Category: Local History

About the SCHS

SCHS Buildings

Silverton Country Historical Society & Country Museum It all began at an old-timers picnic in the summer of 1974, when a small group of people, proud of their place in Silverton’s history dating back to its founding in 1854, decided that as much heritage as possible should be preserved for future generations and placed in …

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The Silverton Collection

The Silverton Collection Cover

NEW BOOK! Selected Works from a Local Historian I have volunteered with the Silverton Country Historical Society for over ten years. This has allowed me to fine-tune my service by hosting at the museum, performing research and by writing newsletter stories. I first visited the museum to research a building in late 2011. After volunteers …

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Abiqua Carbon

Coleman Bridge

Pioneer Petrochemical Activities In the Summer of 1972 when our family moved to Silverton, my parents purchased a bit over seven acres of land along the Abiqua Creek. As the largest lot in the El Romar sub-development—adjacent to what is now known as The Concrete Bridge—it was the only one to include creek frontage. My …

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Circuit Chautauqua in Silverton

Circuit Chautauqua 1916

(Originally Published in the October, 2014 SCHS Newsletter) The first day of Chautauqua is here! Or more accurately, the first day of Chautauqua week is here… The date was Sunday, July 9, 1916 and the excitement in the small community had been building ever since the first Chautauqua gathering ever to be held in Silverton …

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Frank S. Bowers; Cartoonist

Frank S. Bowers

Every so often, an artifact saved for one purpose becomes a valued clue to another! Case in point, a birthday-gifted copy of the Silverton Appeal-Tribune from August 5, 1982. It was saved for it’s coverage of that year’s Homer Davenport Days, the second annual celebration under that name. That year, the International Cartoon Contest was …

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Silverton’s Power Women

Eva Coolidge

Announcing the Silverton Power Women collection! An initial series of six “collectors cards” highlighting notable females from of the Silverton Country. Featured are Silverton’s own Flora Davenport, Polly Coon-Price, Eva Coolidge, Flora Hoblitt, Zetta Schlador and Helen Kleeb. Each card features a photograph and brief biography. For now the cards are available at the Museum …

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