Fire Exhibit Celebrates 150 Year Legacy

Fire Exhibit Celebrates 150 Year Legacy

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

Starting in Albany during the late 1860s, a group of men banded together, choosing to set themselves apart from others in the community by wearing special badges, donning ceremonial belts and carrying ornate, metal speaking horns.

They had to be voted into the association and then pay a $2 joining fee. Sounds like a fraternal organization doesn’t it. Well partly.

Members were the resident volunteers that served in the city’s early firefighting companies…

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.