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Clackamas County Historical Society regains 40% of potential revenue with event space.

COURTESY PHOTO - A crane aids in installing the new HVAC system on May 4 at Museum of the Oregon Territory.Thanks to generous donations, a new HVAC system was installed May 4 at Museum of the Oregon Territory.

In early 2020, the Clackamas County Historical Society's third-floor HVAC system failed, making events impossible in CCHS's Tumwater Ballroom, which generated 40% of the historical society's revenue. Luckily, according to CCHS Marketing Director Waldo McGinnis, the Clackamas County community pulled through to donate 27% of the total goal of $143,000, or a little over $38,000, which CCHS used as a down payment to secure a loan to cover the cost of installation.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Arch Bridge between Oregon City and West Linn was pictured in a recent Museum of the Oregon Territory exhibit as it appears currently and in a historic photograph during its construction in 1922."The COVID-19 pandemic had already deeply affected Tumwater's operations; however, the crippled HVAC system ensured that even if the ballroom was able to host events at full capacity, it would be unable to feasibly do so due to this critical system failure," McGinnis said. "However, we are still welcoming financial donations, as these contributions would help lessen the strain on our reserves and would ensure better financial stability for the institution."

McGinnis said the historical society is "eternally grateful" to its supporters who helped make this HVAC installation happen.

"We know the past year has been especially difficult, and it makes us appreciate your donations even more," McGinnis said. "Please know that without your contributions the Clackamas County Historical Society would not be here. While the HVAC units are now installed, we're not out of the woods yet."

CCHS's loan is due by the end of the calendar year, so donations of all sizes are still being accepted at clackamashistory.org, where there's more information about the museum's exhibits and services.

"The less money we have to pull from our reserves the more exhibit updates and relevant programming we can provide the community in the coming years," McGinnis said.

On April 7, the Museum of the Oregon Territory returned to its full operating hours, four days a week.

MOOT overlooks Willamette Falls, which transformed the region's industry through powering mills and electricity, as demonstrated through exhibits at the museum. MOOT is home to Native American petroglyphs and artifacts, the original 1850 Oregon City and 1851 San Francisco plat maps, a piece of the Willamette Meteorite, original belongings of 19th century immigrants to Clackamas County, as well as thousands of other objects, photographs and documents that reflect Clackamas County history and culture.

COURTESY PHOTO - The grounds around the Museum of the Oregon Territory received plenty of damage during the ice storm in February.Located at 211 Tumwater Drive in Oregon City, MOOT is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-17 and $7 for seniors age 65 and up. Veterans get free admission with ID.


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