After more than 30 years of anticipation, the Museum at Warm Springs gets set to hold grand opening 25 years ago.

PIONEER LOGO - Looking Back at events from 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago this week.100 YEARS AGO

February 28, 1918

All members of the Home Defense Council of Jefferson County are being notified today that a meeting of great importance has been called for Monday afternoon, March 4, at 2 o'clock. Members of the council should be present without fail.

Call out the Guard! Company fall In! etc., et cetera and so forth. There is a possibility of the Jefferson County Home Guard being called to service. Have you considered this?

Did you know that the Guard has been drilling differently each Monday night in the Armory for several months and that they are in good shape to be called to immediate service? Next Monday night, the "boys" will put on a public demonstration for the benefit of the Red Cross.

At noon Commissioner Sergeant Ober, assisted by Anna M. Turley, of O.A.C., will serve a wartime dinner, from the menu which appears with this article. There are some of the items which may not have appeared on Madras' table before, but Europe is eating from worse menus than this and at the same time is putting large spokes in the Kaiser's wheel. Miss Turley will demonstrate during the entire afternoon to the ladies of the county the art of preparing food in accordance with the Government Food Regulations. This feature of the program will be of great value to all.

In the evening, commencing at 8 o'clock, an interesting program will be presented. Features of this program will be a drill by the crack squad, musical members, a general court martial, and will finish with one of the wildest breach of promise and alienation of affections suits ever held in any court in the world. Everybody with their children are invited. It doesn't cost a cent if you can get along without eating or don't get court-martialed out of a few cents for the benefit of the Red Cross.


February 25, 1943

Do any of you know what certain young lady of Madras went into what certain restaurant of Madras the other day, ordered hot cakes, and coffee, and then very carefully poured the cream over the hotcakes? We have not been able to ascertain what happened to the syrup, and we are wondering if it went into the coffee. Tish! Tish!


February 29, 1968

Between 150 and 200 persons attended a Saturday-Sunday grand opening of the new Metolius City Hall and Community Center.

Offsetting the pleasant atmosphere of the open house, with its coffee and doughnuts, was an act of vandalism that saw a large window in the front of the structure shattered. Someone Friday night threw a beer bottle through it. A similar act of vandalism the same night, shattered a window of the mobile home of the Robert Heckathorn family.

The new structure was built by R.L. DeJager, Madras general contractor, from plans drawn by the Portland architect firm of Wilmsen, Endicott and Unthank.

An object of interest at the two-day open house was a minute book for the city of Metolius dating from January 1913. Its existence was unknown to city officials until recently, when it was turned over to them by representatives of Pacific Power & Light Co., who reported it had been discovered in the Bend office of the utility. Why it had been in PP&L's possession and for how long are mysteries to Metolius officials.


February 25, 1993

After more than 30 years of anticipation, The Museum at Warm Springs is about to become a reality.

March 14, has been set as the grand opening and the exhibits, will be completed on schedule, according to museum Executive Director Michael Hammond.

"I hope the building will speak more articulately than I can. We've tried to design a building that looks like it belongs here, represents the tribes and makes visitors feel comfortable and in the right frame of mind to learn about the 'tribes,' said architect Bryan Burke during a media preview of the museum last week.

Built to resemble a traditional encampment among the cottonwoods along Shitike Creek, the 25,000-square-foot museum houses 2,500 artifacts and a collection of 2,500 historical photos.

Only a fourth of those artifacts are on display at one time, and exhibits, will be changed periodically to emphasize different themes.

"We had to decide whether we wanted people to leave saying, "I never want to see another beaded bag again," or "This is a spectacular place!" Hammond said explaining the rotation.

In 1968, tribal leaders had become alarmed at the amount of family heirlooms which were being sold to private collectors or institutions off the reservation. In an aggressive campaign to preserve their culture, the tribes allocated $50,000 a year for the purchase of artifacts from tribal members and families.

"This collection rivals any other collection in the country, according to the Smithsonian," stated Hammond, during a Chamber of Commerce forum on the new museum last week.

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