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After long layoffs due to the pandemic, the county's history is back on display.

The Yamhill County Historical Society announced last week that the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center and the Miller Museum Research Center will reopen June 4.COURTESY PHOTO: YCHS - The Yamhill County Historical Society hosts a variety of events, including agricultural-based events.

Both locations will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with masks and social distancing required for all guests.

"At the Heritage Center, explore over 40,000 square feet of antique agricultural and horse-drawn equipment, vintage autos and historical items," the release said. "View our Oregon Trail exhibit highlighting life for the earliest Yamhill Valley settlers, look at dairy, logging and other displays, view blacksmiths at work and take a peek inside the 1880s Hutchcroft School."

The Heritage Center features more than 40,000 square feet of displays outlining the county's history, which includes a nod to its agricultural history. Those displays include agricultural and manufacturing equipment, horse-drawn equipment and more. There are also tools for those trades on display, among other items.

In June, July and August, visitors can enjoy the "Along the Oregon Trail" exhibit, which features a full-size replica covered wagon along with items that would have been in it. There are also original items including rifles, quilts, a rocking chair and more that have been preserved from the era of the pioneers.

The Heritage Center is located at 11275 S.W. Durham Lane in McMinnville. The Miller Museum Research Center is located at 605 Market St. in Lafayette.

"The Miller Museum Research Center in Lafayette has a variety of historical documents from old photos to census information and genealogy materials," the release said. "Appointments are encouraged, but not required."

Hay Day is also coming up at the Heritage Center, where a local mule skinner named Wayne Beckwith will lead a group making hay "the old-fashioned way," according to the release. That event is $5 per car and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26.

For more information on any of the events or reopenings, call the Historical Society at 503-472-2842.

"We're so excited to be reopening," YCHS president Pam Watts wrote. "The museum teams are working toward opening to visitors starting June 4, following COVID safety protocols … New displays are being set up, the equipment dusted -- and volunteers are being enlisted to help as greeters and docents … Plans are being made for several events later this year, and while they may look a little different than in the past, we look forward to welcoming members and guests again."


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