America’s Largest Veterans Organization Turns 100

America’s Largest Veterans Organization Turns 100

By Peggy Kowal, an Albany resident and Albany Regional Museum volunteer. 

The American Legion has been a part of the patriotic fabric of our states and communities for 100 years.  To commemorate this organization, and to honor Albany’s Post 10, the Albany Regional Museum will open an exhibit in August at 136 Lyon Street S. in historic downtown Albany.

13th Annual History Through Headstone Tour

13th Annual History Through Headstone Tour

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

Back in their day, Albany residents Dr. Frank Beauchamp, John Cusick, Wallace Howe Lee, Woodson Pierce Jenks, Frank George Merrill, Judge Victor Olliver, Nimrod Price, Francis Mylon Redfield and Ianthe Smith were household names. Not so much anymore.

Docents will bring their stories to life during the free, 13th annual Headstone Tour from 7 p.m. to dusk on Wednesday, July 24, at the Albany Masonic Cemetery at Seventh and Broadway streets.

A Model History

A Model History

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

It was April of 1964 when the Red Crown flouring mill on the Willamette River in Albany burned, but that doesn’t mean people can’t see what the mill looked like but only a smaller version.

That’s because in the mid-2000s, then 17-year-old Boy Scout Don Gillham of Jefferson along with friends and other Scouts, built a 44- by 50-inch by 30-inch tall replica of the mill, which is on display at the Albany Regional Museum.

The Albany Municipal Airport

The Albany Municipal Airport

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

This year, the Albany Municipal Airport marks its 99th year, making it the oldest continuously operating airfield in the state.

Along with that designation, in June 1998, the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., notified the city that the airport east of Albany had been selected for the National Register of Historic Places….

Albany's Victorian Homes

Albany's Victorian Homes

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

If you want to know more about why a house at Fifth and Walnut streets in Albany was built in an octagonal shape then visit the Albany Regional Museum, where the history of that house along with nine other Victorian-era residences are on display in a new exhibit.

The story of the houses, photographs of the homes and a photo of the homeowners (always a man) are in frames in the museum’s community room.

History of Timber Linn Park

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

In 1958, Roberta Corbin was known to many in Albany for submitting the winning entry in a city-wide contest to name a new park east of town.

Corbin suggested “Timber Linn Park”, and the Albany Jaycees, who sponsored the World Championship Timber Carnival, announced that winning name during the queen’s coronation that year.

Buy Local for Christmas, Support Your History

Buy Local for Christmas, Support Your History

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

There’s a mini bookstore in Albany that many probably know nothing about.

It’s located in the lobby of the Albany Regional Museum and includes historical fiction and non-fiction accounts of Oregon and the immediate area.

Anyone who makes a purchase and mentions the city of Albany’s newsletter “City Bridges” will get a 10 percent discount, said museum director Keith Lohse. By offering the price break, the museum wants to recognize the good working relationship it has with the city.

The historical column that appears on the museum’s website also can be found in each edition of City Bridges.

Here is a list of some of the books available at the museum.