Canby Historical Society on a 'come back,' seeks new members
Ken Daniels is proud of the work that he and the rest of his team have done so far at the Canby Historical Society. They're good about keeping a tight ship, the historical society's vice president says, with most of the organization's operational expenses funded solely from the biannual flea market.
But they could be doing more he added, which includes recruiting more stewards to preserve the rich history of Clackamas County's second-oldest city.
"We need more younger board members," he said. "Not old like me."
The Canby Historical Society was first established on May 15, 1968, by John R. Nieland, Herman Bergman, and Viola Mack. This year marks its 54th anniversary. After surviving a pandemic that halted fundraising opportunities like the annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast and the semi-annual flea market Daniels believes things are starting to look up.
Daniels says the flea market is a great revenue source for the historical society, raising between $2,500 and $3,000 each event. Revenue from the market funds general operation expenses like maintaining the museum, currently housed in the former Canby Depot building.
Daniels says the depot is in need of a new paint job, as well as a new furnace.
The pandemic certainly slowed things down as far as fundraising, Daniels says, but he thinks things are in a "come back."
"There shouldn't be any reason why (the flea market) wouldn't be filled with vendors every time," he said, adding that there are plans to reintroduce the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast as well.
Daniels said the historical society is reintroducing its monthly Monday programs and members are also in the process of transferring oral historical records from cassette tapes to digital files. This effort, Daniels emphasizes, welcomes as much participation from the community as possible.
"We have a lot of things to do that require a lot of research," Daniels said. "We want to the histories of people, put it together and make available for others to look at."
For anyone interested in volunteering or being part of a committee, visit www.canbyhistoricalsociety.org or call 503-266-6712. Anyone is welcome to drop by the Canby Depot Museum, located at 888 N.E. 4th Ave. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
For anyone interested in supporting the historical society in other ways, check out the semi-annual flea market on Saturday, Sept. 24th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.
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