on display until April 2023. You can discover the exhibition during the opening hours of the museum, from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. entrance to the museum.

For the Coos History Museum’s First Tuesday Talk, it’s a mixed affair both live and online, starting at 6 p.m. “Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

A former resident of Coos Bay, Loftus will talk about her family history and her journey from Japan to Oregon and the South Coast. Mitzi will also provide insight into her personal story growing up in Oregon, and what it was like for her and her family during an important time in the history of the United States and Oregon, and beyond. .

Registration for this presentation is free for CHM members, $7 for non-members participating in person and $5 for non-members participating online. To register for this program, please visit the CHM website (cooshistory.org/events/first-tuesday-talks-may-2022) or register at the Coos History Museum reception. You can also contact the museum by email at [email protected] or by phone at 541-756-6320 x216.

See cooshistory.org

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Pictures above courtesy of Manuela Durson – see Manuela Durson Fine Arts for more


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